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Fumito Ueda Talks About "Immersion" As The Last Guardian Moves Into Full Production

Posted by Sammy Barker

For the past couple of years, Fumito Ueda and his Team ICO studio have been developing the technologies and concepts that will be used in The Last Guardian

Now, the legendary developer has revealed that his team have moved into full production of the anticipated title.

“We’ve been working on the final concept for the game over the past year, and I’m pleased to say that we have now locked that down and we’ve moved into full production,” Ueda told the PlayStation Blog.

“We learned from our experiences on ICO and Shadow of the Colossus that doing Research & Development at the same time as making the game slows down the process, so we decided to spend more time on R&D up front, testing out technologies and mechanics, before moving into full production. I’m glad to say that, right now, we’re in crunch mode.

“I’m always thinking about creating a game that I’d want to play but that doesn’t currently exist – I want to make that happen.

“As a creator, I think that developing a truly immersive experience and creating a believable reality even within a fictional world is very important and unique to the interactive nature of gaming.

“The last trailer we released sparked internet rumours of a sad ending, because of the arrows stuck in Trico’s back, and with people remembering the endings of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. We wanted to neutralise any assumption of the direction of the game. In addition, we wanted to show a bit more of the emotional attachment between the boy and Trico. The relationship between these two is core to the game experience.”

Udea also said the relationship between Trico and the boy in the game was not “established” at the start of it, like it was between Waner and Agro in Shadow of the Colossus.

“The [relationship between the two] is very similar to Rock, Paper, Scissors,” explained Ueda. “There will be times when Trico is paper, the boy is rock and the enemy is scissors. It’s a triangular relationship where strength is relative to the situation. For example, as you’ll see in the video, Trico can’t squeeze into small places and the boy can’t climb to high places, so they help each other out.

“In Shadow of the Colossus, people really liked the relationship between the two. The difference lies in the fact that Agro and Wander already had an established bond, whereas the relationship between Trico and the boy is new, and it develops throughout the game.

“Compared to Agro, who was a fully grown, tamed character, Trico is wilder, almost adolescent, and this comes through in his expressive personality which adds humour to the game.”

It sound incredible. And it looks incredible too. You can see for yourself through here.

The Last Guardian's due out in Holiday 2011.

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