Sony "reengineering" The Last Guardian

Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida says team working on long-awaited game is "well-staffed," can't talk about platform just yet.

Sony is "reengineering" long-awaited PlayStation game The Last Guardian, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told GamesIndustry International in a new interview.

It is not clear what this means for the project.

Yoshida was asked about SCEA Jack Tretton's recent comment about the game being on "hiatus." He said describing development on the game this way is a little off-the-mark.

"Hiatus, I never… It was Jack Tretton! He used that term, and I said no, hiatus is misleading," Yoshida said. "It was a hiatus in terms of releasing new information. The game has never stopped--the team has always been here. They're going through the reengineering of the game, so the team size is smaller, because it's more engineering focused right now."

Asked what platform The Last Guardian would be released for, Yoshida said, "That I cannot talk about." The game was formally announced in June 2009 for the PlayStation 3.

"So, we're waiting for the right time to reintroduce The Last Guardian in an appropriate way. I can't… Well, the game is in development, and it's well staffed, and Ueda-san is here, working--even though he's not a Sony employee, he's dedicated to the product. But we're not ready to update yet."

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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211 comments
OmitName
OmitName

with its finding a new manner in which to settle, perhaps the design of the game will have some attention. i was very fond of ico and shadow of the colossus, however the style in the last guardian did not translate well from previous games in the series to ps3, in my opinion & from what ive seen. it was plenty impressive and bloomy, but the main character's face made him look a bit creepy.

negativeions
negativeions

It would be nice if Sony would focus more on one project at a time. Put all your resources into one thing, get it out FAST and make it great, similar to what Rockstar does, then go on to the next thing. This game should have been out 2 years ago. If it comes out for PS4 though, that would be great.

BradBurns
BradBurns

Maybe our descendants will experience Ueda's next project during the 2nd Renaissance of Mars in the year 3025 A.D.

dmaze36
dmaze36

Wonder if this or FFXV will launch first.

Fine_TableLamp
Fine_TableLamp

Maybe they just decided to create it on PS4 instead.

maitkarro
maitkarro

Stop this teasing t.t

Ah they are developing it, but it's not a priority, so I guess we have to wait another year.

honeydaddytio
honeydaddytio

psx and ps2 were quick buys for me.

When the demo of ICO was released I was hooked,it was a first day buy and I loved it!

Shadow of Colossus was like another plane to me.

when I found out the next game for team ICO was "the last guardian"

I decided to wait for the games release to buy my PS3.

Its the only reason I've never owned a ps3, and apparently never will : (

ramageddonights
ramageddonights

I think the longer a game is delayed, the more gamers expect it to be really good. If this game turns out to be mediocre, it may get heavier criticisms than it may deserve. However, I think the same holds true if the game does well - it may come highly recommended and even worth the wait.

bigdrew172
bigdrew172

Such a shame Shadow of the Colossus is probably my favorite game of all time. They do great work, but this does not seem to be getting anywhere. Just need to write this off.

suprastaruk
suprastaruk

Nice to know not all delayed/slow releases turn out like Duke Nukem or Aliens colonial marines. Hopefully...

Mraou
Mraou

Perhaps it was the tricky PS3 architecture that was causing them problems. Hopefully, they'd have less technical problems if they make it a PS4 exclusive.

TehUndeadHorror
TehUndeadHorror

They would have gone through so many iterations by now. If they still can't make it good maybe it's time to move on? :( 

UniversalPie
UniversalPie

This is gonna be the swan song of the PS5 when its making way for the PS6 in 2021

greatryoman
greatryoman

This was suppose to be a PS3 LAUNCH title. D=

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

This game's never going to happen.  Sony's better served just canceling it outright and not stringing people along.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

This game better be awesome after such a long wait.

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

This feels like a sad love story, but I'll keep on waiting forever if need be, game. <3

BLaverock
BLaverock

I was wondering where this game had gone. I remember seeing the trailer a LONG TIME AGO, like when the trailer for Shadow of the Colossus was being aired. Glad to see it's not been swept under the rug entirely :D

bkohary
bkohary

What if this really is Duke Nukem Forever and the game that came out was an imposter?

qU1m3Ra
qU1m3Ra

Duhh!!! this game is for PS5

erMonezza
erMonezza

The more they wait for new information, the less people will be interested in it. It's gonna just fade into many small news snippets like this and people will move on to new games.

ShadowNeverDies
ShadowNeverDies

2014 is way too ridiculously soon a release date guys, hopefully it's not pushed back so far it ends up like Too Human or even worse Duke Nukem Forever where it's just 10 years late to the party.

hoplayletsplay
hoplayletsplay

DIS GAME has reached legendary status for the better or worse. 

drodriguesaar
drodriguesaar

Shut up and take my money, and go back to work

Jasurim
Jasurim

I still really want it. :'(

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

"Re-engineered" means moved to the PS4. Everybody knows it by now. Might as well just say it.

vgsak2005
vgsak2005

This game is a lot like Duke Nukem Forever. Wait, no its not.

Thegamer16
Thegamer16

They should bundle the game with FFXV and call it the 

"A Decade in The Making Game Collection".

$40 of course


Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Probably they will release for PS4, and i'm still waiting...

I know there are chances for a disaster, but playing ICO and SoTC again, gives a lot of hope.

Ravinstyle
Ravinstyle

I don't think anyone could have said it better!

maitkarro
maitkarro

@honeydaddytio What, you didn't want to play ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD versions on the PS3 also you can remote play them with PSVita through direct adhoc or wi-fi connection.

MAXAM999
MAXAM999

@KillzoneSnake Nintendo ?

I feel like Nintendo jealousy reaches Sony's pro Dev's the moment when they saw Shadow of the Colossus on the PS2, They are like : * Damn this game looks epic , Hey wait a second , What if we put Zelda with SoTC Gameplay style .. WE SHOULD HIRE UEDA *

Don't be surprised if this sellout goes to Nintendo , We know Nintendo loves to steal good developers as much as they can to create their own name and their existence on the market from Sony

RS13
RS13

@TehUndeadHorror Agreed.  I wish the developers would back burner this and get on with another game.  It's a shame that the developers of ICO and Shadow have been MIA for so long.

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

On a sidenote, I'd feel better if they told us the game was for ps4 at this point, when they showed the videos, I was pretty sure this game would make my ps3 explode.+

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

@BLaverock Seriously, how long has it been?  I think the first trailer for FF Versus XIII (now FF XV) was 2006 and a trailer for Last Guardian not long after.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

@bkohary Then there would have to be a really really good reason for this trailer not having any explosions, punching, poorly executed one-liners, and juvenile "jokes".

BradBurns
BradBurns

@ChiefFreeman 

Quit 'sho lyin', fool!

Well all know that they're just re-engineering it because it accidentally became un-engineered recently.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

@Diegoctba Even a noble failure by Team Ico would be better than most of the generic junk that gets released each and every year. 

honeydaddytio
honeydaddytio

@maitkarro These games were beautiful enough already.Clearer versions to an impressionistic graphic style? I knew it would be different but necessarily better,but I almost did buy the HD version just to own these games again LOL.