The Last Guardian and Team Ico Collection TGS 2010 Impressions

Team Ico offers up some new information on its upcoming title as well as the HD remakes of its two previous games.

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Our most recent look at The Last Guardian was at Tokyo Game Show 2009 when Sony and Team Ico showed off some new footage to the press in an appointment that was more about discussing the game than showing it in action. One year later and we're back in the same situation; we've yet to see a proper gameplay demo of this highly anticipated title from the studio behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, but at the very least we've been able to see some new video and get a few updates from the developer. And as an added bonus, we were shown a quick demo of the HD remake of Shadow of the Colossus that will be bundled along with Ico in an updated greatest-hits collection next year.

First, a quick primer for anyone not familiar with The Last Guardian. Announced last year, the game stars a small boy and a massive bird-cat hybrid called the Trico. The game explores the relationship between these two characters and is set in a mysterious world of seemingly classical ruins and muted colors, similar to those we've seen in Team Ico's previous works. The new trailer, which debuted earlier today at a Japanese-language Sony press conference, was a more jovial, upbeat video than the trailer that leaked prior to last year's E3. It featured an upbeat soundtrack with plenty of woodwind instruments, and we saw scenes of the boy and the Trico playing with one another, exploring the environment with some platforming and even engaging in some combat with what appeared to be armored knights of some kind.

Outside of showing this new video, game director Fumito Ueda offered up some new pieces of information in a discussion of the game that was probably a little vaguer than most in attendance had hoped for. First, he wanted to dispel the notion that this game will inevitably feature a sad ending. Instead, Ueda said that it's more "open ended" than previous games he has made, which seems to suggest the possibility for multiple endings depending on what the player does.

In terms of story, Ueda mentioned that the game begins with the boy and the Trico in a much more uneasy relationship than the trailer everyone had just been shown. He said that you'll begin the game in a "rigid" and "unfriendly" relationship before eventually coming together as companions. From there, Ueda didn't want to explore the game, but it seems fair to assume that outside forces and enemies of some kind will come along and put your relationship to the test.

On the subject of why we've heard so little on The Last Guardian since it was first announced, Ueda defended the relative quiet by mentioning that this game is being developed quite a bit differently from the studio's previous two titles. Whereas Ico and Shadow were both begun with the research and development phases kicking off right as the game design got under way, The Last Guardian started with the initial planning phase well before the team got to designing the game. Therefore, there was still a lot of work to be done after all the abstract concepts and basic outline had been decided on. As Ueda said, the team has been in "crunch mode" for some time now.

Though we didn't get a whole lot of information on The Last Guardian, we did get some pretty concrete information on HD remakes of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus that have been rumored about for a while now. Yes, Team Ico is indeed working on an updated bundle of the two games scheduled to arrive next spring. And as it turns out, The Team Ico Collection (Sony doesn't have an official title for the bundle yet, so that's what we're calling it for simplicity's sake) is not merely an HD remake of the two games; they'll both offer full 3D support as well.

In terms of changes to the games, Ico will feature the European ending rather than the US one (which Ueda was never happy with, calling the European version "the complete game"), while Shadow of the Colossus will supposedly be remedied of the inconsistent frame rate that plagued the PlayStation 2 version. Ueda was very specific when he said that the PlayStation 3 will allow Shadow to run at a steady 30 frames per second as the studio originally intended it to. We were shown a live demo of the Shadow remake, and it certainly seems that the game is running smoothly. Ueda also pointed out that Shadow features completely redone textures to go along with the bump up to HD resolutions. Though it was hard to get a sense of the visual fidelity since the game was being shown on a projector, it looked quite good for being a half-decade-old PlayStation 2 title.

So far, the trailers for The Last Guardian have us optimistic about what the full game will entail, and it's great to see The Team Ico Collection officially confirmed with 3D support to boot. But at this point, we're more eager than ever to see and play The Last Guardian. Hopefully we'll have the chance to do that soon, but in the meantime, keep an eye out for more Tokyo Game Show 2010 coverage coming your way.

Discussion

145 comments
hellpolice
hellpolice

This game will be grand just like Shadow of the Colossus!

legefy
legefy

i have been looking for ico and sotc for years now!!

shakensparco
shakensparco

I really want to play Shadow of the Colossus. Why don't I have a PS3? I guess a Wii and 360 just aren't enough.

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

I have no idea how the man does it. Ico, a silent gem. SoC, one of the most astounding game experiances, and now this. Two games isnt enough of a track record to pre judge but...I have a feeling this game will revolutionize the industry.

wars45
wars45

cant wait ps3 is god

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

this is going to be great.... but .... I could never finish SotC, just felt like a tool doing someones bidding. Killed 3 colosi and that was it... I may now be ready to finish the game twice first on PS3 then take out my old PS2 and try it on there to see the different ending. Please tone down the emotions a bit.. its great and all but too much is overwhellming for me. I know its not an american game whre everything ends up SUPER and all dandy... but still if the trio dies ... ... IDK

KaizerJinn
KaizerJinn

now this is AWESOME news. definitely getting this. ^_^

rcktz
rcktz

Team ICO games are just out of this world, - a truly unique innovative experience and probably the most incredible harmony of artistry I've ever seen in videogames.

rugripper40
rugripper40

now ill definitely buy this game...wish more companies would bundle last gen games in hd with new games...the last gen games rocked compared to this gen...most of the newer games suck

dantesergei
dantesergei

originality and creativity at its best day 1 buy of both.

mrhagane
mrhagane

ICO, Shadow of Colossus, and The Last Guardian!! God... this is the reason why i love my ps3 so much!!

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

@AlphaCommando haha really o well i think microsoft are trying too hard to be like nintendo with their kinect thing for all their new exclusives coming u need kinect which is reall g*y they better have a fps/tps/action series up their sleeve

tandukbadak
tandukbadak

@hazuki "PlayStation 3 will allow Shadow to run at a steady 30 frames per second as the studio originally intended it to." read carefully. in PS2 version they meant to run the game at 30fps, so thats the maximum fps the game will have. Unless they remake the animation with more frames, which they don't.

MakeUFam0us
MakeUFam0us

This is why you have to have every system so releases like this dont escape you!

johnphenomenon
johnphenomenon

@timisdeath dude metal gear rising is coming to the xbox360

timisdeath
timisdeath

i truly cant wait, I swear between this and metal gear....these are the games that make me happy to be an PS person

slvrraven9
slvrraven9

Shadow of the collossus hd remake......1 day buy no doubt. HELL YEAH!

AlphaCommando
AlphaCommando

@Tarfang2 Mass Effect is coming to PS3, so that's one less for their list. :P

hazuki
hazuki

So even the ps3 can't run shadow of the colossus at more than 30fps lol. The ps2 was lucky to be doing 20fps on low settings.

Tarfang2
Tarfang2

i think ill be the 1st xbox 360 player to etmit that the excluies for ps3 have a much brighter future halo, gears, fable and mass effect will all soon come to an end and microsoft will need gd replacments not just focusing on their kinect. the ps3 however has exclesives exploding out its ears but as long as i get the deccent cross platform titles im cool

Ares360
Ares360

I think my heart just stopped when I saw shadow of colossus on the remake list. Sony have all your great devs bring back the classic ps2 titles to the PS3, I'm still waiting for a Kingdom Hearts remake onto the PS3.

jands42107
jands42107

Shadow of the Colossus was one of the most epic games ever.

ooblah
ooblah

Game's gonna be amazing, I have absolute faith in that. All you need to go on is it's predecessors. ICO and Shadow are my top two PS2 games EVER!

Solid_Tango
Solid_Tango

Plese PLEASE just add MGS 2 and 3 to the hd collections and i m set for life.

goodemon
goodemon

man sony really knows how to show the love to its ps2 hardcores with all these great HD version of god of war 1 and 2, then theres Sly cooper, and now Ico and Shadow of the collossus! Now lets get straight to the Jak and Daxter and Ratchet and Clank HD makeovers. So Awesome. I really hope other developers are aware of how great the hardcore community appreciates these noble efforts!!!

Charliesix
Charliesix

Colossus is getting upgraded textures too? This just gets better and better.

jedediahpelland
jedediahpelland

sweet, cant wait, Ico and Shadow are two of my all time favorite games. If I still had Ico I could pop it in (for the 5th time since I first played it) right now, and play it all the way through.

DarkFantom1
DarkFantom1

Shadow of the Colossus was a great game,looks like this game will be great as well.

soulless4now
soulless4now

I wouldn't be surprised if this game didn't come stateside until early 2012. Way too long for me. :(

Pete5506
Pete5506

So glad that we finally hear something for this game

jer_1
jer_1

Awesome to hear! I have not played Ico or shadow, tally me up for all 3 guys, good call on this remake!!!

jburde
jburde

Shadow redone? YESSSSSSS!!!! Never played Ico but this'll be a good reason to try it out and The Last Guardian sounds very interesting :)

XxHYDROZILLAxX
XxHYDROZILLAxX

This gives me a Hot Boon Arrow. This development team is legendary in my eyes. Yes that is a play on habanero and something perverse if you were wondering.

Cruxis27
Cruxis27

SoTC gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling inside

FightingGuyX4
FightingGuyX4

i wanna see both them games in last guardian graphics imagen the insane detail wishful thinking there.lol......be nice

xpepox
xpepox

i loved ico one of my favorite games!

ahnzz
ahnzz

awesome was going to buy SotC, but i can wait now

Tr5978
Tr5978

Heh, and I just bought SotC on PS2 a few days ago. Just my luck.

jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

I would buy and play ICO again. I've never said that about a remake before.

auron11022
auron11022

I may end up trying these games out now.

GymFox
GymFox

omg... SOTC was one of my all time favs. I am so happy to hear this

james2509
james2509

I'm really happy more titles like these are upscaling to hd.

oneEnigma
oneEnigma

finally i get to play these games, never really found Ico interesting though seemed sort of puzzle game to me where you could be stuck for ages or something, but Shadow Colossus ive always really wanted to play. Now al lwe need is a ratchet & Clank Collection PS2 games in HD for the PS3 in 1 package!

simbacorks
simbacorks

Some of the best games in the history. I can put them next to sonic, strider, flashback, toe jam & earl, silpheed, command and conquer and star fox.

zsoujiro
zsoujiro

Wow, I was expecting more information from Ueda... But SoC and Ico in HD and 3D are really good news, I want trophies to win too