It takes a lot of courage to keep a project running even into the fourth year of its development amid technical difficulties, but it takes a lot more of that courage to shut down the same project after commendable positive anticipation from the audience.
The Last Guardian is still somewhere on the workstations of Team Ico and its still low on priority.
The game has been kept on the active ventures list despite being slow on progress according to reports from 2012 and early 2013. The Last Guardian, an action-adventure game was first announced by Sony at E3 2009.
It was going to be Team Ico’s first title for PS3, alas the next gen already upon us; and sadly we still might have to wait a little longer.
Courtesy of an interview with Fumito Ueda by Famitsu, we have learned that the game is in “early” development but it is still not atop the priority list.
Looking at how the project has been in the pipeline for a long time and how Shuhdei Yoshida refused to give a deadline at this year’s E3 we might assume that the game is going under some kind of a remake/reconstruction.
Yoshida’s statement to CVG that “we are still waiting for the right time to announce it. To re-announce it!” makes it certain that a redo is under process.
Team Ico, the name behind masterpieces like ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, currently has other projects at hand too i.e. Puppeteer and Knack. Puppeteer, a platformer comes out next month while the action game Knack is due to release in November.
Believably, the presence of those two newer projects and the reported technical difficulties that they have been facing regarding The Last Guardian could be the reasons why we might have to wait a little longer for the game.
In spite of that, I believe we can wait owing to the repo maintained by Team Ico and the worthy game plot shared so far. It is an action adventure with a touch of bonding; the boy who leads the game befriends a griffin and that’s what the story revolves around.
Would you still anticipate the game in the fifth year of its development?