People often forget that E3 for Sony typically lasts longer than the week-long convention itself, with the platform holder prone to releasing tons of information and trailers prior to the show. And it looks like it's really kicking things off right now, with The Last Guardian undergoing the full blowout treatment on IGN.

The publication has uploaded a few precious minutes of footage from the upcoming Japan Studio developed PlayStation 4 exclusive, and they will probably give you goosebumps. In the video, we see the protagonist removing a spear from Trico's back, and also cuddling the mythical creature. To complement the footage, fresh-faced director Fumito Ueda talks about the challenges of bringing the cat-bird to life, and also hints at the ambiguous nature of the animal's relationship with the boy.

We're quite simply in love with the concept; the idea of creating a meaningful relationship with an AI is both ambitious and brilliant, and we can't wait to see if the developer's successful in its aims. It's not just that, though: the game looks amazing. Sure, it's not surpassing Uncharted 4: A Thief's End in terms of image quality, but the bloomy art style of ICO is very much intact, and the animations are stunning.

[via youtube.com]