The Last Guardian in "earnest" development

Creative director Fumito Ueda says SCE Japan Studio titles like Puppeteer and Knack are taking priority over long-in-development adventure game for the moment.

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The Last Guardian is in "earnest" development, but the game is not a priority at SCE Japan Studio, according to Team Ico head and creative director Fumito Ueda.

In an interview with Famitsu (via Polygon), Ueda said the PlayStation 3 game Puppeteer and PlayStation 4 launch title Knack are taking priority at the moment.

"It's under earnest development," Ueda said of The Last Guardian. "However, SCE Japan Studio, who's working on The Last Guardian, also has titles like Puppeteer and Knack, and those are only the ones currently announced. Those are taking priority right now."

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.

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

Discussion

273 comments
Anutha_One
Anutha_One

"We focus more on computer entertainment."

Please, focus MORE on finishing the game sometime while I am still alive.

jefmac1
jefmac1

This game is becoming the new Final Fantasy Versus 13 in terms of will it ever happen?

l3ebop
l3ebop

watching the first trailer of The Last Guardian i was like * I have to buy a ps3 NOW * so thats what I did...Im gona play it even if it comes out in 5 years ! Im sure its gona be a masterpiece ! :)

DaRq_MiNoS
DaRq_MiNoS

I'm convinced that this game is a complete mess.  First of all, if it's been in development this long, they've probably changed directions a million times... think Duke Nuke 'Em Forever.  Secondly, if they consider it more important to work on Puppeteer and Knack, you know they don't consider it a strong title.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Game update - The last guardian... Wooooooo!!!!

Game in "earnest" development... Oh news about nothing again... bollocks.

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

I think nostalgia glasses plus the long delay just created a mystique that can't be satisfied no matter what. They are better of just canceling this and letting people create in their minds what could have been, then putting out something that bombs like Duke Nukem and sullying the franchises name.

edinko
edinko

Another Vaporware like FF versus was. They will just announce some other game in a couple of years and will say that its the conversion of this to something else like FF15

white_wind
white_wind

if FFXIII versus has a chance then this too will.

white_wind
white_wind

it is was just another Enslaved, Majin w/e the name was, with better graphics then no thanks.

I don't want it to be just about switching controls between your main and his companion

tightwad34
tightwad34

They have really screwed this one up so far. And it seems like it still won't be out for some time. I guess the only good news is that it's still being made.

kishen95
kishen95

Why put focus on those games? Why not finish the Last Guardian first since we have all been waiting so long for these games

Dav_id83
Dav_id83

Just scrap it for gods sake it's going to be another Duke issue again 10 years of wait for utter crap

no_fear_in_hell
no_fear_in_hell

I just hope we will see it someday for the PS3... Having to buy it for the next console (which i wont be getting) would feel like a knife in the back, after all these years of waiting...

Dixavd
Dixavd

I might be in the minority when I say this but comments like this seem pretty reassuring to me. They aren't forcing a deadline on this game but are also not just cancelling it. Compare it to EA and a Mirror's Edge Sequel, that game has been in a behind-the-scenes stop-start mess for years before they announced it this year (while having to mention that it has limited-if-any proper development so far).


Sony, on the other hand, aren't forcing a move in either direction. They could blitz development on it and force it out (cynically, they could have made it a sub-par launch game); but they're not. Or they could just axe the game (and inevitably start development again, and axe it, and start it... over and over). 

Honestly, it looks like they're giving Team ICO and Ueda quite a lot of respect by not forcing them into the normal cycles of development.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

This news makes me so angry. Last Guardian looked really special. Knack looks like mediocre rubbish.

Naylord
Naylord

who cares about Knack? That game looks like garbage compared to this masterpiece.

Oldgun
Oldgun

Dig a grave and bury it, I have lost faith in this game. Stop these comments SONY...

Meta-Gnostic
Meta-Gnostic

At this point I'm going to go ahead and believe this game will never be released. 

RustedTruck650
RustedTruck650

this will be a great game no matter how long it takes to come out. ill be playing other sweet games in the meantime.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

So no new updates then... I now know how Half-Life fans feel. But at least they're saying something about Last Gaurdian

duuuuuuude1
duuuuuuude1

No longer interested.  Bury it with the rest of the trash.  I'm done waiting for it.

Onioki
Onioki

Want this so bad...

Surely now for PS4?

Taken too long..

Why put more time in to cheap cr@p looking titles.?

chad28_69
chad28_69

i mean even versus was re-announced.

isn't it time for this to be too?

come on, sony.

meharu
meharu

Shame on Sony for not considering a Fumito Ueda game as a priority. However good to know it is still in development.

ghostXzero
ghostXzero

THIS GAME IS A TROLL

and rather pointless.  the only thing it has going for it is a weird concept that might be better used as a children's book.

ItsBriskBaby
ItsBriskBaby

I think they had plenty of time already for this game just like FF versus 13, It's been so long I lost interest in them now. The sh#t should be ported over to PS4 or just get canceled. If they do finally bring it out I'll be pre-ordering my PS5.

João Maia
João Maia

A game of the magnitude of Shadow of the Colossus and Ico, and with both those games' emotional value? There's no comparison between Duke Nukem Forever and this.

chris120379
chris120379

no deadline whatsoever...WTF¡¡¡¡

deltaalphagamma
deltaalphagamma

all ps3 games are a low priority now,  ps4 games have now top priority

lowkey254
lowkey254

They shouldn't have even interviewed Ueda. This report has made me less interested.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

Are they even making this game? They say good things come to those who wait..... Still waiting? Seriously though this game better be almost as good as taking a piss when you've been holding it in for 3 hours.

pip3dream
pip3dream

I've lost interest in this title, unfortunately.  I feel like it's time has come and gone.  They might as well scrap the project for real and move on to a project that is more relevant to 2013.  There is a lot about this project that feels a little dated.  

blackace
blackace

By the time The Last Guardian gets released, Sony will have discontinued the PS3.

pa_amb_tomaquet
pa_amb_tomaquet

fuck Knack! we want the game we have been waiting years to play!

NaturallyEvil
NaturallyEvil

@DaRq_MiNoS  To me the most telling thing is that even though it's been in development for almost 8 years, nobody has ever touched a playable demo of it.  As far as I know, not even gaming journalists have ever SEEN gameplay in all this time!  

razor_rj
razor_rj

@kishen95 i'm pretty sure they are having major headaches with all the feathers creating displacing shadows and taxing the hardware.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@kishen95 Probably because they can get those games out faster. That's just my guess, but it is pretty puzzling.

kyacat
kyacat

Way thing are going with the last guardian there a good chance it won't even make to ps3 system

d3nR
d3nR

@Onioki If it's only now being worked on then it will be a ps4 release

dkade
dkade

@ghostXzero I don't understand how someone can be so devoid of intelligence. It's baffling.