The Last Guardian Making "Great Progress," But We Probably Won't See It at TGS

Sony says we're unlikely to see the game at Tokyo Game Show, though the company teases that it does have a specific time frame in mind to re-reveal the game.

Sony's long-in-development PlayStation 3 adventure game The Last Guardian was nowhere to be seen at E3 and we didn't see it this week at Gamescom, either. Just because Sony isn't showing the game publicly, and doesn't plan to soon, doesn't mean it's been canceled, the company said this week.

Asked by Eurogamer if Sony would re-reveal The Last Guardian at Tokyo Game Show next month, worldwide studios president Shuhei Yoshida said, "I don't think so. Sorry." Pressed for an answer regarding when Sony will finally show the game off again, Yoshida initially offered up the response we have heard time and again, before teasing something new.

"When we are ready," he said. "I cannot confirm any timing because we are waiting for it to be in a state where we are happy that this is the game. We have a certain time frame in our mind (emphasis added), and the team is making great progress, but still not to the point that we can say that, 'here you go.'"

The Last Guardian was initially announced all the way back in 2009, during that year's E3, meaning it's now been in development for at least five years. Yoshida went on to explain that unspecified "technical issues on PS3" are partially to blame for the extended development time. He also admitted that the game's tentative 2011 release window "was a mistake."

Now, The Last Guardian has been "totally re-engineered," Yoshida said. "[Developer Team Ico is] still working on it. I've been seeing the progress." Yoshida's comments would seem to suggest that The Last Guardian has shifted to the PlayStation 4, but that remains to be seen.

The Last Guardian tells a boy-and-his-dog tale, where the dog is a giant and feathered, yet seemingly amiable, beast. Team Ico has not been forthcoming with specific plot details, but gameplay will involve the boy manipulating his companion to navigate a variety of environmental puzzles.

Are you still looking forward to The Last Guardian and whatever it turns out to be? Let us know in the comments below!

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Arsonaire
Arsonaire

Cut to 2019: "The game is making incredible progress but won't be revealed this E3".

lilflipp
lilflipp

It's clearly going to come out at the same time as Half Life 3.

Viral-venom13
Viral-venom13

I swear, the development duration of this game looks like it's out to break Dr. Dre's record of releasing his long awaited Detox album or something!!

waraga
waraga

next gen x bone killer

pip3dream
pip3dream

Does anyone even care about this game anymore...?  I'm kinda over it...  Just seeing the pictures just reminded me of last gen.  Ico and Shadow of the Collussus were very attractive to look at, but i didn't really enjoy playing them very much... I'm kind of bored of this cute minimal abstract style I think.  I realize this is just my opinion of course. :)  Anyone else feel similarly fatigued of waiting for this game? 

colbster
colbster

I could barely make it through the article let alone wait for the ga... zzzzz.

KoRniTo
KoRniTo

If it comes out to the PS4, I'll gladly play it.

KiriharaZro
KiriharaZro

nobody cares about this sh*t anymore, and if someone cares is because they like sh*t

vadagar1
vadagar1

any game that takes more than 4 years to make is SH!T 


diablo 3 = SH!T

duke forever =SH!T

insert random game that took 5-6-7 years to make =SHIT


games are like any other product... you spend too much time making it it will be outdated and useless SH!T by the time u finish 


imagine if I spend 5 years developing a new VGA card.... after 5 years are past my card would be the equivalent of a tu-rd on the side of the road

imajinn
imajinn

I don't really care who says what. When this game finally does see the light of day, it will be an epic game like all the past games from them. I just hope I am around to see the release, lol.

glitchthesytem
glitchthesytem

these game was looking good but know i dnt care about this gme just bring yakuza 5 to western relase

Raphy_Turtle
Raphy_Turtle

I never understood the excitement over this game? They could scrap it entirely and I wouldn't even glance more than a second at the headline stating ''Last Guardians Cancelled for Good''. It's a big frikin mutant bird dog and some Japanese kid who gets to ride him? Unless I'm missing something...

Aladrael
Aladrael

If they really take it away from ps3 and bring it to the ps4 as exclusive, there will be a huuuge rage among the faithful players who've been waiting all those time. Man,i cant wait to see that happen. Yoshida's shitty strategies ruining the company day by day,infamously. So its about time that an outrage to break against him.

justerthought
justerthought

I hope the delay with The Last Guardian is to get rid of the hideous bird dog freak. It's so irritating I could never play that game with that in place. It's too sentimental, contrived and really ugly. They have tried to please everyone with a contrived amalgamation. They thought, everyone likes impressive giants, everyone likes elegant birds, and everyone like cuddly dogs, so lets make a giant bird dog.

Unfortunately the three don't add to each other, they subtract from each other because it's too obvious that it's a man made freak. The elegance of the bird is negated and turned into a farcical turkey. I keep getting visions of the film Day Of The Triffids when that guy's transformation turns out wrong, so his dog ends up with his face and he has the dogs face …lol That reminds me, when is some one going to make Day Of The Triffids into a next gen game in the style of The Last Of Us. That would be superb.

The Last Guardian should go with a huge majestic bird creature that resembles a dinosaur and drop the sappy dog face. Everything else about the game looks fine. I loved the two previous games and the world they inhabit.

arcSE7EN
arcSE7EN

I have over 200 PS3 games and these games below are the ones I need to complete before moving over to the greatest current-gen console that is the PS4.


Beyond, Lightning Returns, Dark Souls 2, Castlevania 2, Bioshock Infinite, GTA V, Batman Origins, Ni no Kuni, Devils Cartel, Enemy Within, FF X-X-2 HD, DMC, Lost Planet 3 and Ninja Gaiden 3. That's it!


These are the games I need to finish before I purchase a PS4 and hopefully by then The Last Guardian will be release. I can't wait for it. I will be off playing Phantom Pain, Ground Zero, Shadow Fall, Second Son, Tomb Raider, Battlefield 4, AC5, FF15 and all of the PlayStation exclusives on the PS4. Thank you Sony for making me alive. Game On!


Playstation4Life woohoo!

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

They pretty much put themselves in an impossible situation.  They released an ambitious trailer far too early with no follow up.  Now the game has to be amazing if not it probably won't draw much interest since the hype has died down and people becoming fed up with it.

Flyin3lvl
Flyin3lvl

im gonna guess was for ps3 but in fairness unless this is the last ps3 swan song why make it for a console thats gonna be "phased out" if you get me drift


im gonna throw it out there- the extra time has been used to enhance and update what they have so far to ps4 specs.... 


seems wasted and a pointless endever at this end of the console cycle, how many will be annoyed i waited but sold the ps3 to get a new console


or its cross platt...

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Looking forward to buy this day-one for me to play with my grandchildren... Seriously, just tell us something, what is it so complicated about the game that it needs almost 10 years of development...

oflow
oflow

Just load it into your kanger clearomizer and its good to go!

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Just put it out of its misery. 

SCE Tokyo Studio are easily among the best developers there are but no matter what they're doing with it right now, it isn't going to be good if it takes so much time.

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

Yes, go ahead, just keep pushing the finger into the wound.

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

The game will be released, but will anyone care?

ahpuck
ahpuck

It's never going to happen. No company wastes so much time and money on a single product, then again SONY are not known for making wise business decisions.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

Just let the game die. Toss it in the trash. Release a statement saying it didn't live up to your expectations and move the developers onto a new project. There is no way that the game that is going to stand a chance of being profitable after all the money and time and hours wasted. Scrap the thing and move on.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Think about this - Team Ico didn't put out a single game the ENTIRE last console generation.


No, a port of Ico/SotC does not count.

ejectorman
ejectorman

I think its insane how SONY and the games developers have taken their once loyal fanbase for granted. Sure, it takes time to develop but there is a real sense that all parties concerned have been dragging their heels. Nobody can blame the fans for being outraged at the fact this has been "in production" for 5 years now. When you consider how Ico did'nt start shifting copies until a long time after its release, Team Ico would'nt be around today only for the success they drew from Shadow of the Collossus which was released in 2006, and furthermore the subsequent HD conversions. Why have'nt they produced anything new in 8 years?? It smacked of bs from the start and as much as I am a fan of Playstation and Team Ico, I've got to agree with the vast majority of posts on this page. 


Too long of a wait + Too much bs = Fans losing the interest to really give a shit anymore...


You've made your bed...Probably best to put The Last Guardian to sleep...

jtb_pred
jtb_pred

@waraga

hahahaha! you actually care about this game?! 

it's got last gen visuals looks boring and according to allot of people in this chat is just plain shit now.

yeah fanboy comment to say the least.

cmetz90
cmetz90

@Raphy_Turtle Everyone who is excited over this game has probably played other games by Team Ico. The games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus were strong enough games to earn the respect of the gamers who bought them and garner them a cult following. If you haven't played those games you're probably thinking "What no other characters? Just puzzles with a giant animal?" However if you're already a Team Ico fan you're probably thinking "Finish this game so you can take my money already!"

bruh_im_geeked
bruh_im_geeked

When you say playing tomb raider I assume you mean definitive addition.

limboshade
limboshade

@arcSE7EN Please, do yourself a favor and scratch Lightning Returns, Devil's Cartel, Lost Planet 3 and Ninja Gaiden 3 of your list. Those are all very mediocre to downright bad games.

justerthought
justerthought

@arcSE7EN 

No stop, don't play GTAV on PS3. It's awesome but it will be a huge spoiler for when you play the awesome remaster on PS4. I was actually going to wait for the PS4 version because I knew it was coming, but decided to buy the PS3 port because Rockstar did such a good port. I stopped playing it halfway through as soon as the PS4 version was announced so I could play it fresh in high quality on PS4.

The same probably applies to Beyond. I heard that was getting a PS4 remaster too. I assume you mean the awesome AC4 on PS4 because AC5 is actually AC Unity and has not been released yet.

hystavito
hystavito

@bunchanumbers Well we don't really know how many stops and starts there might have been, periods when no money was being spent.  I'm sure they are thinking about profit as they move forward :).


Even if it doesn't make a profit or not much, there are still people that would love to see the game get released, right?  So for them I say, soldier on.

cmetz90
cmetz90

@Thanatos2k Think about this - The original Ico began development in 1997 for the original Playstation. However, even after trimming and cutting they ran into hardware limitations so they restructured it and released it after four years of development on the PS2.


Now there's no denying this game has been in production for a long time, (about the five year mark at this point presumably with more to go yet) but it seems like the same thing happened. They released an ambition trailer, then after working on this game for however long they were faced with a choice. Either release a compromised version of the game or completely restructure it (probably for the next generation) and release what they originally intended.


My only disappointment with this turn of events is that I don't think I'm ever going to be joining this current game generation because shit's expensive. And if this doesn't come out on the PS3 there's a good chance I'll never play it, despite loving Ico and Shadow of the Colossus being one of my favorite games of all time.

arcSE7EN
arcSE7EN

@limboshade @arcSE7EN 

I know. But I have to tie loose ends before moving forward. I have been a huge, huge fan of Final Fantasy(loved FF8), liked Lost Planet 1 and adored Ninja Gaiden but somehow these games managed to take a nosedive into the abyss but still I have to play these games. I will have to agonize for a bit and then move on. You know what I mean. That's why we are gamers. We endure for the love of the game... and sell or trade them on ebay/gamestop.bwahahaha!

arcSE7EN
arcSE7EN

@justerthought 

GTAV and Beyond, both of these games I already have. Damn.


Come on Sony why don't you remaster the Dragoons game already or make a new Dragoons game or Radiata Stories 2: The Fall of the Cross Bone Kingdom for that matter.LOL(I know it's SquareSofts') Some of your diehard fans still loves some good old JRPGs like me.

limboshade
limboshade

@arcSE7EN @limboshade Actually, I have no problem whatsoever in not buying bad games from franchises I once loved. I used to be a big Resident Evil fan for instance, but you won't find me playing all the shitty games Capcom released over the years just because they bear the name Resident Evil.