Fumito Ueda and Team ICO have given the PlayStation faithful two exclusives that each claim a spot in the pantheon of “Holy crap, this is awesome!” gaming. However, it's been a long time since we've heard news on the company's third project.
The Last Guardian was first revealed at E3 2009, and despite numerous delays and conference no-shows in the time since, Sony is confident that it will, in fact, ship.
Speaking to GameSpot, PlayStation software product development head Scott Rohde discussed the company's stance on releasing new information about the game once known as Trico. “I will not give you a detailed update,” Rohde said when prompted. “That title is going to ship when it's absolutely ready.”
Not exactly encouraging words, but Rohde claims that Sony is treating The Last Guardian with the utmost care and respect. For Sony and Studio Japan, it comes down to making sure the final product reaches its highest potential. According to Rohde, it's all about the fans: “Gamers are first, and the experiences we provide are first. And that's why we're gonna talk about that game when we're ready to talk about it.”
Shadow of the Colossus, as beloved as it is, struggled to exude its majestic glory on PS2 hardware. Therefore, I hope development on The Last Guardian has shifted to prep the game for PlayStation's next generation. I can't think of any better way to give such a long-awaited game its due.