Last Guardian announced too early - Report

Unnamed Sony developer says publisher revealed project before it should have; claims game is "very ambitious," and assures that works continues on it.

Sony's long-in-development PlayStation 3 adventure game The Last Guardian was announced too early, according to Sony developer who wished to remain nameless. Speaking to Kotaku, the developer claimed the project is "very ambitious," and said "I give you my word that it exists."

Just when will The Last Guardian come to the PS3?

He asserted the reason the game was not shown during Sony's Tokyo Game Show event this week was likely because the publisher is now more reluctant to talk about games until closer to release.

"There are lots of pieces to the puzzle," the person said. "It's a matter of getting them to fit together."

Elsewhere, the developer said The Last Guardian remains in development in Japan, with Fumito Ueda still on board. This had been previously confirmed.

This update on The Last Guardian's progress follows word from Sony senior vice president of product development Scott Rohde, who said in June the game will ship "when it is absolutely ready". He also said Sony has no deadline whatsoever for the game.

"It would be very easy to ship a game when it's not quite ready because we need to meet a business plan," Rohde said at the time. "Gamers are first. And the experience that we provide is first. And that's why we're going to talk about that game when we're ready to talk about it."

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 working with his companion to navigate a variety of environmental puzzles.

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118 comments
Uffpy
Uffpy

All I can hope for, is that the game's well worth the wait.

lulababy
lulababy

as long as it comes out its all that matters really.

 

Their games are ground-braking and convey emotions on unparalleled scale.

It might be again a defining moment or a glimpse of things to come for next generation like Shadow of Colossus  for example was... Or jut a very good  video-game .Whichever it will be I know it will be memorable....

So even if we have to wait till next year or year after I know it will be worth it....

blackothh
blackothh

and?

 

all i get out of this article, is that a game is coming out, like we dont get that news every day

megakick
megakick

Suprised? I'm not... Sony always jumps the gun.

SONY the ELECTRONIC SPIN DOCTORS lots of talk not much to show for it.

tgwolf
tgwolf

'Uh, yeah, sorry guys, I realize we said it was going to come out and you are really excited and all, but what he meant to say was 'It will be out before the next generation--AFTER the next generation!' Heh heh, and of course none of you are dumb enough to get that confused with 'THE NEXT generation!'' *Turns and flogs the PR officer*

-KyoKi-
-KyoKi-

well now I wonder when this game will come out

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

Ironic how it was announced during the announcement of the PS3 and now that we are at the eve of the next generation they still haven't put it together. My only guess for it is that the game actually sucks and they are trying to pull it together somehow just so Sony don't go Al-Qaeda on their studio for taking so long, so many resources and still fail to deliver. Seriously, no game is worth that long, and even though I loved Shadow of the Colossus and how promissing this game sounded, I still fail to see any success coming out of it after these many delays.

zaxafreon
zaxafreon

So no new information at all.... well thats great :/

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

It was announced in 2009 but it's probably been in development for a few years before then. I'm guessing development started after they released Shadow of the Colossus. They can try and make it look like there's no problems but it's obvious this game is in development hell.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

YES.... NEVER announce a game when all you have is some concepts and animation.  Wait till its almost done then announce it to the world. 

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

I had anticipation back when it was announced but now I'm just waiting till it comes out. 

AcousticSoul20
AcousticSoul20

man ive been really anticipating this game. hope they start talking about it soon

 

natalieyan
natalieyan

guess this game is competing with ff 13v in terms of the development period

cheamo
cheamo

Announcing it early really doesn't seem like the problem, it's all the statements about its status since then really. I guess 3+ years isn't really all that long for a game, but it doesn't seem like there's any firm time period for when it will be done. I personally have been starting to worry that there's sort of a DNF thing going on here.

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

maybe the game is a front for money laundering...hmm

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

Ahh, so that's what it was.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

Looks like they're gonna take their time getting this one right.

ecurl143
ecurl143

I just don't get how a game like this can be in development for so long with absolutely nothing to show for it.

The studio responsible must be be hemorrhaging money at a colossal rate - how the studio remains open is a mystery to me.

 

itchyflop
itchyflop

just release it already, another gran turismo in the works i was soooo dissapoint ed in that. hype hype hype...im getting bored now.

wooooode
wooooode

The problem is not showing it to early but giving it a 2011 release date and still not seeing gameplay and that date being well past is the issue.

mrsniper83
mrsniper83

Why does this keep making news....are people really wanting this game that bad...sure it looks cool but why are people freaking out because its not out yet...

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

I really hope it comes out eventually...

DrKill09
DrKill09

Well no sh1t.  Just like DNF and Prey.

Stolet
Stolet

Last Guardian please work. I really hope it turns out into an classic but the more I hear about it my disbelief grows.

MuggySake
MuggySake

I've always said games shouldn't be announced until 6 months or less before it's intended release date.

pieceofcrap
pieceofcrap

I preordered the Last Guardian in 2009 (3 years ago). I guess I should have known that I would be waiting for a long time.

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

I am patiently waiting for this one when its done, its a DAY ONE PURCHASE.

CItizenTaylor
CItizenTaylor

Aw good to hear, in an age of ultra violent shooters, it'll be nice to see more releases like this, especially after playing ICO and SotC.

Shadeslinger04
Shadeslinger04

Maybe the game will come out the same time that Home gets out of beta. haw haw.

thetravman
thetravman

It would be nice to see some articles about the game's progress for a change.

Dragdar
Dragdar

thank god for that, this game is gonna define the current gen !

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hastati4
hastati4

I feel like I've read this news article ten times already.

 

At this point, I feel like they're not going to get any more interest until something concrete, that confirms that the game is making progress, is shown. We can only be shown the same screens so many times before they just have no effect on us.

buying1999
buying1999

which basically boils down to the lame azz over priced internet ready blu ray player can't handle the game. They should have made it for the SUPERIOR Xbox 360 and we'd already be playing a game that would look and perform better than it EVER could have on the over priced internet ready blu ray player. I mean GT5 took 5 years and millions upon millions of dollars to develop and Forza took 2 years, half the cost and hands GT5 it's azz in a sack. Forza looks better ALL THE CARS not some premium bullsh1t like GT5. Face it. Sony released and over priced internet ready game machine impersonating blu ray player and you fell for it. FACT.

 

The Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made. --John Carmack

aldronlin
aldronlin

i waited some long that i lost interest already.  it was cool, now its just stupid.  remind me of how SE handle FF series, which is something i would never ever follow again.  

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

cmon i think its time to start a pool.. i bet 10 euros on 2015. 

ahpuck
ahpuck

 @megakick Yes, they always jump the gun. But, nothing to show for? now you're just being irrational.

tgwolf
tgwolf

 @-KyoKi- ...Or 'if' it will come out, or why it was set back. I suspect there will be some significant revisions by the end of it all, which should be generally good news for those that will actually buy it. 

tgwolf
tgwolf

 @soulless4now Well, when you own the arcade machine, you can just keep adding the same quarters and everyone else has to pay for it!

tgwolf
tgwolf

 @hastati4 Really? I never even bothered to see any of the screens. I guess I am setting my sights on a game with a bit more ambition and more substance to offer. 

96augment
96augment

 @buying1999 Fact: You make fanboys look like geniuses. You can't even spell ass. How is the PS3 to blame for some developers taking too long to develop a game?

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

 @buying1999 Oh look, a 13 year old kid who thinks Kinect games are superior to bluray games.

DARKCHOAS
DARKCHOAS

 @buying1999 While I've had/have both systems I rarely used my Xbox and it died on me twice. I just refuse to replace it.

buying1999
buying1999

 @scatterbrain007 

No they're absolutely not the same. wow. visit lensoftruth . com and then we'll talk about whether or not they're the same ROFL.

 

The Xbox 360 is the BEST console EVER made. --John Carmack

96augment
96augment

 @buying1999Why can't you just talk about it here? Tell me one thing you can do on the Xbox that you can't do (ten times better) on the PC.