IGN’s source at Sony has informed the publication that The Last Guardian has been canceled. But Sony immediately came back and said it’s not true! But now IGN is claiming their information still came from Sony. What is life?! Tonight has been an emotional roller coaster for gamers that will long be remembered for years to come. Around midnight EST (two hours ago as of this writing), IGN reported that The Last Guardian had been canceled. The publication credited their information to a source at Sony Worldwide Studios. Not soon thereafter, Head of PlayStation Software Product Development Scott Rhode stated that the rumor was simply not true.
— Scott Rohde (@RohdeScott) June 8, 2014
The author of the now-infamous IGN story was none other than IGN Editor-in-Chef Steve Butts. With the internet now raging at IGN for delivering “false news” and demanding all their heads on a stick, Butts took it upon himself to defend the story and state that the information did, in fact, come from Sony.
— Steve Butts (@SteveButts) June 8, 2014
It’s an interesting development and leads to a number of questions. Is Butts saving face now that IGN is being ridiculed across the gaming community? Is Rhode lying to avoid bad momentum for Sony going into E3? Or did Sony put out false information in their meeting to weed out a mole? These scenarios may be melodramatic (perhaps from watching too much 24).
Interesting side note, IGN’s article (which is an edited version published after the rumor was squashed) states that their team in Russia received the information. The Last Guardian rumor didn’t start tonight with IGN, but yesterday with Worlds Factory. Two Russian journalists tweeted that The Last Guardian had been canceled long before IGN reported the news.
This certainly is an interesting development. Keep it locked to iGo Gaming and we’ll be sure to deliver more news as we hear it.