Team ICO’s first game on the PlayStation 3 is certainly taking its sweet time. It was announced three years ago and since then, aside from a handful of screenshots and a few trailers, not much more has been revealed. Recently, Team ICO lead designer Fumito Ueda left full-time employment with Sony, opting to finish up work on The Last Guardian on a freelancing basis.
As gaming expos like the Tokyo Game Show and E3 come and go each year without a whiff of The Last Guardian, it’s starting to get a little depressing. In a recent interview with Wired, Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida reported that progress on the game remains slow but steady. It’s also been revealed that Sony development teams from the US and the UK have started helping Team ICO with The Last Guardian. Amongst those teams is Sony Santa Monica, the development team behind God of War.
With multiple Sony development teams from around the world all lending a hand, it’s hoped that The Last Guardian will progress faster. Yoshida has admitted that the vision for the game and the coupled technicalities are what’s slowing things down. At present, the game is apparently playable, but not to a level that Team ICO wants it to be.
“There’s a vision that we want to realise but it’s very, very tough and technical issue that the team is tackling and some plans have to be made to evaluate and go through the process. At one point the progress was great, so we talked about the timing of the launch in the past. But now it’s making progress, but still not to the level – it’s playable, but not to the point that we can talk about the timing of launch.”
In the meantime, I guess we’ll just have to play the HD versions of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus instead.