Last Guardian Trailer Impressions

Team Ico's next project confirms boy and giant beastie dynamic.

It turns out that the leaked footage a few weeks ago dubbed Project Trico was right on the money. It is indeed Team Ico's new game for the PlayStation 3, and it was given its official name--Last Guardian--at this morning's Sony E3 press conference.

The trailer showcased at Sony's event was almost identical to the footage "leaked" earlier. It began with some ominous scenes of a boy running down a dark corridor, intercut with some close-up shots of an unidentified giant creature. The boy eventually ran out of the corridor and into the daylight, falling over a ledge and hanging on for dear life. A gigantic creature then ran out of the tunnel--it had a dog's face, four legs with talons, and a long ratlike tail. The creature screeched and then gently lowered its head to help the boy climb off the ledge. The boy then clambered over the large creature, resting himself on top of its head as they both looked out over what looked like a crumbling, ruined city.

What followed was a series of short scenes showing what we assume to be gameplay, with the boy and the creature having to help each other navigate obstacles. The boy used the creature to gain access to high spots and even at one stage went underwater while clinging onto the creature's large neck feathers. What was apparent here was the clear bond between the two, as both the creature and the boy seemed to show genuine affection for one another.

The trailer then moved on to show segments not seen in the leaked footage, including sections where the young boy has to take on armored soldiers by throwing barrels at them. The trailer ended with an extremely bewitching visual--the boy and creature at rest, with the boy lying next to his beastie friend as it watched over him.

No release date was confirmed for Last Guardian. For more from the show, check out GameSpot's complete coverage of E3 2009.

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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education
education

I've been waiting for this game for years! Ever since i played shadow of the collossus on the ps2 I have longed for a sequel. SOTC was the best game i had ever played and even though it has been a while, I still havent forgotten the game. Simply beautiful. It was as much a work of art as it was a truly amazing game. I became one with the game. So when i heard about this game then that was just the incentive i needed to go out and pick up a ps3. Ive had a 360 for years now and no reason to buy a ps3 but i want a blu ray player, And now gow3, gt5, and now the last guardian on the horizon it is time to pick up a ps3! Plus how could i forget mgs4! Its gonna be good! Gotta pick up bayonetta and dantes inferno too! Cant wait to finish work in april and get home to do some gaming! I'll be buying any cross system games on the 360 though! Those stupid achievement points are addictive! Those of you who say it was a mistake to buy a 360 ansd ending up bashing the system you own. Thats pathetic. I always said that a fanboy is just a moron who cant afford both systems so he disses the one he doesnt have. Thats lame. Both systems have their advantages so naturally having both will satisfy every need. Come on a give me a release date for the last guardian! I csnt f@#%&^g wait!

godofwar97
godofwar97

i need to buy a PS3!!! i had a choice between the 360 and PS3 and i went for a 360. EPIC FAIL!!

istokes91
istokes91

i sold my ps3 to get a 360 (wrong move). now iv got to buy another ps3 for this brilliant game!!!

Guimengo1
Guimengo1

If there is any sort of link to Shadow of the Colossus I am buying both console and game as soon as the game's available. If there's no connection but the team maintains their quality of work I will buy the PS3. Having a bonus with ICO and Shadow of the Colossus "HD" would be pretty sweet too. I'm very hopeful of a classic here :).

jgb2292
jgb2292

This game could be a game that wins the console war for certain . ............ If it plays as good as it looks.. I want a copy for sure . Shadow of the colossi my favourite last gen game

JBjazzbo
JBjazzbo

this looks like an unforgettable experience, as jimbobb23 said, it looks very impressive... but what's the gameplay going to be like? I really hope it isn't, but the gameplay COULD be disappointing. We'll have to wait and see.

jimbobb23
jimbobb23

This is why you choose a PS3. For unforgettable experiences like this.

SSBFan12
SSBFan12

I have never heard of this game before.

gmax
gmax

Looks like something that will appeal to those who liked the Ico style.

gmax
gmax

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Bane-LoneWolf
Bane-LoneWolf

In both the previous titles, player develops some kind of special affinity and affection with the main as well as supporting character which is very rare in the games and is also the main reason that it is loved by so many people...

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

I instantly got interested on this game when I saw it, looks good.

spartanwrath
spartanwrath

looks weird. but i like the puppy griffin.

tryagainlater
tryagainlater

I hope it lives up to the ICO and Shadow of the Collosus. It does look very impressive.

ocdog45
ocdog45

I ddin't like it when i saw the leak, and i still don't. pass for now.

EPaul
EPaul

Nice, but i dont expect this to come out till next year fall

specialed
specialed

I played Ico, and saw SOTC, and now have seen the trailer for this...It is apparent that they have always wanted the main character, a boy, to look diff...Simple, designed diff and with a diff. color palette compared to the rest of the game... Am I the only one that notices this as obvious art design?

PSFreak1
PSFreak1

very incredible, cant wait for this game

lokesc
lokesc

The boy character lacks details,....it may make it look more of ps2 low poly character. everything else is pretty awesome

dark_being
dark_being

Pretty much what I'd expected from Team ICO

skullflower
skullflower

I wouldn't go as far as to say he stands out like a "sore thumb". But yeah, he does stand out in comparison to the rest of the world. Who knows, that may be what Team Ico are going for - will have to wait and see. It was an amazing trailer though, I've watched it a few times now. The Guardian itself must have been chained up (the massive chain at the beginning) and managed to escape maybe. It might be the reason why it has arrows in its body. To me anyway, it looks like its had its wings clipped also.

Shanarah
Shanarah

I just hope they plan on doing better texturing for the boy's character model before this is go. He stands out like a sore thumb with the realism of everything else.

twilightlullaby
twilightlullaby

Oh wow. ^_^ This game is so pretty, I can't wait for it to come out. :)

IMaBIOHAZARD
IMaBIOHAZARD

the main character looked a LOT like he was pulled straight from actual anime...I'm not really one for Japanese games, and I don't think I'll be interested enough to get it, but I think this'll be a pretty landmark game.

Megaflush24
Megaflush24

I felt a connection with the characters just through the trailer. I dont have a PS3 but this game looks promising

IE_Tho
IE_Tho

not only was the trailer longer than the leaked one, it had substantially better graphics and textures for the creature and armored peeps.

skullflower
skullflower

This game is the reason I'll be buying a PS3.

Gamer4Iife
Gamer4Iife

Naruto: "One word. Mesmerizing." One word isn't nearly enough to describe the beauty of this masterpiece. :)

Naruto
Naruto

One word. Mesmerizing.

guynamedyeah
guynamedyeah

is it weird? of course, but its obvious that team ico has made a game where you really feel for the characters. i wonder if neverending story was a influence. :P

GDCalibur
GDCalibur

Can't wait for this game! Looks simply beautiful and amazing.