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The Last Guardian has been in development for the better part of six years now. With growing concerns and slow progress, Sony says that internal studios like Sony Santa Monica are assisting on the game.
In an interview with Wired, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida stopped by to cover all of the bases on Playstation Vita, but he also cleared the air on The Last Guardian, admitting that rumors of Team Ico getting help are true.
Well, you know, it’s not just Santa Monica. We have great tech people in Worldwide Studios. We have a central tech group in the U.S. and the U.K. so we are giving them whatever help they need. Technically, we have the best engineers in the U.S. and Europe, so these teams are helping them, giving advice.
Yoshida also went on to, once again, emphasize that although creative director Fumito Ueda has left the company, he is still very much involved in the development of the game. “He never left the team, he’s on top of the game and the team is making progress,” said Yoshida. “At one point the progress was great, so we talked about the timing of the launch in the past. But now it’s making progress, but still not to the level — it’s playable, but not to the point that we can talk about the timing of launch.”
Upon my recently completing the Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection and in a bit of irony, it appears that Fumito Ueda, the luminary creator of Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and forthcoming The Last Guardian has left Sony and the development team he founded, Team Ico, as first reported by Eurogamer. He is working in a freelance capacity to help finish The Last Guardian, which may very well end up being Team Ico’s magnum opus. In this day and age of corporate restructure, it will be interesting to see what happens to the beloved developer once The Last Guardian finally sees some daylight.
Originally slated for late 2011, The Last Guardian has moved into 2012, no specified timeframe and was inexplicably missing from the most recent E3, Gamescom, and Tokyo Game Show, gaming’s largest expos.
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Team Ico/Bluepoint Games
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date: Sept. 27, 2011
Rated: T – Teen
Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are quite simply two of the greatest PlayStation 2 games ever. The 2001 and 2005 releases more than stand the test of time. They manage to outdo many of the games that are influenced by them. They are as minimal and complex as any games that have been released before, since, and after them. The fact that they got an HD makeover from Bluepoint Games on the PlayStation 3 is icing on the cake as both games look superb with their remastered textures and higher resolution definition. Oh, did I mention that I’ve never played either game? I can now check them off of my bucket list.