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Sony denies Last Guardian death

Sony denies Last Guardian death

Thu 20 Sep 2012 9:26am GMT / 5:26am EDT / 2:26am PDT
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A Sony developer has confirmed that work on PlayStation 3 title The Last Guardian is still ongoing, despite its notable absence from this year's Tokyo Game Show.

I give you my word that it exists," the unnamed Japanese developer told Kotaku. "We are working on it."

"There are lots of pieces of the puzzle," he explained. "It's a matter of getting them to fit together."

He added that the game was probably prematurely announced. It first went on show at E3 in 2009. A release date of 2011 was announced the next year, but the game has since seen delays and the loss of designer and director Fumito Ueda as a full time member of the Sony team.

6 Comments

Rick Lopez
Illustrator, Graphic Designer

1,269 941 0.7
errrmmm... I think its dead... even if they get the game out of the door, many of the key important developers are gone. They left at the same time too. Which doesnt sound too good. Something happened. Im thinking the scope of the game was too big for current gen hardware and there were many hurdles to develope it. I think SONY should just cancel it, rather then release a half baked version of what the original team intended it to be.

Posted:A year ago

#1

Hugo Dubs
Interactive Designer

161 24 0.1
Sony is the best when it comes to give explanations ^^

What do you think happened to make the most important person of the project leaves the company before the development is over?
Nothing good I think... Also, how long it is that the game is in dev? Is it something like the Gran turismo of the genre?
If it was too big for current gen, what is the matter in telling us? I think they just don't know what to do haha.

Posted:A year ago

#2

David Radd
Senior Editor

358 78 0.2
Sony's cancelled games before, so if they're holding on they see something there. If Ueda wasn't still working on it I'd be worried, but he's the primary driving force behind the game's vision and as long as he's committed to finishing it, there's still a chance to turn out well.

Posted:A year ago

#3

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

1,009 1,398 1.4
Whatever releases, and I do think it will release eventually, it will be a mere shadow of the game's original vision.

Posted:A year ago

#4

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,131 1,038 0.5
I have the feeling that Ueda was feeling rushed into making a game for a release window he didn't feel comfortable with or perhaps he burned out on the process or a bit of both. I'd rather see the can canned and perhaps the remnants released as a brief demo of what could have been than see the game show up not where it should be.

The good thing is Sony has a bunch of other first-party exclusives that are as important or MORE important, given that they're confirmed as alive in one way or another.

Then again, we could all be wrong as hell and TLG will appear at some point as a launch title for Sony's new console, blowing us all away. Could you imagine that surprise? No generic FPS, racer, fighter of crap launch game that will be easily forgotten six months or less after it lands. Kicking off a PS4 with a key in-house game like this could be something really grand IF this is what's going on...

Posted:A year ago

#5

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

1,136 914 0.8
I swear Getaway and 8 days weren't canceled either...

Well, I think this game will release but I'm a bit puzzled by the apparent development hell its going through. I guess that's an internal affair ultimately...

Posted:A year ago

#6

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