You can call us 'Mystic Meg' if you like. We recently posted a story outlining why we expect Team ICO’s hotly anticipated arthouse adventure The Last Guardian to be re-revealed as a PlayStation 4 title – and creative director Fumito Ueda has added credence to our speculation in a message directed at fans earlier today. While the luminary doesn’t necessarily mention Sony’s next generation machine, the timing of the statement couldn’t be more conspicuous with the platform holder’s PlayStation Meeting now less than a week away.
“As some of you may have heard, I left Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio some time ago to pursue my creative passions," he said. "Nevertheless, I continue working on The Last Guardian as a freelance contributor. While it’s been a long time coming, [the game] remains under my creative supervision and is still in development by an incredibly talented team.”
Ueda added that details regarding the long overdue title's release are “solely decided by Sony Computer Entertainment” and that people should “keep an eye out for their official announcement”. If that’s not a tease at an impending re-reveal, we’ll eat our rare copy of Shadow of the Colossus.
The developer concluded: “Moving forward, it is my intent to continue my involvement with The Last Guardian project, 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.”
Perhaps we’re reading between the lines too much, but it sounds to us like the game’s almost done. There’s a sense of closure to this post, like the creative heavy lifting has been completed and Studio Japan is merely applying the final layers of gloss.
In light of these new comments, we’re doubling down on our prediction: The Last Guardian will be a PS4 game, it will be re-revealed on 20th February, and it will be a launch title for Sony’s upcoming machine. If all of that comes true, expect the Internet to implode. Literally.