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‘The Last Guardian’ concludes a loose trilogy of games that started with ‘Ico’ and ‘Shadow of the Colossus.’ ― AFP pic‘The Last Guardian’ concludes a loose trilogy of games that started with ‘Ico’ and ‘Shadow of the Colossus.’ ― AFP picSAN FRANCISCO, Dec 1 ― When annual video game franchises typically take two to three years to be readied for release, December PlayStation 4 release “The Last Guardian” spent nine years in development. And the long-awaited conclusion to the Team Ico trilogy isn't the only one....

Too Human (2008) ― 9 years

Norse mythology meets science fiction when the player becomes a cybernetically enhanced god. Initially intended to release in 1999, the game switched console exclusivity from PlayStation to GameCube to Xbox 360. Released to an average reception before its studio was bankrupted in court by a software manufacturer.

Team Fortress 2 (2007) ― 9 years

PC gaming giants Valve acquired the team behind fan-made “Quake” mod “Team Fortress” and set about remaking it and then creating a sequel. It morphed from a realistic shooter into a wildly caricatured but carefully designed staple of PC gaming. Became free-to-play in 2011.

Overwatch (2016) ― 9 years

Starting life as massively multiplayer concept “Titan,” Blizzard Entertainment eventually scrapped the project in 2014 and from its component parts assembled this hugely successful team action game, one of 2016's biggest games and released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Owlboy (2016) ― 9 years

Another one from 2007, indie hit “Owlboy” was highly anticipated by a loyal following since elegant early screenshots showed a dedication to classics like “Super Mario Bros. 3” and “Kid Icarus.” It released on PC at the start of November to rave reviews.

Mother 3 (2006) ― 9 years

Like “Owlboy,” “Mother 3” has cultivated an intensely devoted fan following, and one which has provided foreign-language translations of the Japanese-only release. Nearly a decade in non-continuous development, this Game Boy Advance adventure's quality and charm shone through like few others did before or since, affording it a special place in the hearts of those who played it.

Though nine years is a lifetime in video game development terms, even these five games are overshadowed by the likes of November 2016's “Final Fantasy XV” (10 years,) PC best-seller “Diablo III” and 2006 collector's item “Prey” (11 years,) as well as the ultimately disappointing pairing of “Aliens: Colonial Marines” (2013, 12 years) and “Duke Nukem Forever” (2011, 14 years.) ― AFP-Relaxnews

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