Have no fear! The Last Guardian is still in production but “under completely new circumstances.” Those new circumstances could indicate its transition to current-gen hardware.
Game creator Fumito Ueda spoke to Dengeki Playstation about The Last Guardian’s arduous development process. The Last Guardian was initially announced in 2009 for the PlayStation 3. In 2011 The game was then shown behind closed doors, that same year Ueda left Sony. Every year since then, there is reassurance that the game is still alive but everyone, including Ueda, is surprised by how long it is taking. Claiming there were many hardships and that the unforeseen amount of time required was greater than he originally thought.
When asked about the state of the game currently, Ueda encouraged that,
“Talks with Sony Computer Entertainment on The Last Guardian have been ironed out, and were making progress under completely new conditions.”
Ueda did not elaborate on what the new conditions are, but it would be a safe bet that he means its pending release on PlayStation 4. No date has been set on when we can expect this long-anticipated title.
It’s like I’ve been waiting for this game ever since Shadow of the Colossus. I loved that game, and had similar feelings for Ico but I think the only thing The Last Guardian can do now is disappoint. Every year that it stays in development, it creates more mystery and anticipation. I’m still excited but I’m not expecting a masterpiece. This game’s backstory would make a fascinating documentary in the style of Jodorowsky’s Dune. It’s all but locked as a PlayStation 4 game.
Nathan Reid is an Associate Writer at MONG who wants to ride a giant flying Chicken-Dog to work today.