Despite the fact that it's been years since we actually saw any evidence that The Last Guardian exists, the almost mythical spiritual successor to Shadow of the Colossus still manages to make the news with alarming frequency, such is the anticipation surrounding Team ICO's next game.

The latest news comes courtesy of a savvy NeoGAF user, who's pointed out that the title's trademark has expired, consequently leaving a lot of currently unanswerable questions hanging in the air. For starters, this could be read as a bad sign -- a sign that Sony's abandoned the project. Equally plausible is the more positive notion that the game could be getting a name change for when it's finally re-revealed. We bet you hope that it's the latter, eh?

There are a number of other reasons as to why Sony's let the trademark slip away, but since it's purely conjecture at this point, we'll let you lot battle it out in the comments section below.

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