The Last Guardian: What is Sony waiting for?
I remember back during E3 2009, when the trailer for this game first came out and getting super hyped. A new game made by the folks at Team Ico, the same people who created Shadow of the Colossus already served as a hook to get me in line to buy. Not only that, but the graphics and premise of a boy befriending and traveling with a giant creature looked like something that could be both fun and emotionally gripping, like most Team Ico games are. After keeping a constant eye out for more info on the game as it was released, you can imagine my immense disappointment when Fumito Ueda, the game’s director, announced that he was going to be leaving Sony Entertainment and Team Ico.
So does that mean the game is officially dead? Fortunately, that is not so. While Ueda is no longer associated with Sony, he did make a statement regarding The Last Guardian, that he will continue to work on the game.
Considering how long it has been since the game was first advertised, Sony must have big plans for this highly anticipated title. Many speculated that since the Playstation 4 was on the horizon, that The Last Guardian would be revealed as one of the first titles for the new console. However, ever since the new system was announced, there has been little to no elaboration on when The Last Guardian will be released or what system it will be for. Shuhei Yoshida, an executive of Sony’s game studio, has even apologized for the current lack of information, and went on to say that they give more information on the game when they can. After years of keeping this game out of the public eye, only for it to finally be confirmed it is still in development, why is Sony choosing to be so tight lipped? You would think that they would go for a Playstation 4 release in order to get people excited for both the new game and the new system. What could they possibly be waiting for?
If you ask me, the problem could lie in one or two areas. Possibility number 1, problems with development that arose before Ueda’s falling out with Sony, could still be unresolved and the company is holding back in order to make sure the game is ready. Possibility #2, this is pure speculation, the folks at Sony are still trying to decide whether or not to release the game for the Playstation 4 or not. While it would make sense from the companies’ point of view to release for a next-gen console, as a fan I would be extremely ticked off. I didn’t have a Playstation 3 at the time of The Last Guardian’s first announcement, and the fact that it was originally going to be for the Playstation 3 heavily influencing my decision to buy one. However, as cool as The Last Guardian looks, as much as I want to play it, I refuse to be strung along by Sony after waiting so long with zero to no info. Making this game a Playstation 4 title would only serve to irritate the fans who have been waiting patiently, or maybe even discourage them from buying the new system.
At this point, it is still to early to tell what Sony has in store for The Last Guardian. However, now that we know that the title is still alive and kicking, all eyes will be on Sony and how they intend to make this game well worth the wait.
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