The Last Guardian director Fumito Ueda appears to have teased genDesign’s next title with a concept art released to coincide with the New Year. Those of you who’ve been around the clock a bit will recall a similar image being published long before The Last Guardian even leaked, showing Trico’s chains and a bundle of feathers. It’s likely, then, that this will foreshadow some form of announcement.
The art, as with all of Ueda’s work, is intriguing. It shows a beam of light with doves flying overhead, and a Yorda-esque ethereal figure awaking atop a stair case. To the right of the picture appears to be some kind of monster’s hand – it’s hard to make out. Could this be some kind of King Kong-esque tale, perhaps? It’d certainly be a natural step for the industry veteran.
Common sense suggests that this will be a PlayStation 4 game, but it’s worth remembering that Ueda is no longer a Sony employee. He, along with key members of the Team ICO team, departed Japan Studio to form genDesign while The Last Guardian was transferred from the PlayStation 3 to the platform holder’s new-gen console. His new studio then collaborated with Sony to finish the game.
Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida has said that the manufacturer wants to work with Ueda again, and it’s hard to imagine many other publishers giving the director the resources that he requires to make games on the scale that he likes to create. But we’ll have to wait and see – either way, we don't think this will be announced until all involved parties have a firm release window in mind.
That looks like a Ueda game.
Hopefully it's another PlayStation game, just a pity not enough people bought TLG.
nice.more PlayStation game.the better.best console ever word up son
@get2sammyb/do you think it could possibly be a teaser for a game that will end up releasing on the next generation?
Nice! Can’t wait to play it in 10 years on PlayStation 6!
@Turismo4GT Could be. I don't think they'll formally announce this until it's almost finished, though — they won't want a repeat of The Last Guardian.
Interestingly, ICO also started life on the PSone and was eventually converted to the PS2, so Ueda does have a track record of moving platforms during development.
It's a shame that Team ICO doesn't exist anymore, one of my favorite studios of all time. I'm not sure, but Ueda said that he is not interested in create games like he made with Team ICO, he even said once that he was interested on FPS titles.
Anyway, any game created by Ueda will have my attention, but it looks like that will be something more like "blockbuster".
I’m looking forward to passing on legends of this game’s probable existence and possible announcement to my children, who will pass it along to their children, who may one day see its confirmed release date.
I hope it's more like action game (sotc) rather than puzzle game (ico and tlg).
@For7una7o This game was canned but because everyone kept asking it was released. Plus it was not in development all the time because some key figures left.
I got the last guardian for xmas and i can't wait to dive in
From article: "To the right of the picture appears to be some kind of monster’s hand – it’s hard to make out."
Could also possibly be the mouth and nose of a large beast. Dragons often guard princesses.
Looks exciting! I hope it stays with Sony and it feels like it will (here's hoping).
@Gravity_Bear If you go to their website, you can see the image in a higher resolution. It's definitely some kind of hand. Not sure what it is attached to though.
I love this image. It's so, SO Ueda.
@Octane Ah yes, you can make out the finger joints, thanks. It's interesting the features that are attached to the hand.
Reallyhope ueda-san continues to work with sony.
Donkey Kong remake confirmed!
I don't even care what it is, and I don't care how long it takes to make, sign me up! If a delay like that results in another game like The Last Guardian then I will happily wait as long as it takes.
@Flaming_Kaiser that was sarcasm. I know all about it. I’m a huge Ueda fan. Recognized his talent after playing ICO and bought Shadow of the Colossus on release day back in 2005 because I knew it was going to be something special. You’re preaching to the choir.
MUST. CONTROL. HYPE!
Even if the beast itself was just the hand, I’ll play it. Ueda’s games are worth experiencing. They’re weired and beautiful at the same time.
Awesome! Can't wait for 2028!
I suppose this could release on the PS4 if they're using the same engine from TLG, wouldn't count on it though.
The girl looks very similar to Yorda so I wouldn't be surprised if they decided to remake ICO adding new gameplay elements to make it less minimal.
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