Gather round, kids, and I’ll tell you the story of a game called The Last Guardian. It’s a game being made by a developer called Team ICO. Team ICO, you see, made two very, very, very good games for the PlayStation 2: ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. The latter I would argue is the greatest video game ever made. Ever. Made.
Anyway, shortly after the PlayStation 3 released, Team ICO unveiled a new game called The Last Guardian. It looked incredible! It had themes and mechanics that seemed to mix the best of ICO with the best of Shadow of the Colossus. In short, this was to be a console seller for Sony. And then the game disappeared. For, like, years. In fact, Team ICO and their doomed new video game ended up missing an entire console generation.
That made many people sad. Those people are now so sad, that their sadness has become part of them; a monkey on their back constantly reminding them that they’re living in a world without a game called The Last Guardian. But good news!
The game is apparently still being worked on. Yes, this is one of those obligatory, carrot-dangling updates from Sony to remind all of us sad, monkey-clad mopers that the game is still coming. Eventually. Maybe. If you BELIEVE. I’ve BELIEVED for about five years now, but after such a long time, my monkey has become KingKong, and he’s getting heavy.
Speaking to Japanese publication Famitsu, Sony boss man Shuhei Yoshida said, when asked how development was going on The Last Guardian, “Development couldn’t be better.” Famitsu was speaking to Yoshida during the aftermath of the Tokyo Game Show – yet another gaming expo that came and went without a peep from Team ICO and The Last Guardian.
His rather positive statement was followed up with: “That might be a bit of an exaggeration [laughs]. We continue to work diligently on the game, so please look forward to it.”
You hear that, monkey-bearers? Please look forward to it. Please. Don’t give up hope. At this point I’m beginning to believe that The Last Guardian is like a fairy: every time somebody says they don’t believe in it, a little more of the project dies.