No, I am not crying! That’s just the seasonal allergies and all of the post-typhoon dust being thrown into my face.
It seems a bit weird to have a “Retrospective” trailer for The Last Guardian because, well, it’s not out yet. You can’t look happily on the past for something that doesn’t exist! And if you do, you see nothing but a disappointingly long development period and years of absence at conventions.
Fans know that The Last Guardian is part of something that is larger than itself. It is the closing chapter of a loosely-connected trilogy that dates all the way back to the early days of the PlayStation 2. When it comes to experiencing nostalgia for its predecessors, ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, that’s a happy retrospective I’m sure I’ll go back and enjoy more than once. Both games appear in the trailer, and *sniff sniff* the allergies are flaring up again.
President of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida also shared his thoughts on ICO in an open letter on PlayStation Blog.
Ico was the first videogame ever for me to care about an AI character, Yorda. There were no conversations that I could understand between the characters, just the behavior of Yorda in relation to what I did, or the situation presented, that made me feel like Yorda was a living person — thinking and feeling as an individual. This made playing through Ico a very special experience — like I lived through the adventure with her.
I believe, as a fan of Ueda-san’s games, that people feel like his work is special because you clearly feel the game was — from beginning to end — a singular vision, without any influence of popular genres or styles at the time.
You can see comments from a handful of other industry veterans on the post as well. They lavish the original games with nothing but praise.
The Last Guardian looks brilliant in this trailer, and it’s also less than two months away! A decade of waiting is finally about to come to a close! We’ll see how deeply invested I am in Final Fantasy XV, another game I’ve waited a decade for, and if I’m able to set it aside for a few hours.
The Last Guardian launches on Dec. 7 for the PlayStation 4.