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Sony insists The Last Guardian is in "full development"

Rumours dismissed ahead of E3, but will Team Ico's latest finally return to the public eye?

Sony has moved to squash fresh rumours that The Last Guardian, the long awaited game from Team Ico, has been cancelled.

The apparent falsehood originated at IGN, which published a story about the cancellation based on information from a source within Sony Russia. However, that version of events was rather bluntly dismissed by Scott Rohde, the head of software product development for Sony Worldwide Studios America.

In truth, the notion that The Last Guardian has been cancelled continues to be eminently believable. It was first shown at E3 in 2009, but since then very little information about the game or its progress in development has been released by Sony.

Needless to say, that vacuum of information has led to a string of rumours about its demise, and a string of refutations from Sony execs, all without any significant update on the state of the game itself. Add to that the departure of Team Ico's resident genius, Fumito Ueda, as a full-time employee and you have ideal conditions to set tongues wagging.

IGN retracted its story and issued an extensive apology after yet more water was poured on the rumour's veracity by Shawn Layden, president and CEO of SCE America:

However, amid all of this back-and-forth one fact remains inescapable: The Last Guardian will remain vapourware to Sony's audience until it finally shows what has become of the game that excited so many five years ago.

The real question is: will The Last Guardian be at E3? After four straight years of absence it would take a brave soul to make that bet.

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Latest comments (7)

Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 2 years ago
which published a story about the cancellation based on information from a source within Sony Russia.
Why did the source's location have to be disclosed? On the one hand, it's an apology. On the other, it's passing the buck - "Not our fault guv, our Sony Russia source was legit." The whereabouts of the source are relevant only to the "journalist" (hah!), and the company.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 9th June 2014 12:34pm

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Steve Wetz Reviewer/Assistant Editor, Gamer's Glance2 years ago
Sony insists The Last Guardian is in "full development"
I'll chalk this up to the same sort of reassurance as "We intend on standing by our coach despite the poor season." Which is easily translated, "Mayhap our coach should be getting his resume together."

In short, I expect to see news of this title being cancelled within a few months.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Steve Wetz on 9th June 2014 2:21pm

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Andrew Jakobs Lead Programmer 2 years ago
It's about time they release the game as is on the PS3, if it's being converted to the PS4 and only released on that platform, then it really is a smack in the face to a lot of PS3 owners..

I can't imagine the game being that bad after so many years of development..
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 2 years ago
I can't imagine the game being that bad after so many years of development..
*cough* Duke Nukem *cough*

:p
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
So I guess this game is going to take Duke Nukem Forever's place in the annual vaperware category.
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Rodrigo Almeida Organizer/Editor, Fextralife2 years ago
Don't forget FFXV in that vaporware list...
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Shane Sweeney Academic 2 years ago
ICO was in development for PSX and the development cycle lasted so long it was re-developed for PlayStation 2.

Same deal for the Last Guardian.

Just how perfectionists roll I guess.
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