The Last Guardian is slowly but surely making its way into the hands of review outlets, and it looks like the European side of the industry received theirs yesterday. The folks at Eurogamer took some shots of the kit included with the game, and one of those shots features a letter from Director Fumito Ueda.

The development of The Last Guardian has been tumultuous at best. Team ICO started working on it in 2007. It was announced for the PS3 in 2009. Then it was hit with silence and delays. It was announced for the PS4 in 2015. Here we are today, and it’s coming out next week.

Here’s the shot of the letter, though we have the written text below if it’s too hard to read on whatever device you’re using.


Dear Adventurers

It’s been a long time coming, but I take great pleasure (and relief!) in knowing that The Last Guardian is in your hands.

When we first began work on The Last Guardian, I intended it to take from and build on our experience working in ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, making it something akin to a greatest hits album. Unfortunately, as you know, we ran into a few twists and turns along the way, and the title took longer than anyone expected. Still, just as ICO and Shadow of the Colossus are truly unique games, so too is The Last Guardian an experience unlike any other.

As you play, take the time to stop and enjoy the scenery as you follow these unlikely companions on their journey. And you definitely won’t want to miss the ending!

The development team and I hope you all have a wonderful time with The Last Guardian. Nothing would make us happier.

Fumito Ueda

We’ve waited a long time for The Last Guardian, but imagine working on it…

I can’t even pretend to know how Ueda and his team feel about this game right now. They’ve been working on it for almost a decade. Ueda left his studio, and he’s been finishing this thing as a contractor.

That’s nearly 10 years working on the same game over multiple platforms. That’s 10 years of gamers joking about its absence and some crying out in frustration. Sounds terrible to me.

Here’s hoping it’s a great game that’s been well worth the wait. I was able to say that about Owlboy, and Final Fantasy XV is shaping up, too. Good luck, Ueda and Team ICO.