Update: The demise of The Last Guardian due to failure to renew the trademark has been completely undone. After a short petition to get the trademark back to active status, Sony and the United States Patent and Trademark Office came together to give life to this IP once more. I say once more because this is the second time this failure to renew has occured. Hopefully it won’t happen again.
Original Story: It seems that since 2009, when The Last Guardian was initially announced, the project has consistently been on the highly anticipated titles lists of many gamers. Unfortunately, The Last Guardian has also seen many trials and tribulations, which might explain its current development time of five years. All of that said, Sony has cleared the air about The Last Guardian’s recently rumored demise.
Sony spoke with GameSpot about the loss of their trademark for The Last Guardian in the US and revealed that they had not given up, but simply had an administrative error on their end which led to no one renewing the trademark. The notice was sent in July of last year.
The odd thing is that no matter how much Sony claims that The Last Guardian is still being worked on, there has been no news about the title on Western shores. Thus the trademark was canceled by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The game’s director, Fumito Ueda, claimed that his creative contributions have long since been wrapped up. This begs the question of “what’s the hold up?” The only indication as to why this game isn’t in our consoles yet was given by Ueda in December of last year. He said that the development was moving forward under “completely new conditions.” Though this might pertain to The Last Guardian becoming a PlayStation 4 title, there’s no telling.
Well, there goes one of my predictions. I thought that The Last Guardian would finally be revealed as a dead project and everyone could stop talking about it. At this point I kind of feel like Sony needs to let that giant bird thing take the “long sleep” and fade quietly into obscurity. Then again, I’m not remotely excited about the title. They either need to let it die or release it before it’s left in development for too long. By the looks of how this development process is going, the game will become something like a Duke Nukem Forever and no one will be happy.