God of War dev not helping with The Last Guardian

Sony Santa Monica confirms it is not assisting Team Ico in developing long-awaited adventure game.

The Last Guardian remains in development, but God of War studio Sony Santa Monica is not assisting in its production, as had been reported last year.

"I'm never really sure how that got in the press, because as far as I'm aware we're not helping out with The Last Guardian," director of technology Tim Moss told Eurogamer. "The only way you can say that is the knowledge that we contribute back to the central tech groups benefits The Last Guardian. So I'm guessing someone was slightly misquoted."

Sony Santa Monica's reported involvement with The Last Guardian stems back to a Wired interview with Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida. At the time, he stated that the God of War developer, along with other outside studios, were assisting Team Ico on the game.

"It's not just Santa Monica," Yoshida said at the time. "We have great tech people in Worldwide Studios. We have a central tech group in the US and the UK so we are giving them whatever help they need."

Fellow Sony Santa Monica director of technology Christer Ericson confirmed that the various first-party teams do communicate with one another, but are not actively involved in eachother's projects.

"We tend to visit each other several times a year, and doing so we may exchange ideas. They've been here, and we've been there," he said. "We do ask each other how are you doing that, and just sometimes go over to provide feedback."

Last month, The Last Guardian creative director Fumito Ueda told gamers to "keep an eye out" for an official announcement on the game from Sony. No such announcement has yet been made.

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. Developer Team Ico has not been forthcoming with specific plot details, but gameplay will involve the boy working with his companion to navigate a variety of environmental puzzles.

The Last Guardian has made "slow progress" for years. Sony senior vice president of product development Scott Rohde said in June that the game will ship "when it is absolutely ready." He also said Sony has no deadline whatsoever for the game.

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116 comments
Greylith
Greylith

The brilliance of Team ICO demands all the time it needs.  An incredible game is made when the necessary resources are available.  Believe it or not, modern world, the most valuable resource a gaming company can have is time; not money.  You could have all the money in the world, but if you have to shit your game out in a month, it's going to be awful.  Take your time, Team ICO.  It'll be worth it.

Hitmanzombie
Hitmanzombie

I thought this game was supposed to be a launch title for the PS3 system. I'm not getting it and let it die like Diablo 3.

goodlooper
goodlooper

"Sony has no deadline whatsoever for the game". That's actually really fine by me. Just need to forget TLG exists for a while again..

Wolflink001
Wolflink001

Wouldn't it be funny if they just moved this game to PS4 and delayed it 3 times over? Lmao!

Dantes0007
Dantes0007

Last Guardian have made it one of the greatest disappointments this gen.it probably ends up canned after all,i all ready lost interes in this game if the game is not release this year it will suffer in sales a lot, gamers are just tired of this BS delays.

Dantes0007
Dantes0007

Last Guardian have made it one of the greatest disappointments this gen.it probably ends up canned after all.

TTDog
TTDog

At least that means it won't be turned into a dull repetitive game, where you just repeat the same moves over and over and over...

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

I wish this is a dream that comes true. We have been waiting for this for years now, almost since the beginning of the PS3 era. As PS4 is coming forth, I'm afraid that this game might end up with a bad quality if it was released on PS4, or end up not getting the popularity it deserves if it was released only on PS3. I just wish it ends up good.

Liam_Eibach
Liam_Eibach

I think they should team up with "From Software". That is the only company I can thank of  that would understand the needs of Last Guardian.  It's my opinion.

Skrillbak
Skrillbak

I guess we can also assume that Blizzard and Ninja Theory are also not helping?

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

So I won't get to QTE my way through all the combat? :(

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

I don't want to care. I've been hurt too often. Not again. Finish it already!

tightwad34
tightwad34

No one is helping Ico on this game other than the 5 people assigned to it.

Sampawende
Sampawende

I can't say I don't care, but news like this just reinforce my will to stop waiting for this game.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

The Last Guardian has made "slow progress" for years. Sony senior vice president of product development Scott Rohde said in June that the game will ship "when it is absolutely ready." 

....Eh...from what i saw of Gran Turismo 5, i take it what he said there isn't necessarily always a good thing!!! 

s0ldier69
s0ldier69

Game stars a giant chicken-dog.  Say that back again, slowly.  This is why it is still not released and will be horrible if it ever is. 

Liam_Eibach
Liam_Eibach

I'm glad they are taking their time on it. I don't want a rushed product that is completely dependent on the cult status of SotC to make its sales. I can wait.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Well, I just hope it turns up. Whether on the PS3 or PS4.

kyacat
kyacat

Aww com on  I been waiting to long for The last guardian and want to see something new at E3 this for the game and hopefully we get to see new gameplay trailer

PouyaDH
PouyaDH

I don't really think even GS gets it, what's the next follow up? team ICO wearing Victoria's secret's ''The Last Gaurdian'' edition in the office to pump up the energy? this is how Little, unnecessary & garbage these follow ups sound to me now. I don't care anymore who does what? just come up with a solid news ( new trailer, new gameplay, demo release date, or a dead project)...I'm getting sick&tired of news feed about this game.

Kwelkoth
Kwelkoth

Really?  4 years+ for anything concrete about The Last Guardian?!  Come on, people!  We've been waiting long enough!!!

SHOW US THE GAME!!!!!!

slainta
slainta

Well, there are so many great exclusives coming out this year that I can easily wait for 2014. I'm broke anyway. :(

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Sony's ICE TEAM, the central tech group in north america living on the same building as Naughty Dog share technology and ideas, and thus their first party titles look and performs great.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Santa Monica better be making a new Triple A IP other than milking God of War and to the point making the series look dumb or else I will get really pissed D:

teufelsohn
teufelsohn

As some of you may have heard, I left Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio some time ago to pursue my creative passions. Nevertheless, I continue working on THE LAST GUARDIAN as a freelance contributor.While it’s been a long time coming, THE LAST GUARDIAN remains under my creative supervision and is still in development by an incredibly talented team.I should also mention that details regarding THE LAST GUARDIAN's release is solely decided by Sony Computer Entertainment, not myself. Please keep an eye out for their official announcement.Moving forward, it is my intent to continue my involvement with THE LAST GUARDIAN project, as well as pursue new creative projects with a fresh perspective. As I rekindle my passions as a creator, I look forward to seeing where it will take me, and I deeply appreciate your support during this transition.上田 文人 Fumito Ueda

Source: http://www.fumi.to/

That's all he says.

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

If Ueda told us to watch for news, that means it must be on the right way, so I'm guessing we might see an announcement at E3 and the game out in the end of the year. And I'd be really happy with that. If The Last Guardian lives up to ICO and SotC legacy, it will be another masterpiece.

Falru
Falru

It will happen! It willlllllllllll!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhh!


*rolls around on the floor throwing a tantrum*

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

So the announcement will be that its coming to PS4, then it will go back into development for a complete visual overhaul.

StinkySkunkGirl
StinkySkunkGirl

"God of War dev not helping with The Last Guardian"

God himself couldn't help getting The Last Guardian finished in time to be a last minute PS3 titles, and no amount of Wars could possibly delay the game any more than it already has been. Of The Last Guardian, I can only say that I was really looking forward to it, but with the development hell it's at risk of either ending up butchered or never seeing the light of day.

Unless a miracle happens, the issues surrounding the release of The Last Guardian have made it one of the greatest disappointments this gen. And this gen's disappointments go as far back as Perfect Dark Zero, Bomberman Act Zero, and Sonic the Hedgehog 2006.

rushiosan
rushiosan

This game could have been a hit. PS3 is coming to the end of its lifespan in a couple years, and cancelling this title may become Sony's biggest mistake in a near future.

lion2447
lion2447

As much as waiting for any new game is grueling, I like the fact that the article states at the end that Sony has no deadline for the games completion.  I'd much rather see a game that took 5 years to make and comes out as an amazing game, than one that took 2 years and is mediocre.  I just hope that patience pays off.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Oh yeah,  and it seems like someone is digging way too deep to drum up more non news.

zulwalks
zulwalks

@Viral-venom13 Its only a bad thing if you never focus on what you are making. I heard that most of the GT5 team had to start over because the game couldn't run on the PS3 and had a lot of things scrapped.

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

@s0ldier69 These game are supposed to be like that, different and unique. If you played Shadow of The Colossus, you would know how these games are good.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@kyacat Why wait to long for TLG? Let the longing begin now. Mine started years ago.

Skrillbak
Skrillbak

@PouyaDH "Last Guardian team goes out for pizza. Finds it 'Okay buy a little bit too much garlic.'"

interrasteral7
interrasteral7

@Gamer_4_Fun 

I hope Santa Monica does develop a new IP than another God of War entry or they could even shock us by announcing a long awaited sequel called Heavenly Sword 2.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@OHGFawx It's been so long since anyone has seen this game, the visual overhaul could've been started ages ago.

Sampawende
Sampawende

@rushiosan They don't want to cancel it but it surely means poor management. Probably that they were technically not able to do what they wanted and what's more most of the initial developers of the game are not working on it anymore. that doesn't help either...