The saga continues
It wouldn't be a major videogame industry event without a Sony executive making an offhand remark about The Last Guardian. This time, vice president of Sony Worldwide Studios Europe Michael Denny was on hand to make sure that we know the title is still very much a part of the Japanese giant's long term strategy. "There are no new...
Former Battlefield and Killzone developers involved, too
Two former The Last Guardian artists have splintered away from Team ICO and co-founded a new studio called Friend & Foe, and the company's first game looks a bit like a cross between Journey and Shadow of the Col
That's the theory
While it may feel like we're beating a dead horse – or, more appropriately, a dead giant dinosaur-bird-thing – we really would like Sony to just tell us what's going on with The Last Guardian. Honestly, we wouldn't even be that mad if the Japanese giant had cancelled the game. Okay, maybe we would be pretty mad, but that would...
The Late Guardian
The Last Guardian may just be the most excruciating case of vapourware in recorded history. We saw that stunning debut trailer way back before fire was invented, and since then we've been subject to an increasingly painful series of teases. First it was suggested that the title was being moved to the PlayStation 4, and then Jack...
ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus are two of the best games ever released on a PlayStation platform
The critical darlings both spawned a fervent fanbase on the PlayStation 2, and recently got upgraded for the PS3. Now the two arthouse adventures are preparing for even greater exposure, with the Official PlayStation Blogcast confirming both titles for a...
GameStop has issued a statement apologising for causing concern regarding The Last Guardian's development status overnight
The US retailer caused a furore when it contacted customers holding pre-orders for the Team ICO developed title, informing them that the game had been cancelled. Sony immediately followed-up the story, declining that the game had been canned. But with the number of high profile..
Poor Shuhei Yoshida's Twitter feed is a sight for sore eyes this evening
The Worldwide Studios executive spent the best part of the night clearing up rumours that suggested Team ICO's troubled title, The Last Guardian, had been cancelled. It hasn't — but there's definitely some confusion over the matter. Rumours hit overdrive when customers holding pre-orders for the anticipated PlayStation 3..
Legendary PlayStation developer Fumito Ueda -- the creative force behind ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus -- has left Sony, the platform holder has announced
Ueda's departure comes following a series of rumours surrounding the developer's employment. But while Ueda's long-term future remains unclear, Sony confirmed that his immediate commitments are to complete what he started: upcoming PlayStation 3..
Things aren't going smoothly at Team ICO it seems
Just days after creative lead Fumito Ueda reassured fans regarding the development of The Last Guardian, news of another departure has surfaced. This time it's the game's executive producer, who's left Sony for London based casual games studio, Bossa. Yoshifusa Hayama worked as the executive producer on The Last Guardian, as well as ICO and Final..
Fumito Ueda has responded to rumours suggesting that he has left Shadow Of The Colossus developer Team ICO, affecting development of the studio's next project
In a short Twitter message, the creative powerhouse said that development of The Last Guardian was still on track and that fans have nothing to worry about. While Ueda did not outright deny the rumours surrounding his employment, he at least..
The man behind two of Sony's most loved games -- ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus -- has left the company according to a report published by Eurogamer this evening
The website claims that the creative power-house is working on completing upcoming title The Last Guardian in a freelance capacity. Once finished, it's reported that Ueda will leave Sony in order to pursue personal projects. The..
There's a variety of behind-the-scenes videos included on the ICO & Shadow Of The Colossus Collection
Most of them pertain to the development of its titular games, but amongst them is a snippet of The Last Guardian. Much of the footage is reused from various trailers and demonstrations, but there's a few new bits-and-bobs hidden in there. Needless to say it looks amazing. [Thanks TSA]
Spoilers: we've already finished both ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus in high-defition
You'll get your chance this week, when the game launches in various territories around the world. If you're still undecided, then we have a review forthcoming. But we suppose we can say that this collection compiles the definitive versions of two of the best games...
We're currently playing through the remastered versions of ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus and, to pre-empt our review, we are having an absolute blast
Both games have a subtlety that's, at times, effortless but yet majestic in execution. It's the kind of magic we expect from The Last Guardian when it eventually releases in the near future. But with the game a no-show at this year's Tokyo Game Show,..
Shuhei Yoshida has admitted in an interview with VG247 that Team ICO is "making progress" with The Last Guardian, despite development not moving as quickly as hoped
"The Last Guardian team has been making progress," Shuhei told the website. "Its been very difficult in terms of seeing the progress: not as fast as wed been hoping for, and the team has been under big..
The Team ICO Collection includes more than two of the most revered titles in PlayStation history
A post on the PlayStation Blog this afternoon has revealed the game's full range of bonus video content. The on-disc videos include prototype footage of ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus, as well as a round-table discussion with Fumito Ueda (creator), Kenji Kaido (producer) and Junichi Hosono (designer)..
IGN's gone live with some new footage of the upcoming ICO & Shadow Of The Colossus Collection
The remastered package brings Fumito Ueda's PlayStation 2 classics into high-definition with 3D support. Check the footage out after the jump. The collection is due out at the end of September. <object id="vid_4e41b45c3831c828c100008c"..
ICO is widely considered to be one of the best video games of all time
Fumito Ueda's PlayStation 2 classic is a banner release, set to get a PS3 make-over next month. So of course, such an important release requires a novel. ICO: The Castle Of Mist is due out on August 13th via Viz Media. "A boy with horns, marked for death. A girl who sleeps in a cage of iron. The Castle in the Mist has..
One could argue that getting high-definition remasters of Team ICO's massive PlayStation 2 adventure titles, ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus, are bonuses enough, but Sony's got some extra goodies to bundle with the upcoming Team ICO Collection to make the package that touch more tempting
Included with new copies of the game will be a download voucher for two XMB dynamic themes — naturally one for..
Stranger things have happened
We reported on The Last Guardian's PlayStation Move support last year, when Fumito Ueda commented the game 'may' receive optional Playstation Move controls. The trail went cold after that though, but now it's heating up again. As spotted by iWaggle3D, the Sony Computer Entertainment America press site listed The Last...
Sony's updated the Japanese websites for the upcoming ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus HD remakes
With the updated pages comes two new trailers which have been handily posted to YouTube for our embedding pleasure. Check out trailers for both games after the jump.
Everyone's favourite arthouse development suite, Team ICO, has made a bold move into the head offices of SCE this week -- presumably so top figures like Kaz Hirai can ensure creative lead Fumito Ueda actually finishes the studio's latest title, The Last Guardian
Fumito described the move as a "major reformation of our development environment", designed to set Team ICO up for bigger and..
Look: we get it
You've spent the past few years learning about how pivotal the Team ICO titles are, but you've never actually experienced them for yourself. You've looked on eBay, but the original PS2 titles fetch a packet. You've all but given up. Thankfully HD remasters do serve a purpose after all. With Sony readying a bundle of both ICO and...
Sony did amazing jobs on the God Of War and Sly Cooper Collections, but holy heck this Team ICO Collection really is a thing of beauty
Combine the game's stunning art direction with the technical upgrades made on this release and, well, you have a supremely confident remaster. The frame-rate in particular looks silky smooth. Check the video after the jump.
Sony's finally slapped a September 22nd release date on the highly anticipated high-definition re-releases of PS2 classics ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus
The titles will release separately at ¥3,980 (US$49). Sony's also putting out a limited edition box (pictured) that includes both games, as well as a booklet compiled by Japanese magazine Brutus that looks at the game creator Fumito Ueda and that..
Team ICO's gaffer Fumito Ueda is not going to E3
Apparently. See, while we've no real reason to doubt Ueda's Twitter confirmation, we seem to recall David Jaffe pulling a similar stunt last year, only to roll up in Sweet Tooth's ice-cream truck and announce Twisted Metal. Of course, there's a good chance Ueda is telling the truth, in which case The Last Guardian will probably not be present at E3..
"The boy was smiling," reads an excerpt from the English translation of the upcoming ICO novel, Castle In The Mist
"Whatever happened to the people in this city had happened so quickly, he hadnt even had time to realize that he was about to die." The book's due out on August 16th, presumably to drum up anticipation for the upcoming Team ICO Collection and The Last Guardian. There's a..
If you were expecting to play Fumito Ueda's avant-garde PS2 releases remastered in glorious HD (and 3D) this Spring, well, we suggest you stop
A representative for K-Mart and Sears has said on the Cheap Ass Gamer forums that the Team ICO Collection has been pushed into the holidays. Looks like this Holiday, actually, from my last meeting with Sony, he said. The implications of this are..
There's a beauty to The Last Guardian that's evident each and every time the game is shown
It's not necessarily a technical thing — the game is definitely pretty, but certainly not on par with the likes of Uncharted or Killzone. It's something to do with the art, colour palette, and perhaps, most importantly, the animation. There's an endearing soft look to it. As such, if there's anyone..
A bunch of new information on the hotly anticipated PlayStation 3 exclusive, The Last Guardian, has rolled out of this week's Famitsu magazine
The Japanese gaming bible has a four-page feature on the game, as well as an interview with Team ICO boss, Fumito Ueda. According to the interview, Torico — the cat, rat, dog thing from the trailers — will not be able to communicate with the protagonist..
A TV segment aired in Japan has revealed a sneaky little glimpse at new footage from The Last Guardian
The clip shows Fumito Ueda on-stage at Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference, before heading into Team ICO's esteemed studio and capturing Ueda looking contemplative at some TLG development footage. The new gameplay, shown at around 5:32 of the video clip, show the boy throwing things at the..
Ueda's clear that The Last Guardian is not a "pet game"
He stated as much in a Q&A session on the PlayStation Blog, explaining that the player will be protected by the giant animal from the trailers. The title suggests that while the giant griffin-like animal might be the last protector of its kind, the player might run into other large beasts. Ueda's quick to point out that the player will not..
Team Ico keeping coy
Team Ico's The Last Guardian was undoubtedly one of the highlights of this year's Tokyo Game Show, wowing many with its bizarre dog-eagle character and beautiful graphics. It's currently heading towards a release date around Christmas 2011, leaving director Fumito Ueda and team plenty of time to discuss whether Move controls...
Team ICO's director, Fumito Ueda, has revealed that the upcoming The Last Guardian may include optional support for the PlayStation Move controller
Speaking with Dengeki Online , the Shadow Of The Colossus man noted that Move support is a possibility when the game launches late next year. While Ueda was keen on the possibility of Move, he did stress that any support would be "optional"..
For the past couple of years, Fumito Ueda and his Team ICO studio have been developing the technologies and concepts that will be used in The Last Guardian
Now, the legendary developer has revealed that his team have moved into full production of the anticipated title. Weve been working on the final concept for the game over the past year, and Im pleased to say that we have now locked that..
Fumito Ueda finally lifted the lid on The Team ICO Collection at TGS this week -- a long requested package that will see two of the best PlayStation 2 games ever made, ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus, remastered in high-definition and 3D
It's a package Ueda generally seems thrilled to bits with, as he told the European arm of the PlayStation Blog that the added dimension adds "life" to the..
The ICO & Shadow Of The Colossus Collection is coming
And it's coming next Spring. The game's just been announced by Team ICO's Fumito Ueda at a Sony TGS press conference. The PS3 package will see Team ICO's classic PlayStation 2 titles upgraded into high-definition and retro-fitted with wide-screen support. The games will also come with full stereoscopic 3D support. Ueda confirmed that the..
The Last Guardian could be the most important PlayStation 3 title to date
There's a case for LittleBigPlanet, Uncharted and Gran Turismo — all of which are stunning, but parallel in some way. But Fumito Ueda's Team ICO possess a brilliance unmatched across the industry. When Team ICO announce a game, the industry listens. The Last Guardian may not be a commercial hit; but it could end up being..
Famitsu's released a new set of direct-feed shots from The Last Guardian
As you might imagine, they are utterly gorgeous. The new screens are a bit small due to Famitsu's compression, so here's hoping we get some biggies direct from Sony soon. Fumito Ueda's due to have a big presence at TGS this year. We're expecting to see more of The Last Guardian, aswell as the formal announcement of the..
If you ask many PlayStation owners what their most anticipated unannounced PlayStation 3 title is, many would state the often talked about repackaging of Fumito Ueda's PlayStation 2 hits: ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus
The games were both monumental releases in the PlayStation 2's life, and remain two of the best games ever created. Seeing them remasted in HD has proved a big demand for PlayStation..
WalMart's on a roll
No sooner have they got tongues wagging about a possible sequel to MAG, but they're also listing an Easter re-release for the oft-touted ICO and Shadow Of the Colossus collection. Sony's yet to announce the collection, though it could make an appearance at next week's TGS. The package is far too anticipated to not happen, expect it to land around the time of The Last Guardian.
It might not have appeared on Sony's TGS line-up, but Team Ico's Fumito Ueda wants us to know that there will be something new on The Last Guardian soon
In an interview with Famitsu Ueda noted, I believe well soon be able to make some announcements that will please everyone, so please look forward to it." There won't be a better venue than Tokyo Game Show, but we still feel like the..
Despite Team Ico's The Last Guardian being promised for Tokyo Game Show by honcho Fumito Ueda himself, the game's looking more and more like it's going to be a no-show
Well, certainly in playable form anyway. While Sony might well be keeping their biggest release close to their chest — the game's not been mentioned on their TGS line-up. That would hint at the game not being available in playable..
Fumito Ueda, the PlayStation legend behind titles such as Ico and Shadow Of The Colossus, has revealed on his newly formed Twitter account that his team will be showing "something" at Tokyo Game Show later in the year
Amidst a bunch of lifestyle related Tweets, Ueda declared: "We should be able to show something at Tokyo Game Show, so look forward to it." The Last Guardian wasn't..
Sony's Worldwide Studios honcho, Shuhei Yoshida, has revealed that Sony are "very aware" of the fan-demand for an ICO/Shadow Of The Colossus re-release on the PlayStation 3
So he should be aswell, with the exception of cross-game chat, it's perhaps the most talked about unannounced PlayStation topic. In a video interview, he told Joystiq: As soon as we released God of War in an HD collection,..
We all know it's happening
The Team ICO Collection, that is. To be honest, it's probably already finished. "Why's it being held back then?" you scream. Marketing. Launch the Team ICO Collection a few months before The Last Guardian and you raise that studio's profile. Dramatically. Amazon France seem to know something we don't anyway. They've listed The Team ICO Collection
Perhaps the biggest story overshadowing Sony's E3 press conference last night was not what was showed, but what wasn't -- most notably Team Ico's The Last Guardian
Sony's Scott Rohde's has explained that the game's absence was due to timing and nothing more. The SCEA man told 1Up: The best way I can answer that is something that Sony does and were very proud of this is that were going..
With E3 mere days away now, the industry's anticipation is nearing fever-pitch
With pretty high stakes all around for the platform holders, it can be easy to over-look the actual core of the event in anticipation of megaton announcements and new hardware — that's the games. As we continue our E3 build-up, we list our five most anticipated...
Eurogamer's tech-blog Digital Foundry have done some pretty amazing work to predict how an HD re-release of ICO and Shadow Of The Colossus might look
They're using PC emulation to derive the results, and have a full technical breakdown if that's your bag. Honestly, after watching Shadow Of The Colossus' intro redone with the technique we're more on board than ever. Please Sony, we're begging you:..