The Last Guardian stationed for holiday 2011

Team Ico's latest Sony-exclusive action adventure heads to the PS3 late next year; new trailer inside.

Team Ico's The Last Guardian picked up more than just a swanky new trailer at this year's Tokyo Game Show. Having previously indicated that the title would make an appearance at this year's Japan event, Sony has announced that The Last Guardian will be available for the PlayStation 3 during the holiday 2011 release window.

The Last Guardian remains quite a ways away.

The Last Guardian has been a long time coming, as it was first hinted at in late 2005. It was initially expected at the 2008 Tokyo Game Show, and a rough version of the reveal trailer surfaced in May 2009. However, besides a few screenshots, details on The Last Guardian's gameplay mechanics and story have largely remained shrouded in mystery.

The new trailer for The Last Guardian (below) goes some way in alleviating this dearth of information. In it, a Neverending Story-like camaraderie is exhibited between a young boy and his giant, feathered canine-esque companion. The trailer also shows the boy navigating a variety of familiar environmental puzzles, such as navigating precarious rafters, pushing a large wooden structure to a desired area, and climbing a giant chain.

The Last Guardian is the latest from Team Ico, which built its reputation on PlayStation 2 exclusives Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Also at TGS 2010, Team Ico director Fumito Ueda confirmed that those two titles will be rereleased in a single package for the PS3. The collection will see both Ico and Shadow of the Colossus receiving an HD makeover, as well as full 3D support. Notably, Ico will feature the European ending rather than the US ending.

The Team Ico Collection is expected to arrive in spring 2011.

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78 comments
AoiKita
AoiKita

I have faith, that this will be worth the wait. Guys, if you really want to see something wonderful, let them work on it and perfect it! I was hoping to pick it up this year as well, but, if they need another year to finish it in a satisfying manner, I am willing. I hope you steal the show and win awards, Team ICo :)...I believe in you!

neuroboy
neuroboy

What does 'holiday 2011' mean? Easter? The Summer holidays? Xmas? If it's the latter then I'm fuming. It's about the only game I'm really looking forward to and I've been putting off buying a PS3 until it was released and they had initially said release would be November this year! Blinkin' flip! I bought a PS2 just to play SotC and Ico. I guess I'm going to wait another year. But what if I died before then? Have they no consideration for the fragility of life?

RagLully
RagLully

Finally! \o/ A new trailer AND S.o.t.C. and ICO being rerelased for PS3. Niiice

GodOfSyn
GodOfSyn

I have been waiting so long with little tiny updates like this, I have a feeling this is a very tiny studio. Oh well, will be a fantastic game regardless.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

What's the hold up? This game is taking forever! This company has two programmers or what?Don't talk to me about this game anymore!

6h05tly
6h05tly

It would be nice to have a griffin (or whatever that thing is) for a pet :P

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

What with the negativity? Does every game have to be grim and dark to be good? I'm kind of liking the lighter tone of this game.

RickyRevolver
RickyRevolver

hmmm............ I thought this game was about that movie with the owl.... guess i was dead wrong...thank god?

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Gross, cute and dope, all at the same time. I'm in.

TC_Squared
TC_Squared

With how many "incomplete" games have been released this generation, I'm pleased whenever I hear about a game delay. It means they are going to actually finish it before releasing it.

tenaus
tenaus

@DrAmazinDood more than just one game.

tenaus
tenaus

@ CannedWorms cool name, and I totally agree.

freema
freema

@ CannedWorms YES, it does. But mostly it means I have a better taste in games than he.

cyanidebakesale
cyanidebakesale

Let's just hope they don't pull an alan wake after 5 years in development release several dlc missions right after launch

AngelCage-2
AngelCage-2

2011? Awwwwwwnnnn, well i geuss that waiting is the price for awesomeness... I'll wait

CannedWorms
CannedWorms

@freema Wow, so what if he plays FPS games, does that make you better than him? Elitist.

freema
freema

@ monson21502 I can't believe you even mentioned Halo and this game in the same sentence. On the other hand glad to hear that mindless FPSers are still entertaining for you.

lindallison
lindallison

I hope the kid ends up fighting this monster at the end, sort of a secret of mana thing where your cute pal turns out to be the beast you were supposed to destroy all along...

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

holiday 2011, eh? I can wait. Or should I say... can't? hehe

dannytwist
dannytwist

this is amazing news! Shadow of the Colossus is one of the best games ever made

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

@monson21502 please don't soil this games beauty with that thing u mentioned.

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Can't wait for this! And holiday next year also means that I'll be free from worry about military engagement, but instead university. :(

TheBlob2k4
TheBlob2k4

Team Ico will strike hard next year. TLG will be a huge success, while their HD-3D classics remake will show the world how games should be done. PS3 hardware sales will skyrocket in 2011. Mark my words.

monson21502
monson21502

ill be playing halo reach untill this game ships

lokesc
lokesc

when ico was out the lighting, shadow , trees, water & its environment was breathtaking. i never thought that the ps2 was capable of delivering such great graphics. Up until I played Shadow of the Colossus, it was the best game experience I've ever played on any platform. I can still remember vividly the flying monster, the giant turtle and the humongous ending Colossus. I bet Last Guardian will have even more over the top gameplay. A must have for ps3 owners - killer app no.3 is on my list!!

gbrading
gbrading moderator

It's good to hear some news about The Last Guardian. :)

FightingGuyX4
FightingGuyX4

looks like ima be a few years older till i get to have a buddy system adventure >=(..erhhhhhhh

hyksiu
hyksiu

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NColdhardt
NColdhardt

Finally! A new action-adventure series introduced to the PS3.... That isn't rated E for everyone.

StevoT81
StevoT81

Looks sweet! Lookin forward to the team Ico cillection in HD as well!!

BloodMist
BloodMist

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chesed
chesed

*spoiler* At the end the boy pays a fine after new leash laws are instituted and does community service cleaning up the Colossal poop it left all over the land. Can't wait for this game. But I will.

KBFloYd
KBFloYd

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Kratos_Kills
Kratos_Kills

when Sony published games delayed, they become better. let them use their time to make better, polished games.

ShootingPwnage
ShootingPwnage

De javu all over again...except this isn't GT5, it's now The Last Guardian

Reiken37
Reiken37

This game just joined the list that Diablo III and Half Life Episode 3 Yep, you guessed it, games that will never come out.

bigboss1203
bigboss1203

Another year?? Ugh, well knowing Team ICO I know they will make it worth the wait!

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

I'm a 360 fan and I'd rather watch this so bite me...I can't wait for this and the Team ICO HD Collection I got both on my PS2 but as we all know HD trumps PS2.

Evo8u
Evo8u

Totally bummed that I have to wait a yr for this.

AGM3002
AGM3002

So it's Zelda: SS vs The Last Guardian for the 2011 goty.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Got a whole year to wait, lets hope good info just keeps coming in

PenguinIzzy
PenguinIzzy

LOL @ Sony giving a studio nearly SIX YEARS to produce a game. At least Sony can't be faulted for putting a lot of trust and more importantly money into a studio that produced ambitiously creative games that have hit a cult following but not enjoyed widespread financial success.