E3 2014: Sony Responds Directly to Rumors, The Last Guardian Not Cancelled

While we don't know if The Last Guardian is coming to E3, Sony assured fans that the game is definitely still in development.

First announced at E3 back in 2009, The Last Guardian is easily the most-anticipated game on any current PlayStation platform. While it's gone through some re-engineering over the years, development on the follow-up to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus has never been halted.

And today, amid unverified rumors circulating on various sites, Sony was quick to reassure fans that the game is still in development. Responding directly to the hearsay, Scott Rohde, PlayStation's software product development head for Sony Worldwide Studios America, wrote on Twitter: "[Shuhei Yoshida, SCE president of worldwide studio] Sony Worldwide president] and I laughed at this rumor over dinner. The Last Guardian has NOT been cancelled."

Of course, that shouldn't really come as a surprise. Rohde said the game was still in development back in March. Back then, Rohde said that he would not "announce what platform it’s coming on, who’s working on it, who’s involved. But that is still a title that’s absolutely in the mix at Worldwide Studios."

We know that the game's original director, Fumito Ueda, is still working on the game in a freelance capacity. But we can only hope to get a glimpse of how it's been coming along next week during Sony's E3 press conference.

Personally, I'm still holding out hope that we'll not only get an announcement that it's coming to PS4, but also that it'll ship this year. Considering the game's been in development since around 2007, that seems a lot more likely than the game disappearing completely.

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313 comments
neilikkaa
neilikkaa

I'm a little disappointed that this game was released back when the ps3 was coming out. If it's true that they are still working on it, I can wait any amount of time. This team has made amazing games in the past.

Halloll
Halloll

Sony is going to bundle it with the release of HL3 on PS7

kane6911
kane6911

They failed. this game is never coming coming out 


diggyphelps
diggyphelps

Sony's version of HL3, Shenmue, Fable 4 etc...

Foppe
Foppe

They made it a PS5 launch title.

mdign
mdign

The Last Guardian Forever 

lmao

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

One of the few games I'll happily wait for. I'm actually glad they don't talk about it or show anything off. It makes it much easier to put it out my mind. It's just like HL3. The only time I think about it is because another gamer or video game journalist brings it up. 

soulless4now
soulless4now

Just announce it'll be on ps4. Come on, Sony. Get it together. The game is going the way of FFXV. 

Barighm
Barighm

These stories of long development times never work out.

chris120379
chris120379

It's not cancelled, it's just been delayed for general gameplay improvement, release date: fall 2020!!! Yeayyyyy!!!

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

This just in: another X1 exclusive confirmed. "Shape Up", a fitness game!!!!!!

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

40 minutes away from the MS Conference and everyone is talking The Last Guardian. Even the Bots are sick of Halo/Gears/Forza. C'mon guys and girls, get psyched for Dance Central: Spotlight and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay!!

captaingavin91
captaingavin91

lol surely it will be sooner than 2016 and not just on ps3..

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

Welp! good thing they said something a bunch of people were about to mega give up hope. 

kane6911
kane6911

Ok i have a serious issue with this game period. this game was meant for the Ps3 and has moved to the ps4. but my thing is if the ps3 was powerful enough to run this game in great graphic and smooth game play then what the hell is ps4 going to be so graet at. i think the ps4 is not needed compared to the ps3.    

RuthlessRich
RuthlessRich

"easily the most-anticipated game on any current PlayStation platform"

Really?

fadersdream
fadersdream

Quit basing your hope on time span,

look at what has been produced.


One animation video in 7 years. Nothing in 4 years. There has been very little investment in the title.

While it may not be officially canceled, it also isn't officially being produced.

Don't we all have a project at home or work or school that we plan to get back to and never do?

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Dance Central: Spotlight confirmed. Get pumped, the very few of you who own X1! Hahahaha!!

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

How can you cancel something that doesn't actually exist? Even if it was cancelled, Sony will start deving it now to avoid being blamed for a PR blunder.

StHapns247
StHapns247

It says it is coming out in 2097 right here -------->

Case closed.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Tonight we will find out why top people at Sony had a good hearty laugh over dinner about this fake lie of a cancellation rumor :)

snk0610
snk0610

The cancellation rumors did a great marketing job for the game.


Now everyone is talking about it.



eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

"Dance Central: Spotlight" officially uncovered when the ESRB released their rating for it. Xbox One exclusive :P!

Get pumped, X1 owners! Lolol

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

I was never interested in The Last Guardian until a few months ago. Then I watched the original 4 minute trailer out of curiosity and was surprisingly moved emotionally.

I'm more curious, at least in the final moments before E3, on the rumored leaked PS4 exclusive open world horror game concept art that was found two days ago. The style was very twisted :)

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

So who except the people that own a Sony console has an interest in this game? I'm really curious. Because it seems to me that no one except a minor few cares about this game. 


And it's all because of Ico/Shadows of the Colossus nostalgia.

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

could very well be a controlled leak

DreamsofGreen
DreamsofGreen

....umm its E3 week! So "lol" on this old ass game still lingering in development purgatory hell. Ready for something new!

tommynj
tommynj

They don't have the money to pay people to finish the job correctly. Heck if your CEO is taking a 50% pay cut what does that tell you. The game will bomb just like every Sony exclusive has so far.

themc_7
themc_7

why does everyone have such a b*ner for this game? It'll be like Duke Nukem Forever. Any game that's "in development" for a decade won't be any good. How could it be relevant? Any asset that was created 10 years ago wouldn't look good nowadays. Wasn't this proposed at a PS2 game? We are now 2 generations past what it was supposed to be released on. 


So much hype, can only lead to disappointment 

omgmike23
omgmike23

You bought a ps3 for exactly this game...and you're let down because it's not out? I'd say that's all on you.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

The world is excited to see this demoed...bring back the Kinectimal girl! Lol! And hopefully they'll talk heavily on Fable Legends, so they'll have something to sorta be able to semi compete with Project Beast.

thesilverape
thesilverape

@Darkhol0w So what if people aren't waiting desperately for this game? When it comes out and if it's a good game it'll sell and be enjoyed by many regardless of the pre-release situation. The fact that it isn't anticipated much anymore (tends to happen when you announce a game 5y too early) isn't an important one.

justerthought
justerthought

@Darkhol0w 

Ico and Shadow of the Colossus were among the best games ever made, so anyone interested on great games has to have an eye on this one. But I have a problem with the big bird dog freak. I have absolutely no doubt this is going to be a epic game when released with awesome gameplay, but I may have to pass on this one unless they dump the freak, which is a shame.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

That's how everyone feels about Halo on X1, even people like me who only had a 360 last generation.

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

Halo, Forza, Gears, Crackdown, Dance Central. Don't get your hopes up

justerthought
justerthought

@tommynj 

If that's true, then how come they can pay the people to finish all the other games. It's more to do with priorities rather than affordability. This game was too ambitious for the PS3 hardware so it's being ported over to PS4, but the game has fell out of fashion since first showed so momentum has been dimmed. I'm probably not the only one who hates the over sentimental big bird dog freak, maybe they are reworking it. I certainly hope they dump the freak.

fadersdream
fadersdream

@themc_7 Because it became embroiled with System Wars.

A small group of people played the first two products by Team Ico, a disproportionate number attached themselves to Last Guardian.

justerthought
justerthought

@themc_7 

Whoa there cowboy. You're going off on a tangent. The game has not been in development for a decade like Duke Nukem. Development started 6 years ago and it was announced 2009. It has spent about 2 years in limbo with no work being done.

And let's face it, Duke Nukem has never been a top draw AAA production. All the games in the series have been low budget games relying on humorous gimmicky content instead of technical prowess. Once the novelty wore off, it was always going to wear a bit thin.

The Last Guardian was too ambitious for PS3 using high quality assets and complex processing, so that sort of shoots down your theory about the assets being a decade old and not suitable for current graphical standards.

What hype? There has been very little hype from Sony. They showed one video and then shelved it. All the talk is from the fans and media wondering when it's coming.

If you're going to comment and criticise, you need to do a lot better than that.

Darkhol0w
Darkhol0w

@justerthought @Darkhol0w That first phrase..that's like your opinion. I didn't find them that "great". Nostalgia is a big factor like I said. Just because it's made by the same developer (supposedly) that doesn't mean TLG will be good. 

It stood way too long in development and as hype rises and rises you will end up being disappointed, because it can't live up to the hype.


Just look at Duke Nukem Forever.


The only exception to the fact was StarCraft II (12 years in development).

fadersdream
fadersdream

@justerthought @tommynj Because those games have demand.


The amount of time the game has taken to develop will negatively effect it's sales at this point. There will be confusion if it is a new title or a re-release of a PS3 game. A game that was marketed at a niche group before will have an even smaller audience if it is released now because it won't be considered "fresh".


Consider it this way: if you were 15 when you played Shadow of the Colossus you would be 24 now with an entirely different set of priorities. The more time goes by the more the game becomes part of a different phase of the original players memory.

themc_7
themc_7

@justerthought the hype created by the community, this website and various other sources. All we saw was a short little video like 5 years ago and nothing since, yet it's a highly anticipated and discussed game. This article is a perfect example. Nothing new was announced, Sony just said uh....it's not cancelled. 

fadersdream
fadersdream

@justerthought Game has been in development for about ten years, it received a working title in 2009 but development began before then.

Barighm
Barighm

@MrMilkmann Duke's development was a totally different story though. Both publisher and developer were bankrupt. The game had something like just $2 million put into it over that time frame, and for most of its development there were literally just 2 people working on it in their spare time. 

Duke was never truly "finished". Gearbox just picked up the junk and threw together the parts like a car built from whatever salvaged parts they could find in the trash.


This is more like FF13: a whole lot of posturing, and then we find out 90% of the game's development was wasted on tech demos and engine upgrades. Actual game will come together in just 6 months.