By Jarrod Jones. That empty pit in your stomach has spread into that void in your heart. All is despair. And winter is coming.

Sad news from the world of gaming Monday morning, which was delivered by Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Interactive Worldwide, of all people: The Last Guardian has hit yet another snag in the shitty briarpatch that is its long-suffering development. Another delay is forthcoming, as is another release date, and I think it’s time this coffee had a bit more bourbon in it. Mondays!

The Last Guardian development team is fast approaching major milestones in production and has made the tough decision to delay the release of The Last Guardian a few weeks,” Mr. Yoshida wrote in an update on the PlayStation Blog. “The Last Guardian will launch on December 6, 2016.

December 6 is almost a full two months after the release date that was promised at this year’s E3 conference. For those of us who were looking forward to the game’s October 25 release, which would have given us yet another opportunity to ignore our friend’s pleas that we would once, once, come out and enjoy Halloween like normal people, this comes as a great disappointment indeed. But for those who have been tracking The Last Guardian since it began development all the way back in 2007, this is but another brick in the wall around our collective hearts. Because feelings are but fickle chemicals coursing through our meat-veins.

Putting all of that into a somewhat more coherent context — if The Last Guardian were a person, they would be in third grade by now, and wouldn’t even know what the hell a PlayStation 4 was. The Last Guardian would be neck-deep in Pokémon and waiting for Super Mario Run by now. And another death knell for console gaming tolled.

From PlayStation Blog: 

The Last Guardian development team is fast approaching major milestones in production and has made the tough decision to delay the release of The Last Guardian a few weeks. The Last Guardian will launch on December 6, 2016.

Fumito Ueda, gen DESIGN and JAPAN Studio have a wonderful vision for The Last Guardian’s touching, emotional journey of friendship and trust, and we want to deliver the most polished experience possible for our fans who have supported us for so long. A delay is a difficult decision, particularly with this game, but we have encountered more bugs than anticipated while in the final stages of development. To ensure that The Last Guardian delivers on the experience that the game’s creators have envisioned, we need to take the extra time to work on those issues.

Our development continues to push itself to the fullest and we look forward to revealing new content toward launch.

We appreciate your continued support.

‘The Last Guardian’ will likely arrive just in time to disrupt Hanukkah December 16.

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