E3 2014: Sony Will Show The Last Guardian "When It's Ready"

After E3 absence, Sony's Scott Rohde says, "It's really important to us to make sure that the creative process works."

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Sony's long-awaited action/adventure game The Last Guardian was nowhere to be found during the company's E3 press conference tonight. That's because the game simply is not ready to be shown publicly, PlayStation software product development head Scott Rohde told GameSpot this evening in Los Angeles.

"It was a fun week of Last Guardian news," Rohde said with a smile, recalling the game's rumored cancellation earlier this week. "At PlayStation, it's really important to us to make sure that the creative process works. And in this case, [game director Fumito Ueda] has created something that's great, it's just going to need some time. We'll show it when it's ready."

The Last Guardian was announced all the way back in 2009 as a PlayStation 3 game. I asked Rohde tonight if the game is now a PlayStation 4 title, but he wouldn't budge. "I'm not going to talk about it more than that," he said.

Earlier this week, Rohde confirmed that The Last Guardian had not been canceled after an initial report said that it was.

The Last Guardian has made "slow progress" for years. Before today, the most recent update on the game came in late 2013, when Sony president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida said that the studio was "reengineering" The Last Guardian.

Formally announced at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, The Last Guardian tells a boy-and-his-dog tale, where the dog is a giant and feathered, yet seemingly amiable, beast. Team Ico has not been forthcoming with specific plot details, but gameplay will involve the boy manipulating his companion to navigate a variety of environmental puzzles.

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Discussion

75 comments
ZIMdoom
ZIMdoom

Uhmmm, Sony? You say it isn't ready to be shown, but we've already seen the game 5 years ago when it was originally announced. We've already seen the game. So to say at this point that it isn't ready to be shown means there is nothing to see. Just let this game die instead of pretending it takes 6 years or more to finish a game or port it to ps4.

sfirita
sfirita

Sony have a very , very smart marketing/operational team.

sony know thay they are holding a huge license, and an epic game between their hands .

they will win the next E3 just because of it...you will see , its a cold war between sony and microsoft,

whatever microsoft can present during next E3 , if sony shown  the last guardian with enhanced graphics and gameplay/story....they will kill it....that's why in my opinion they are hiding it till next e3.

bobbo888
bobbo888

Gamespot can you please tell me why you care so much about this game? I've never seen so much coverage about a game nobody knows anything about.

DrKill09
DrKill09

They better finish this game and get it out ASAP.


...it's quickly becoming the new Duke Nukem Forever.

goodemon
goodemon

I am going to assume that "reengineered" implies that the project has been moved to PS4 development and because of system architecture, this games code had to be rewritten. We all know it will be amazing and internal disputes aside, Sony would never allow vapor ware of this importance to simply float away

catsimboy
catsimboy

The game will be ten minutes long and when you beat it the camera zooms out and it turns out that Duke Nukem was playing it on his Dukebox One.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Pretty sure this will be the next Duke Nukem Forever. It will probably be ready for the end of this gen and get a score of 4. The creative flow clearly isn't with this one -which means the resources should be placed elsewhere.

Khoo1992
Khoo1992

I have a feeling that they completely scrapped the previous version and start all over, but that's just my assumptions...

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

So you'll never show it because it'll never be ready.  Got it.


The fact that you continue to waste time and money on this game shows that the creative process is NOT working.  You have refused to staff the game appropriately and you refuse to cancel it and let the devs do something else.

MusclesJAM
MusclesJAM

This feels like Duke Nukem Forever at this point.  In production for 1000 years.

NightshadeTB01
NightshadeTB01

Odds are they scrapped it for the PS3 and are throwing it on the PS4, which would explain why it is taking so long.

_Judas_
_Judas_

but why is it taking so long? Why is this game progressing so slowly?Do these guys only work weekends?!

Pupchu
Pupchu

"Sony Will Show The Last Guardian "When It's Ready""

Thats what old-George of 3DR said in 2004 -- "DNForever will be released when it's done".

charlesswann
charlesswann

Why do people assume because the development struggled it isn't going to come out?  The game creator is one of the best there is.  I will wait.

G-Legend
G-Legend

I think this game is going either PS3/PS4 or just strictly PS4. Sony's known from time that a PS4 was coming in 2013 which is the same time Shu said they'd do a re-engineering. So my bet is that they're making a PS4 version which is why there's been such a delay with the game.

Alucard1475
Alucard1475

Looks like a puzzle game. I'm not sure about the weird chicken though.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

There's no way a company can stay in business this long without delivering a product.  The cake is a lie!

kane6911
kane6911

this game is never going to happen. so just stop it please. 

Razor10000
Razor10000

people can wait. rushing the last guardian would be a crime. sony will show it when it´s ready.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

Stop bullsh*tting, Sony. This game went to development hell. Just admit it.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Needs time? I've been waiting since 2009...All I want to know is if I'll be able to play this game in my lifetime...

Fluxation
Fluxation

This game died long ago along with Half Life 3. Don't wait for it, you will only get disappointed over and over again. If it will be released, awesome. If not, so be it. A lot of other great games out there. :)

foodrules
foodrules

Would have been better to say in advance "we're not showing it" to avoid all the disappointment.

Zerabp
Zerabp

If it went to PS4 (which is likely) then the game would have to be redeveloped from the ground up. That would make its development cycle normal for Team Ico (shadow of the colossus took three year to complete on the PS2 which is far easier to develop for than the PS3. Sony was giving internal studios like team Ico dev kits for the PS4 as far back as 2012 which is likely when they shifted it to PS4 which means it would only have been in it's new cycle for to years at most. This may not be factual or confirmed on any level but logically it makes sense if you look at the timeline.

AdrianJNYC
AdrianJNYC

I just lost all faith in this game. Personally, the developer is having some major technicalities with the development cycle - therefore, I believe the game will be cancelled.

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

Looks like a Medieval game, and thusly, I don't give a fuсk about it. I hope it's cancelled in fact because there's too many medieval games, especially in the triple A space.

rut8norm
rut8norm

@bobbo888 they care because readers care (and im sure the staff as well). readers care because this team created some of the best video games of the last 15 years. it frankly doesn't matter how little we know, their pedigree means a great deal to many (myself included).

DrKill09
DrKill09

@catsimboy So Duke, is the game any good?


After seven fuckin years, it SHOULD be.

nigelholden
nigelholden

Totally disagree. Shadows and Ico were far more amazing than Duke Nukem and this isn't Gearbox we're talking about.

Fluxation
Fluxation

@foodrules Exactly. They KNEW people are waiting and expecting some sort of news about it, why was it so hard to simply say "nope, not gonna happen".

I don't know, personaly i see it as nasty. Same with Half Life 3. Say it wont happen and give it a rest. Why do you need to avoid it all these years. You avoid but you also wont say it's not coming, so, ugh. Good job.

ZIMdoom
ZIMdoom

That would make sense to me if Last Of Us for PS4 isn't already being shown all over the place. Surely that game took years to make too. Don't they have to also "start from scratch" then? Yet the PS 3 version just came out and they've already shown scenes. Meanwhile, Last Guardian was shown in 2009. 5 years ago.

Clearly there are other problems behind the scenes.

McDog3
McDog3

@Zerabp This is the impression that I had, especially after the "re-engineering" statement.  At this point I remain hopeful for a showing later in the year, most likely at the Tokyo Games Show which would make the most sense.

Ivora
Ivora

@Eraldus Okay, but this is a Team Ico game not square.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

While I don't enjoy medieval games either and I agree, there's far too many of them. This one's more of a fantasy setting with rocks and green. There's no fancy leveling or heavy spell quotient. It's Japanese, but not a heavy emphasis on the annoying big eyed anime look. It's simplistic and pretty. YouTube it along with Shadow of the Colossus - I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I don't plan on owning a PS4, but if I did, I'd get this one. But, when it comes out, you can youtube the entire game and enjoy it that way.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

@liquidbutter This is the third article (which I've seen it) where you state your hatred for medieval games. We get it. Now stop.

Eraldus
Eraldus

@Rayzakk I commented on the wrong article, rofl (facepalm)

nigelholden
nigelholden

@KiriharaZro @nigelholden Very true. I have hope still because Ueda is still involved, if only through freelancing. I suspect this limited role may be one factor in the delay.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

@liquidbutter @leikeylosh The most saturated genre of all time is called First Person Shooter. Medieval doesn't even come close. In fact, before The Elder Scrolls Oblivion, it was kind of an odd genre.

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

@leikeylosh @liquidbutter FPS isn't really a genre though. It's just a perspective and a type of game. First person is just a perspective. Shooter games can be anything from a a military game to a medieval/fantasy game. FPS, RPG, Simulation, RTS. These aren't really in the same category as "Medieval", which is more of a theme or setting. Medieval as a theme and a genre and a setting is so damn saturated and it bugs the hell out of me. I want to upgrade my computer to play the latest games at high settings, but I can't justifying doing so when half, if not more than half, of the high rated triple A titles that come to PC are medieval games. These development studios need to finally move off that tired boring genre. I would take just about anything else over a medieval game.