The Last Guardian is still missing. This title was announced eons ago for the PlayStation 3. The game is being worked on by Fumito Ueda and Team ICO, the same set of minds behind the stunning Shadow of the Colossus.
Too bad it’s turned into a convention and Internet no-show. GamesIndustry had some time during the recent Tokyo Game Show to sit down with Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida. The interview hits all sorts of points, but they were sure to talk about The Last Guardian. Specifically, they asked which platform the title will sell for. Yoshida’s response is interesting.
Here’s the full exchange concerning that point between Yoshida and the fine folks at GamesIndustry.
Q: I’ll wrap up with an inevitable question which you’re probably not going to answer. The Last Guardian – where is it? It’s in this building [Sony Studios Japan] somewhere, presumably?
Shuhei Yoshida: Yeah, in this building!
Q: What console is it coming out on?
Shuhei Yoshida: Ahh… That, I cannot talk about.
Q: It doesn’t seem to make any sense for it to a PS3 title so late in the lifespan. I know they have PS4 kits in their office, because I heard them talking about them…
Shuhei Yoshida: So, we’re waiting for the right time to re-introduce The Last Guardian in an appropriate way. I can’t… Well, the game is in development, and it’s well staffed, and Ueda-san is here, working – even though he’s not a Sony employee, he’s dedicated to the product. But we’re not ready to update yet.
Q: The hiatus that was talked about at one time, that’s over now? It’s back in full production?
Shuhei Yoshida: Hiatus, I never… It was Jack Tretton! He used that term, and I said no, hiatus is misleading. It was a hiatus in terms of releasing new information. The game has never stopped – the team has always been here. They’re going through the re-engineering of the game, so the team size is smaller, because it’s more engineering focused right now.
The key points? Yoshida said that it still exists, it’s still being worked on and they’re waiting for the “right time to re-introduce” it. He goes on to use the term “re-engineering,” which, when coupled with the question about which platform The Last Guardian will sell for, points towards this title jumping from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4.
We get it. The world isn’t ready for The Last Guardian. Just, please Sony, hurry up and make this a real thing. Until I see fresh trailers and a release date, I consider The Last Guardian nothing but vaporware. That sucks.