Shadow of the Colossus/ICO, The Last Guardian delayed

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) has announced that Shadow of the Colossus/ICO Collection and The Last Guardian have been delayed.

The HD-flavoured bundle was originally due to ship in the spring, while Griffin-meets-boy epic The Last Guardian was pencilled in for a winter 2011 launch. No word yet on when both games will see the light of day, though we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop.

Said Phil Lynch, SCEE’s European product manager:  “SCEE can confirm that we are officially delaying the release of ICO/Shadow of the Colossus Collection and The Last Guardian from their respective launch timeframes of Spring 2011 and Holiday/Winter 2011. We will provide more information regarding release timing at a later date.”

Elsewhere, Fumito Ueda, director & lead designer of Team ICO, offered his apologies on the delay, explaining the decision ultimately boiled down to providing consumers with more quality gameplay experience.

“I announced at last year’s Tokyo Game Show that the release timing of The Last Guardian which is currently being developed would be holiday 2011,” he said.

“However, to provide more challenging and better quality of content to users and to fulfill First Party Studio’s obligations, I decided to postpone its release timing."

“All the members of my production team are working together at a fast pace to develop and release the game in First Party Studio quality."

“I sincerely apologize to all the customers who have been waiting for “The Last Guardian” for so long, but I beg for your patience. I will also announce the new release timing at a later time.”

Stay tuned.