Last Guardian director "terribly sorry" for delay

Fumito Ueda apologizes to fans for the "various reasons" the game has not been released after half-decade of development.

The Last Guardian director Fumito Ueda, who also worked on Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, has apologized for the game's lengthy development period

"More than anything, I feel terribly sorry that for various reasons I have kept my audience waiting for such a long time," Ueda told Edge in a new interview.

The Last Guardian has now been in development for more than half a decade after being formally announced in 2009, though Ueda said his creative contribution to the project was completed a "long time ago."

"The details of when, where, and how [The Last Guardian] will be completed are beyond my control," he said.

Ueda also briefly discussed his decision to leave Sony as a full-time employee, and instead work on The Last Guardian in a freelance capacity.

"It was not easy, but I can’t go into the details just yet," he said. "It will be good to be able to discuss it along with a post-mortem of The Last Guardian someday."

Sony president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida said last month that the developer was "reengineering" The Last Guardian, though he would not say if the game was in development for PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4.

The Last Guardian has made "slow progress" for years. Sony senior vice president of product development Scott Rohde said during E3 2012 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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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Ravinstyle
Ravinstyle

Maybe our great great grandchildren will be fortunate enough to play it on the ps8.

negativeions
negativeions

Instead of apologizing get the damn game out already. Team ICO and Polyphony should have kids together. They have a lot in common. Slow. Stupid. Underfunded probably. No incentive to release their games in a timely manner. Bad management and business practices by Sony.

nikontou
nikontou

 I am sure this game at the very end will be cancelled.
 I remembered the days  while ps2 was on sale and after a year from shadow of the colossus release, announced that this title was under development.... badly now The Last Guardian  Graphic engine would be too old and also game will lacks from the new gameplay system, because this game was delayed over an era of technology evolution !!!

phoenixto
phoenixto

well as long as they dont make it a duke nukem piece os crap, so bad i cried (almost)

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

If it ever comes out, I'll give it a shot.  If not, however, whatevs.  There's too many games that ARE coming out for me to sit here pining over something that may never release.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Atleast they did care to open their mouths.Unlike Valve.

Defender1978
Defender1978

Wow.  Half a decade sounds so much longer and more dramatic than 5 years.  

kerrman
kerrman

Yeah, I don't care about this anymore.

RabidBurp
RabidBurp

Just announce its cancellation officially and be done with it. We are tired of these mindgames you're playing with us.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Sorry, lost interest in this game after the fourth "unofficial" delay a couple of years ago. They seriously screwed this one up and someone or multiple someones should be fired as a result if they haven't already.

TenraiSenshi
TenraiSenshi

It would be nice if they at least gave us a release window. Right now I don't think they even know when they expect to be finished. >_<

soulless4now
soulless4now

Just announce it for ps4 already so I can rest easier at night. 

gavachotrece
gavachotrece

One of the reasons I bought my PS3 was to play The Last Guardian. I don't care if they release a graphically-superior version on PS4, that's fine, but please Sony, PLEASE do not release this only on PS4. Releasing it on PS3 will restore good faith with those of us who've been waiting for it for years, and obviously you've got a larger install base to work with as well.

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

make this game on PS4 and I'll promise you the best games library since the old days with PS2.

ff7100
ff7100

Sorry won't do but game will =)

lostn
lostn

 I think they should officially cancel the game. Even if it does release in 4 years time, it will look and maybe play so outdated it'd have to be released as a downloadable title.

Brando008
Brando008

After SOTC and the trailer for this game, I'm hoping for another masterpiece :) PS4 in 2014... one can hope

gargungulunk
gargungulunk

At least they're still working on it, I guess.   I'll look forward to the game sometime.

After watching the trailer video, it's a bit off-putting how the character is toonish, while the beast is fully detailed.  I hope that something like that is still getting blended together.

Genocide6sic6
Genocide6sic6

Duke Nukem:  Last Guardian of the Diakatana, Episode 3 

as written by Huxley (Aldous)

XxXDarkness0XxX
XxXDarkness0XxX

meh.. dont really care about this game but if it was the next shadow of the colossus then dam thats a whole different story

pszone
pszone

I think game might be for all consoles since I think no point putting as Execlslive like all time been wasted

divinejester
divinejester

At this point at minimum it will be for both the ps4 and ps3, if not the ps4 exclusively.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

If the production of the game is "beyond my control" of the director...what the fuck is going on over there?

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

I can be patient. Too many other games to catch up on for current-gen consoles

toddx77
toddx77

If this takes any longer then it is going to have to be a ps4 game because PS3 will either be out of production or too old of a console to have the game make any money.

PupilsDilated
PupilsDilated

I've already pre-ordered this for the PS6...can't wait!

alonfire
alonfire

I would gladly play Ico and Shadow of colossus again, but this time in PS4, just like SquareSoft is doing with FFX.

hadlee73
hadlee73

We're not annoyed about it taking a long time. But at least tell us some more about it. People stop caring when there's no new info for months.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

I lost interest like a year or two ago and I don't think the long devolopment time does the game any good. Maybe this will be the next duke? ^^

steve_esquire
steve_esquire

I'm not into Sony games and the such, but this one definitely looked interesting. It's to the point now though where it'll probably flop like Duke Nukem. When a game takes this long, people expect a lot. Anything short of amazing isn't enough and will lower reception for it.

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

I don't care.  Right now, it would be judged on 5 years of development of a game, and...that's just not how good that game will be.  I just don't care about it anymore...

haze0986
haze0986

at this point who cares anymore? dont announce a game then keep developing another 5 years, simple

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

It's getting near the point where fans have lost interest.   Many already have.      I'm still holdibg out hope, but it's real hard to. : (

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

After watching the movie I can see why this game is taking so long. There are several ambiguous themes in the movie, and the third person perspective is complex. Perhaps The Last Guardian is just too complicated for a game, but if it is ever finished, it might be one of the greatest of all time.

StHapns247
StHapns247

In 7 years Gearbox will buy it, release it, then take all the flak for it being shitty.

electro57
electro57

Coming soon to PS6 in 2029! Pre-order now at Gamestop!

ThePowerOfHAT
ThePowerOfHAT

Is it gonna be a PS4 game at this point, then?  Seems if they don't have a release window in mind at all that it would be pointless to even assume it'll be launching on the "current-gen" console.

breathnac
breathnac

"post-mortem" is probably not a good word to use for this game Ueda lol

breathnac
breathnac

soooo again no news.....what's the point of having an interview with him if you get absolutely no new updates on the game???

cinerius
cinerius

@lostn 

I still hunt some colossi from time to time, and I find the visuals and gameplay to be still incredibly fresh compared to many other recent titles. I know what you mean though.

jonaspolsky
jonaspolsky

@breathnac post-mortem is a term used for the recap meetings of any completed project.