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GameStop backtracks, says The Last Guardian not canceled

If you pre-ordered GameStop, be prepared to get a shocking call. "We've been notified by the vender that The Last Guardian has been canceled," the pre-recorded message says.

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[Update] Shacker SlamDunk spotted an update on IGN where GameStop has appeared to have changed their tune on The Last Guardian, saying: "The Last Guardian has not been cancelled by Sony as we incorrectly stated in an automated call to reservation customers. Because the game did not have a specific release date, GameStop made the decision to remove the game from our system. The Last Guardian will be reinstated for pre-order when a firm launch date is known."

[Original Story] If you pre-ordered GameStop, be prepared to get a shocking call. "We've been notified by the vendor that The Last Guardian has been canceled," the pre-recorded message says. "To reserve a different title, or to have your reservation money refunded, please go to your local store."

The game is no longer available on GameStop's website. Coupled with reports of key departures from the development team behind the troubled, long-delayed PS3 exclusive, could this be true?

SCEA's Patrick Seybold told Joystiq that reports of the game's cancellation are "not true." However, listening to the recording certainly makes us doubt the statement.

When rumors of game designer Fumito Uedo's departure from Sony emerged, Sony commented that "Ueda-san is in fact under contract, and is committed to completing his work on The Last Guardian."

While little has been seen of The Last Guardian over the years, it was heavily promoted in the recently-released Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection. Hopefully, this has been a simple mistake on GameStop's part.

[Update] Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment, denies the report, via his Twitter account. In response to gamers asking for insight, he has said GameStop's claim is "false."

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    December 22, 2011 1:45 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, The Last Guardian canceled according to GameStop, Sony refutes.

    If you pre-ordered GameStop, be prepared to get a shocking call. "We've been notified by the vender that The Last Guardian has been canceled," the pre-recorded message says.

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      December 22, 2011 2:05 PM

      Wtf is this shit >:( I am not laughing.

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      December 22, 2011 2:16 PM

      Don't scare me like that :(

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      December 22, 2011 2:17 PM

      "If you pre-ordered GameStop" ... this reads awkwardly

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      December 22, 2011 2:17 PM

      THE FUCK IT IS :(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

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      December 22, 2011 2:18 PM

      "vendor"

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        December 22, 2011 2:18 PM

        Also I basically bought a PS3 for this game what the hell don't fuck with me Sony.

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        December 23, 2011 6:59 AM

        "Sony."

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      December 22, 2011 2:28 PM

      Watch it not come out for the ps3, ends up being a Vita exclusive.

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      December 22, 2011 2:33 PM

      this is the worst christmas ever

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        December 22, 2011 2:35 PM

        Hah, that twitter feed is great.

        - no
        - it's not
        - not true
        - no!
        - its not so
        - deny
        - The rumor is false.
        - No, it has not.
        - No, it has not.

        https://twitter.com/yosp

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      December 22, 2011 2:37 PM

      "The Last Guardian has not been cancelled by Sony as we incorrectly stated in an automated call to reservation customers. Because the game did not have a specific release date, GameStop made the decision to remove the game from our system. The Last Guardian will be reinstated for pre-order when a firm launch date is known."

      http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1215394p1.html

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      December 23, 2011 12:06 AM

      Not really caring - I was underwhelmed by SoC frankly. Though perhaps this one will feel less Japanese and more normal.

      For the fans who desperate want the game, I'm glad it's not canceled.

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      December 23, 2011 9:21 AM

      Gamestop took preorders for DNF and Starcraft 2 years before a release date was announced, IIRC. Why stop doing it now?

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