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The Last Guardian game finally spreads its wings for PlayStation 4

At Sony's E3 2015, the atmospheric, long-shelved game shakes off the dust to arrive at Sony's console.

Sony's first preview of the evening, The Last Guardian, drew massive applause from the excited audience at E3 2015. Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

Among the new gaming franchises and titles that Sony introduced Monday night at E3 2015 comes one throwback title that hit the crowd right in their nostalgia-loving hearts. The Last Guardian is finally here, and it's coming to the Sony PlayStation 4 console.

Originally planned for a 2011 release (and begun in 2007), the adventure game -- known for its atmospheric environment and unlikely friendship between a boy and a giant winged mammal (Trico, for fans) -- opened Sony's 2-hour-plus keynote.

Fans loudly applauded the trailer, which steeped touching scenes between the boy and his creature friend in minor chords, and mist and moss.

Just a boy and his flying deer-giraffe-cat-thing pal. Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

Compared with the raucous, feisty female-anchored trailer that followed, Horizon: Zero Dawn, The Last Guardian's slow pacing certainly seems like it belongs to a bygone era. However, if longtime fans take the bait, Sony can count on sales that, if not epic themselves, at least do this particular epic game some justice.

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