If you’ve never heard about The Last Guardian from Team Ico (Ico, Shadow of the Colossus) and Sony Computer Entertainment, then… waste no time in watching the debut trailer for the game released during E3 2009.
We’ll talk again in few minutes:
The Last Guardian – Official E3 Trailer
Did you watch it? Still don’t know what’s going on? Alright then.
The Last Guardian is a game currently in development at Team Ico under the watchful supervision of game design luminary Fumito Ueda, the man whose vision shaped previous masterpiece games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. The game itself sees players take control of a boy navigating his way through ancient ruins and temples, aided by the might of an enormous ‘cat eagle’ creature, which will help the boy in his travels.
Following the official announcement of The Last Guardian in 2009, we’ve collected together batches of screenshots and small snippets of news, as well as another trailer from Tokyo Game Show in 2010, but from early 2012 Sony has been very quiet about Team Ico’s game.
The Last Guardian – TGS 2010 Trailer
It was subsequently revealed that Fumito Ueda had departed Team Ico, but remained as a freelance supervisor to help The Last Guardian reach the finish line of its development, and other than miscellaneous murmurs and rumours, the project has widely been written off as vapourware by industry pundits.
Recently, however, Ueda himself has broken the silence to instil confidence in the gaming public, writing on his own personal website that The Last Guardian is still in development:
“As some of you may have heard,” Ueda began. “I left Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio some time ago to pursue my creative passions. Nevertheless, I continue working on The Last Guardian as a freelance contributor. While it’s been a long time coming, The Last Guardian remains under my creative supervision and is still in development by an incredibly talented team.
“It is my intent to continue my involvement with the project,” he continued, “as well as pursue new creative projects with a fresh perspective. As I rekindle my passions as a creator, I look forward to seeing where it will take me, and I deeply appreciate your support during this transition.”
When can we expect find out more about The Last Guardian? Ueda has a cryptic, but straightforward answer:
“I should also mention that details regarding The Last Guardian’s release is solely decided by Sony Computer Entertainment, not myself. Please keep an eye out for their official announcement.”
Whether that means that an announcement is coming soon, or that he simply wants everyone to stop pestering him for news, isn’t clear in the message, but with Sony’s big PlayStation event happening on February 20th (where it’s widely believed that the PlayStation 4 will be revealed), it would make sense to hear about The Last Guardian again next week.
How would you feel about The Last Guardian appearing on the PlayStation 4 and skipping over PlayStation 3? Would Sony be so devious as to release The Last Guardian solely on the PS Vita to spur sales of the handheld?