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The Last Guardian Is Still In Development, But Progress Is Slow

Posted by Sammy Barker

Glimmer of hope

The Last Guardian is definitely still in development, Sony Worldwide Studios executive, Shuhei Yoshida, has assured 1Up. But there’s a caveat: progress is slow.

Speaking at the DICE summit this week, Yoshida said:

The project has been making progress, but slow progress. So that's tough, but we haven't changed any focus. It's still a really important project and a vision we want to see realized, and Fumito's vision is really causing a very difficult challenge for the developers, so there's some scrapping and rebuilding — iteration in the process. That's why [it's taking so long].

Asked about Fumito Ueda’s employment status, Yoshida clarified:

He was an employee, and now he's working on a contract basis. You know, we discussed an arrangement so he could focus on the creative side. It was just more a contractual rearrangement, and that was taken [by many] as "he left".

According to Yoshida, Ueda’s involvement in the game hasn’t diminished as a result of the contractual rearrangement. “He comes in every day, and he's probably one of the people who works the longest hours,” Yoshida explained.

But what of the future? Will Fumito Ueda still work at Sony once The Last Guardian is finished?

If this project goes well. We’ve worked with him for a long time so, yeah, I certainly hope we can maintain a relationship.

Cross everything you’ve got.

[via 1up.com]

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rjejr

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rjejr said:

I guess I'm confusing ti with Skyward Sword b/c I though this game was done but they were just taking some time tweaking it. Sounds like a lot more than tweaking going on. I'm pretty sure I remember this having an early 2011 release date (though it was probably just a release date holder for Amazon or Gamestop).
How long before it gets renamed "The Last Guardian Forever"?
Oh well, maybe they are just secretly holding out for a PS4 launch title spot. Yeah, that's the ticket.

JayArr

#3

JayArr said:

I really hope they finalize this game as I'm still a bit nervous it might fall through. I have been dying to get my hands on this game for years. The way production is going on this I imagine this will be the last Ico game we see......

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