Ico, Shadow of the Colossus producer leaves Sony

Developer of PlayStation 2 hits Kenji Kaido departs Tokyo game giant; involvement in The Last Guardian unclear.

Kenji Kaido, producer of Sony PlayStation 2 hits Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, left Sony earlier this month, the developer revealed today through his Twitter profile (via Andriasang). Kaido said he is currently on vacation, and his future work plans are not yet decided.

Sony has lost another noted developer.

It is not clear if Kaido was contributing to Sony's long-in-development adventure game The Last Guardian while with Sony. Regardless, Kaido's departure from Sony follows that of another famed Japanese developer, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus producer Fumito Ueda, who left the company late last year.

Ueda remains attached to The Last Guardian as a contractor and appears to be heavily invested in the game. Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said in February that Ueda probably works the longest hours of anyone on the project.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Can we get shadow of the colossus 2 for PS 4? I think on PS 4 they could really do the graphics justice.

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

wonder if sony ticked him off with what they wanna do with The Last Guardian or something 

rey2
rey2

Didn't the other original producer staff left months ago way back?  Back when the news was when they were asking(not sure it's sony or the dev team) for help from God of War developers?

 

Sad new for a very anticipated game with some work put in already. 

wexorian
wexorian

 Sony don't waste big moneys now seems they are Wasting time and all money on ps4 so it's Not strange at all if you ask me.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

Uh oh. To me it sounds like '' Hey Sony, can you get us more funding? The project won't advance. ''. '' No lol sorry no one wants your games unless it sells 5M copies.''

 

= Last Guardian, Ico and SoTC producer leaves.

saosebastiao
saosebastiao

Maybe Sony does not want to spend too much money on the development of the Last Guardian game? So much for original games...

 

Why not join EA then try to dominate the gaming world?

ecurl143
ecurl143

Yeah - things aren't looking good for Sony right now and they're cancelling projects left, right and centre atm.

Wouldn't surprise me if this one got canned.

 

 

chronocommander
chronocommander

If this cycle had not extended for so long this game would probably have been cancelled already or turned into a PS4 game. The top brass leaving like this and such a long dev time does not bode well for this game though. @KSSuperhero  GS or Kotaku did an article on why trademark lapsing is not a big deal, mainly because it's a legal point of having to use it within  3 years or it will lapse but then it can be reacquired easily, check it out.

CTR360
CTR360

sad news RIP probably

KSSuperhero
KSSuperhero

I dont believe at this point the last guardian will ever see the light of day. I thought I read something a couple of weeks ago about Sony letting the trade mark on the name go. Which if that is the case this game is already dead. 

killip
killip

Ahhh, so the article not so long ago talking about 'Last Guardian' "taking its time" and "it'll be ready when it's ready" has nothing to do with the fact Kenji Kaido has left? lol

 Judging from this one would assume there is a few disagreements in the development team--or with the company in general. Or worse, problems with the game itself.

 

This leaves the game itself in a very worrying state. I hope it doesn't effect the final product, as I've been looking foward to this since announced....

scatterbrain007
scatterbrain007

The Last Guardian will be a PS4 show piece.  It's going to show us what the system is capable of.  We all know that when knew systems come out the games seem to get better looking. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, if you look at it today is pretty dated (still friggin' fun though).  Fast foward a couple of years later after the tech matures, and take a look at Skyrim, MGS4, and Killzone 3.  Huge difference.

cursealoud
cursealoud

The game is either vaporware or is just going to be awful. When a game is in development this long, the publisher usually gets tired of putting money in it and shelves it. no one even knows if they game will sell a million units to make up for development costs. 

Ossy_King_99
Ossy_King_99

the game is officially cancelled R.I.P The Last Guardian one of my most anticipated games :'(

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

I hope PS4, allows us to play PS3 games!! because there are so many sweet games coming out at the end of 2013. It would be a shame if we could not play them on the new system

 

 

ardent163
ardent163

Even though he's headed elsewhere, I hope Kenji Kaido's interest in video games lives on.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Sad, but this does not affect Team ICO and Last Guardian in anyway as he was not involved with the project. I trust Sony they are doing the right thing instead of quickly releasing the game as it is, which many publishers tend to do.

wrestlemaniaw
wrestlemaniaw

first FFVS13 and now this .... -.- japanese people need to wake up...

kitty
kitty moderator

More bad news for this game. I really hope this game doesn't get cancelled, but it's future doesn't look so bright. I still have some hope left for this game.

GinsuVictim
GinsuVictim

I bought a PS2 BECAUSE of Ico. Two years ago I almost bought a PS3 just because of The Last Guardian, but went with the 360 instead. I'm pretty happy with that decision....and I would STILL be waiting for the only game to make me want the system.

handsomegamer
handsomegamer

lol the last guardian was one of the reasons i bought the ps3.. :P i hope it doesn't get cancelled.. it would be a shame

jdt532
jdt532

Good riddance I say... Almost 6 years with the PS3 and these guys haven't produced a single game yet. Sony needs to cut the dead weight... Team ICO has become a financial black hole that Sony just pours money into with nothing to show for it, they're on the opposite end of the spectrum of Naughty Dog who are almost done with their 4th PS3 game.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Just love the fact that the console fan boys are saying the same rubbish here.

 

Anyway I do hope that this doesn't get canned. This game did have some promise.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

 @scatterbrain007 Oblivion does look dated but its still one of the most awesome games of all time. You can say the same about MGS on PSOne too.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

 @cursealoud Not that I'm waiting for this game but it does carry a certain feeling about it. the same guys brought two games out last gen with its considerably shorter life span and during this rediculasly long cycle... nothing to show. Kinda strange.

servb0ts
servb0ts

 @Gamer_4_Fun

 When two Passionate game developers walkout on a Project they felt passionate about, Sony isn't doing the right thing

Zerabp
Zerabp

 @wrestlemaniaw Both this and Versus 13 are still being developed and will eventually see release.

Assemblent
Assemblent

 @GinsuVictim Too bad because most Xbox360 games can be played on the pc... Now, on the other hand, the ps3 one's you can't.

Tseng
Tseng

 @GinsuVictim I guess I'm the odd one then.  There have been games I wanted to play on 360 and Wii, but I never bought the systems because I can either buy them on PC (360) or there were only three or four games I really wanted to play since the console was introduced (Wii).  I don't buy systems BECAUSE of one game, I buy them on the promise that there will be multiple releases each year that I will want to play.

cursealoud
cursealoud

 @handsomegamer Team Ico hasn't made a game YET for PS3, so I would assume that Last Guardian is a bust. Why would you buy a system for game that was ANNOUNCED and not yet RELEASED?

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

 @jdt532 Actually between Resistance, Ratchet &Clank, and Uncharted Naughty Dog has actually produced well over  4 PS3 games. As for Team Ico, perhaps they have been working on will turn out to be worth the wait perhaps it'll be they have been using all the time to real build a quality experience

TomoEK9
TomoEK9

 @zo70

You are acting as if sony fired him. Have you given any thought that he possibly wanted to leave in order to pursue other projects?

Zerabp
Zerabp

 @servb0ts One walked on the Company not the project and is still working on the project. The other also walked out on the company and wasn't involved with the project get your facts straight.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

 @servb0ts Excuse me? Just because two developers left, Sony is automatically on the crosshair of 'doing it wrong'. I'm sure people like David Cage, thatgamecompany's chen, Media Molecule, Naughty Dog have something entirely less to say.

GinsuVictim
GinsuVictim

 @Assemblent Red Dead Redemption, Dead Rising, Trials HD, and Alan Wake (until recently) were all games I wanted to play but couldn't on my PC. I have all the good ones that hit PC.

GinsuVictim
GinsuVictim

 @Tseng I said I was going to buy it BECAUSE of that one game, not that I was going to only own ONE game. If PS3 had better multi-plat support, I would have bought it, but it didn't. All I was saying is that up until TLG's trailer, I hadn't seen anything to make me want the system bad enough to buy one. Just like how it wasn't until I played the Ico demo at Walmart before I finally decided to buy a PS2, which I now own over 600 games for.

UsernameofDoom
UsernameofDoom

 @Tseng  @GinsuVictim People with taste ofcourse.

I don't think you realise how many people bought a PS3 just because of MGS4...so I'm sure it isn't a bad thing after all.....

cursealoud
cursealoud

 @Chaos_Dante_456  @jdt532 When did ND make Resistance? If so, I wanna play it! Last I checked, Insomniac made Ratchet and Resistance. Also, they have moved on to making multi-platform games and no more exclusives. Naughty Dog made Uncharted and Last of Us. Before that they were responsible for Crash Bandicoot 

xHOJUx
xHOJUx

 @Chaos_Dante_456  @jdt532 Naughty Dog doesn't do Ratchet and Resistance,  that's Insomniac.  Last of Us will be Naughty Dogs fourth game this gen.  

cursealoud
cursealoud

 @TomoEK9  @zo70 If he did he didnt say it, so stop assuming it. He clearly said his future is undetermined. He's on vacation. It is a Sony fail because they keep funding Team ICO on a project that cant seem to get off the ground. They have yet to make a game this generation and Sony enables it. It is a Sony fail

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

 @xHOJUx  @jdt532 lol you're right I always mix up them an Insomia for some reason lol. Probably something to between the Ratchet/Clank and Jak/Daxter series