Almost 10 years in the making, I probably wouldn’t even believe it was actually coming out next week if I wasn’t seeing The Last Guardian press kit photos all over social media today. It’s really happening, you guys. And according to a note from director Fumito Ueda packed in with the game, it’s an “experience unlike any other”. Get hyped.
The note also talks about the game’s, uh, somewhat tumultuous development. First started as “Project Trico” in 2007, The Last Guardian was officially revealed for PS3 at E3 two years later, with a launch expected in 2011. But Ueda’s departure from Sony that year with a number of other Team Ico employees, also including executive producer Yoshifusa Hayama, pushed the release back indefinitely. Some of the team subsequently reassembled as genDESIGN, and signed up to assist Sony’s Japan Studio with the project under Ueda’s supervision, before re-revealing it at E3 last year, but now as a PS4 game coming out on 25 October 2016. Perhaps inevitably, it was then delayed again, with a new release date on 9 December.
But the note is a bit more euphemistic.
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.
In the meantime, if you just can’t wait, you can watch the first nine minutes of the game. The subtitles are in Japanese so it’s not proper spoilers.