Japan Studio is too busy with Knack and Puppeteer to focus its efforts on The Last Guardian, director Fumito Ueda has revealed. Breaking his silence for the first time in months, the ICO and Shadow of the Colossus creator told Famitsu magazine that while the game is still in active production, Sony’s Tokyo-based studio is focusing its efforts on the aforementioned mascot platformers for the time being.

"It's under earnest development," the luminary said of the hotly anticipated game. "However, Japan Studio, who's working on The Last Guardian, also has titles like Puppeteer and Knack, and those are taking priority right now." The developer stopped short of sharing any further information, leaving us in limbo until at least the Tokyo Game Show in September.

Unlike smaller outfits, Japan Studio has an enormous workforce that gets rotated around different projects as and when necessary. As such, it’s not enormously surprising that the developer’s focusing on Knack and Puppeteer right now, as both titles are right around the corner. The big question is: will those employees be switching to The Last Guardian once the imminent releases ship? Cross your fingers, toes, and wings.

[via famitsu.com, polygon.com]