Team Ico’s The Last Guardian has been a long time coming. Originally announced back in 2009 via a concept trailer, this behemoth of a game has come and gone from Sony’s roster like Schrödinger’s cat. Jack Tretton, the CEO for Sony Computer Entertainment of America, confirmed the game has not “gone away” but is simply “on hiatus”. The game was originally slated for a 2011 PS3 release but was pushed further and further back until it sounded like it had completely disappeared.
Tretton stated “I think the cool thing about our worldwide development studios is we have so many projects out there from so many great teams. Projects never ultimately go away, so The Last Guardian has certainly not gone away, but it’s on hiatus right now.” However, when talking to Shuhei Yoshida, he stated Tretton’s comments were misleading but stated the game is in “active development”. The President of Sony Worldwide Studios said that “[Fumito] Ueda-san (the game’s developer) shared updates a few months ago. Nothing has changed. My answer is, ‘Yes, the game is in active development.’ It’s not hiatus at all. But we are not ready to reintroduce it…Please wait.” While the remarks are not necessarily contradictory, it was good to see Sony stand their ground in the
In February of this year, the creative director of The Last Guardian, Fumito Ueda said people should “keep an eye out” for a release date and earlier this month, the game appeared on an official E3 website. This could mean Ueda and the Team Ico crew are planning for a late PS3 or early PS4 release, which would be fantastic regardless considering the buzz the game has built up over the past four years.