Sony denies Last Guardian death

PS3 title still incoming promises developer

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.

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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 5 years ago
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.
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Hugo Dubs Interactive Designer 5 years ago
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.
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David Radd Senior Editor, IndustryGamers5 years ago
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.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd5 years ago
Whatever releases, and I do think it will release eventually, it will be a mere shadow of the game's original vision.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago
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...
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Adam Campbell Game Production Manager, Azoomee5 years ago
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...
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