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Sony confirms departure of Fumito Ueda

By Matthew Handrahan

Tue 13 Dec 2011 8:40am GMT / 3:40am EST / 12:40am PST

Ico creator will complete The Last Guardian as a contractor

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Fumito Ueda, the revered creator of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, has left Sony Computer Entertainment after 14 years at the company.

Rumours of Ueda's departure surfaced earlier this month, swiftly followed by the resignation of Yoshifusa Hayama, the executive producer on Ueda's highly anticipated The Last Guardian.

The news was confirmed to Gamasutra by Sony Computer Entertainment, who also revealed that Ueda is "committed to completing" The Last Guardian as a contractor.

Ueda is arguably Sony's most celebrated developer, but he only completed two games in his 14 years at the company: Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.

The Last Guardian was first revealed in May 2009. Since then, information on its progress has been difficult to find, and its absence from E3 and the Tokyo Game Show this year prompted speculation as to the state of the project.

The sources who initially revealed Ueda's decision to leave claimed that he was motivated by the desire to work on more personal projects.

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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Lots a respect for Mr. Ueda, and its also good of him to be comitted to finishing the Last guardian. I really hope all goes well for him.

Posted:4 years ago


Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor

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Wonder where he will go. I think that Nintendo would be a suitable candidate but "personal projects" can always mean so many things.

Posted:4 years ago


Bernard Parker Studying game design, Full Sail University

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I think he will most likely start his own studio, probably the only way hey will have exclusive influence over his future projects.

Posted:4 years ago


Tony Johns

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I also remember that Miyamoto also wanted to work on personal projects too,

So I guess that there are allot of old tallented people who have worked for a long time in the Japanese videogame industry and that they have been thinking of working on some personal projects before retireing.

Posted:4 years ago


Terence Gage Freelance writer

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I would guess that he's either going to leave the industry altogether or move on to working on smaller downloadable games - working on The Last Guardian for I imagine near six years has probably worn him down a lot. If he continues to work in the industry then I'll continue to buy his games, as Ico & SotC are two of my favourite games ever.

A real shame though, as Team Ico are one of my favourite developers, and probably tied with Naughty Dog as my favourite internal development studio. It would be good if another creative individual couple step in to lead the team, although between Ueda and the TLG producer leaving I suspect they might be absorbed into other SCEJ departments. It also really surprised me when I read a few months ago in an Edge preview that there were only 35 people working on The Last Guardian - that seems like an incredibly small number for a game of Ueda's typical imagination and scope.

Posted:4 years ago


Sverre Andre Kvernmo animation + level design

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Hope everything sorts itself out amiably for everyone involved. Its a been such a happy story so far with him and Sony.

Posted:4 years ago


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