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.

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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?
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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