The Last Guardian has had a troubling development cycle, to say the least. The game’s director and lead designer Fumito Ueda quit Sony back in December of 2011, although he’s continued working on The Last Guardian in a freelance capacity ever since.
While nothing has changed on that front, at least Ueda has spoken up to calm a dedicated fanbase chomping at the bit to play Team Ico’s next title. Ueda’s statement is as follows:
“To All Interested Parties
As some of you may have heard, I left Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Studio some time ago to pursue my creative passions. Nevertheless, I continue working on The Last Guardian as a freelance contributor.
While it’s been a long time coming, The Last Guardian remains under my creative supervision and is still in development by an incredibly talented team.
I should also mention that details regarding The Last Guardian's release is solely decided by Sony Computer Entertainment, not myself. Please keep an eye out for their official announcement.
Moving forward, it is my intent to continue my involvement with The Last Guardian project, as well as pursue new creative projects with a fresh perspective. As I rekindle my passions as a creator, I look forward to seeing where it will take me, and I deeply appreciate your support during this transition.”
We now wait on pins and needles for word from Sony about the status of The Last Guardian. Ever since the game was announced, we’ve been dying to play it. It’s safe to say both Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are masterpieces, so expectations for The Last Guardian are understandably high. We just really don’t want to see The Last Guardian become the next Duke Nukem Forever – vaporware that’s finally released and stands no chance of satisfying the legions of fans who have followed its development since the start.
That’s almost a fate worse than death.