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The Last Guardian Re-emerges Ahead of PlayStation Meeting

Posted by Sammy Barker

Perfect timing

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.

[via fumi.to]

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User Comments (13)

Superconsole

#1

Superconsole said:

EXCITE!!! Although I'm not sure whether I partly wish it was still a PS3 title... Only time will tell!

XCWarrior

#2

XCWarrior said:

Well it's good to hear it's not cancelled, but stinks it won't be on PS3. I only have a PS3 for realistic sports games and RPGs. This was one of the games I was hoping to play on it. Maybe it will come out for both, but I doubt that.

get2sammybAdmin

#3

get2sammyb said:

Personally, I want them to use the new hardware. As a showpiece title for the next generation, this has the potential to be utterly incredible.

@XCWarrior It might still be on PS3. I'm speculating. But all signs are pointing to PS4 right now. (Both platforms is possible too, like you mention. But given the reported technical issues they had on the current gen system, I think it's unlikely.)

Gemuarto

#4

Gemuarto said:

... Sony. Why did I buy PS3 then? =((( Glad for Fumita Ueda, though. Hope he will find what he seeks and make something cool for PS Vita, thumbs up =).

hamispink

#6

hamispink said:

The box art in the corner having the Spiderman 3 font shows how long this game has been in development. :P

SomeBitTripFan

#7

SomeBitTripFan said:

If this game is better than Ico & Shadow of the Colossus, I'll have to get it (and whatever console it comes out on).

3Above

#8

3Above said:

God i hope it is a launch title for PS4!! that will be a day 1 for me. But if its not...."If that’s not a tease at an impending re-reveal, we’ll eat our rare copy of Shadow of the Colossus."

Either way will be interesting.

ThreadShadow

#9

ThreadShadow said:

Feb 20 might feature the lions share of info about PS4, but at the end they may have a little time for PS3-like saying, while you wait for PS4, please remember to enjoy PS3, and here's what you have to look forward to on PS3 the rest of this year...a reel of trailers is shown featuring the likes of FF Versus Xiii, and finishing with the grand finale of The Last Guardian. It could happen.

I'll say this, I hope Guardian is released on PS3 as well as PS4, because this is where I get off, and I don't want to miss out on the game that was a major part of why I bought the PS3.

Wasn't FFXII, and Shadow of the Colossus released fairly late in the life cycle of the PS2 and just on the eve of the PS3?

rastamadeus

#10

rastamadeus said:

As the chap above me says I fully expect this to be shown after any PS4 stuff as a "while you wait - seeing as we expect hardly anyone to actually buy one while there's a recession - here's what will be the PS3's last hurrah.

rjejr

#12

rjejr said:

I'm still hoping for a PS3 release. I still don't even have a reason to buy a Wii U (seems like I've been waiting for Pikmin 3 almost as long as this game) so I know it will be a long while before I get a PS4, even if this game is a launch title. Sony might be wise to make it PS4 though to give people reason to buy the system. The leaps and bounds in graphical improvement, connectivity, and storage days are over. Only reason left to buy a new system is exclusives.

fishwilson

#13

fishwilson said:

I'm kind of split on this one. Yes it would be nice to have this game perform as it should on the new hardware, still its something really cool about the games coming out for a console in its dying hours, when the developers really get to squeeze the hardware to its last drop and you get the "vow I can't believe this game is on .... (N64, Gamecube, Ps2, ps3, wii, insert last gen console of choice here). And the ps3 being known to be hard to develope for, and The Last Guardian being a first party release of sorts, well I would actually like it to join The Last of Us, GTA V. Beyond: Two Souls and Lightning Returns as the swan song on the ps3 - talk about going out with a bang and not a whimper!

That for me is actually some of the charm with games like Shadow of the Colossus on the ps2, slowdown and all, that its actually a ps2 game and Final Fantasy XII - it looks fantastic for a ps2 game. And FFIX on the psx, who cannot say it looks pretty damn nice on the hardware?

And considering TLG having been in development for so many years with the ps3 in mind well I can't possibly imagine it being optimized for the ps4 hardware and not for a moment taxing the system.

So I would actually prefer TLG coming out on the ps3, I think the hardware should be at least adequate for the vision that Ueda had with this game and then he should hopefully begin a new project from scratch for the ps4, with an even grander vision and scope.

End of rambling.

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