Soon after The Last Guardian made its re-appearance at E3 2015, the rumours of PS4 architect and game designer Mark Cerny involved with completion of the game began circulating.
Speaking of Cerny’s involvement in the project, President of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida said that Cerny is merely advising the development team called GenDesign which is a new studio as he knowns the inns and outs of the PS4 system better than anyone else:
“The rumor is not true that Mark Cerny came in and is finishing the project. Mark is giving consultation on the project. He’s been doing it for many of our projects. He’s been working with many of our studios, especially technically, he knows the ins and outs of the PS4. He’s giving lots of technical advice to The Last Guardian team. The team is primarily in the Japan Studio, but creative direction is done by Ueda-san and members of GenDesign. It’s a new studio.”
Those of you who do not know, GenDesign is led by Jinji Horagai who previously worked as an AI programmer for Ico’s Yorda, but after Shadow of the Colossus, Ueda-san and Horagai-san became independant. All of them are now working with the Japan Studio and working on The Last Guardian:
“After Shadow of the Colossus, Ueda-san and Horagai-san became independent. Also, some of the leads on the Shadow of the Colossus team became independent and set up a small indie studio. All of them are working with the Japan Studio to make The Last Guardian.”
Yoshida has also ensured that the game which will come out in 2016 exclusively for PS4 is Ueda’s original vision for the project.