Sony calls Last Guardian E3 listing 'purely speculative'

PlayStation maker responds to listing for long-in-development adventure game appearing on trade show's official website.

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Sony has called an entry for The Last Guardian posted to E3Insider--the official website of next month's Electronic Entertainment Expo--"purely speculative."

"I'm afraid the listing is purely speculative," a Sony representative told Polygon.

The product page lists The Last Guardian for the PlayStation 3. It also tells gamers to expect "the latest details" on the long-in-development game once the show begins in earnest on June 11.

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.

Most recently, The Last Guardian creative director Fumito Ueda told gamers to "keep an eye out" for an official announcement on the game from Sony.

The Last Guardian was formally announced at the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Discussion

196 comments
Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

How can an official list be speculative? Only with Somy... make.believe.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

I bought PS3 for The Last Guardian. Somy liars owe me $600 + inflation. Where to send the bill?

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

Remember how pathetic PS3 fanboys bragged how they got Agent, The Last Guardian, Versus 13 for their console?? Somy LOVES to announce games it's not gonna develop. Mad Max seems to be the new one.

Kid_Black_Star
Kid_Black_Star

Wasn't this supposed to come out a generation ago?

MirkoS77
MirkoS77

Covering their asses with this as it will not be shown at E3.  TLG is dead.

slainta
slainta

This is taking far too long… The Last Guardian and FF vs XIII are two of the main reasons why I bought a PS3. I would have bought it anyway, but you know, it's disappointing to still know nothing just before the beginning of the new generation.

kyacat
kyacat

Will say if Sony show a new trailer or actual gameplay of the last guardian at E3 next week Sony will total owned Microsoft

TheLastGamer122
TheLastGamer122

Bioshock Infinite also had a development hell, and it was amazing!! I am sure The Last Guardian will be awesome.

theperm
theperm

This game is like the Chinese Democracy of the video game industry.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

shit or get off the god damn pot already.  Either it's going to be ready here this year or just say the title has been scrapped. 

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

My gut tells me it is not pure speculative but a nice way of saying, "we kinda trying to cover it up without outright lying about it." Bring it on E3! Side note: Hope it is for PS4, I want this game on 1080p and much less technical constraints of the PS3.

edinko
edinko

High chance that it is Vaporware like FF Versus

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

I guess PS4 will lack exclusives as Sony is not developing any title for its upcoming console.

toyo75
toyo75

It would be good if the media refrains from publishing articles about the Last Guardian until an actual finished game is already about to be released. 

They're just giving the public false hopes at the moment.

Dragon-Power
Dragon-Power

Many people are die and many people are born and still this game not released yet .

USDevilDog
USDevilDog

Last Guardian has had a large development mountain to climb, considering many critics believe ICO and Shadow of Colossus were among the best games of the last console generation.  I cannot imagine the enormous pressure of coming up with a follow-up with the same emotional gravitas as its predecessors.  On the bright side, Sony has not cancelled this project yet.  There is still hope.

RaveNRolla
RaveNRolla

this game is still in development? wasn't it announced like 5 years ago?

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

Does anyone care anymore? Even if it does come out, the other two major delay games Diablo III and Duke Nukem were well below expectations. So even if it does come out I cant see it meeting the expectations.


PS Im not eqating to Diablo to Duke, but even though Diablo III was good, it was a far cry from 2 and even 1.

Zloth2
Zloth2

No, this is not slow development.  Not 7 years.  This has got to be a case of figuring out your gameplay is really bad then going back and redesigning major parts of the game.  Probably more than once.  Eventually Sony is going to stop throwing good money after bad and either cancel it or kick it out of the nest and pick up a few bucks off the pre-order suckers.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

Why is there so much cynicism about this game ever coming out? it WILL get released. Why would any publisher outright cancel a game that has been in development for so long? They would have nothing to gain and all to lose. Sony would rather have it completed and take a financial loss (but at least make some of their investment back) than to cancel it and pretend it never happened. Sony knows how much love there is for Team ICO and their previous games and they don't want to let down all their fans that have been looking forward to this. Will the final product be what was originally intended? Maybe not. But even a noble failure by Team Ico is better than the majority of the games out there. 

My guess is that the game went far over budget and somewhere along development it was decided to port it over to the PS4. This has caused even further delay. I believe it will be released on both the PS3 and PS4 late this year or early next year. A similar situation may have happened to Final Fantasy Versus (one can hope). 

Qixote
Qixote

I don't really care about this game anymore.  What's the point?   Obviously they are having trouble making this game good.

pip3dream
pip3dream

The Ultimate in Vapor Ware.  Coming Never Soon.

SquareEnixFan13
SquareEnixFan13

I still have hope. It'll come, yessum, it sure will.

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

What a shame... :(


I was really looking forward to this game for a while. Looked awesome

say0cheese
say0cheese

I almost think it would be better if they just straight up said it's not going to be released.. all these maybe-but-not-really kinds of teasers are the worst especially after this many years lol

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

It would be nice to see it. I wonder if it is a PS4 launch title.

nephili232
nephili232

The fact that they made a comment at all gives me some hope.

svaubel
svaubel

Think it's safe to say this game is never going to see the light of day at this point. It's been in development for around 7 years now. I dont see how it could possibly to live up to people's expectations for being in the works for so long.

No_SuRReNDeR
No_SuRReNDeR

Ps4.... perhaps that is why all the bs was going down...a smokescreen because they were moving to Ps4?... Idk just a thought.



DigitalNoodle
DigitalNoodle

This game is going to suffer the same fate as DNF.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

this was destined to be a gaming myth 

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

It wouldn't surprise me if this game got totally scraped during it's development.It would explain why it's taking so long to make.

Shenmue_Jehuty
Shenmue_Jehuty

This game will never come out, quote me on that.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

@slainta None of these games are coming out on PS3. Ever. Mark my words.

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

@slainta I actually bought a PS3 for The Last Guardian -_- I think I played like 3 games on the thing, the only one that made me not regret buying it was Journey, since I feel it is an irreplaceable experience.

theblackfrog
theblackfrog

@kyacat they already owned M$ coz they dont show shit info about their new console :P

soulless4now
soulless4now

@RaveNRolla Not quite 5, but almost 4, which is much too long regardless. It's joining the ranks of Final Fantasy Versus XIII that was announced back in 2006 and still isn't out yet either. I wouldn't be surprised if both ended up on ps4 at this point. 

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

@kiramasaki Well, I have faith in the makers of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. I just don't know how many years I'll be waiting T_T.
D3 failed just due to the RMAH which was a big gamble...
Noww... Duke really was bad...

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@Zloth2 I wouldn't deny that the game has had a troubled development and probably won't be the game that the developers had hoped. But why would the director go on record a few months back and confirm that the game is still under development? Surely there is some weight to that. 

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Xristophoros A company will cancel a game if it's a real stinker because it would hurt the brand more than the few sales would help.

jecomans
jecomans

@Qixote I think the problem has always been (from Ueda talking a few times about level design) that they created this awesome and heartwarming gimmick of a boy and a griffin falling in love as they help each other through levels, but then couldn't work out enough ways to create that teamwork in a meaningful way that maintains that dynamic of emotional growth and platforming that requires it. 

When it does come it has a good chance of being an exciting game to play. They do seem to be really stressing, at this point years after release date, that Ueda is not under any deadline pressure. They've probably seen what happened to the last few games that came out late and were terrible, and have decided they're so far in they may as well hold onto their losses and hope he eventually gives them a money spinner. 

Zloth2
Zloth2

@pip3dream Sure it will!  Valve will buy it and release it along with Half Life 3 in the Purple Box.  ;)

Zloth2
Zloth2

@ayobi_sama Well it's not like Sony is going to be happy about it.  Heaven only knows how much they spent on those games and they are getting 0 back.

Downloadpilot
Downloadpilot

@soulless4now @RaveNRolla I already predicted Final Fantasy Versus was coming out on PS4 the first time I saw the trailers some years ago. Mark my words, it will be a PS4 exclusive!

On the other hand, Last Guardian probably will follow the same path, since as soon as PS4 comes out, any forward-thinking developer is gonna be shifting their perspective towards that.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@Zloth2 If the game really was as bad as you say, then it would have been formally cancelled years ago. Obviously there was enough that was right to keep it under development up until now. Try to be more optimistic.