But now it's official: Sony's confirmed that both The Last Guardian and Team ICO Collection will miss their respective Holiday and Spring 2011 release windows. We'll give you chance to have a little sob...

Producer Fumito Ueda was regretful on the PlayStation Blog, apologising for the delay but stating it was necessary to improve the quality of the product.

"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."

We're assuming that the Team ICO Collection is close to completion and is being delayed in order to be used as a marketing component for The Last Guardian. We never expected the latter to ship this year to be honest, but now we're worried the delay is going to be longer than we anticipated. Here's hoping it still launches early 2012.