During E3 2015 we learned of genDESIGN, the studio that includes Fumito Ueda and quite a few Team ICO developers and that has been hard at work on making The Last Guardian a reality.
A new studio website gives us a further look on the game, thanks to a large batch of concept artwork. Hidden in the code we also see an image of the skeleton of a Trico in various lighting conditions, plus cel shaded and wire frame versions. You can see them all at the bottom of the post.
Interestingly, we also hear that the studio has been founded in 2014, and we get more details on what genDESIGN is doing exactly on The Last Guardian: Level Design Direction, Animation, Direction, Art Direction, Character Design, Concept Art, Narrative and Storyboarding and Research & Development.
Finally, the studio tweeted today that besides working hard on The Last Guardian, the studio is also hiring for a new project.
ジェン·デザインでは 『人喰いの大鷲トリコ』を鋭意開発中ですが、さらに新プロジェクトに向けて、開発スタッフを募集しています。 http://t.co/jo7NqyOJvP
— genDESIGN (@genDESIGN_Inc) June 22, 2015
While the site provides no hint on what that might be, there’s a “more” section after The Last Guardian, showing some concept art that could belong to the new game.
Squinting on the small picture reveals a designs for steampunk-ish looking mecha and a child. Squinting even more, the child seems to be holding onto the back of the robot, and appears to wear a sword on his own back.
That’s definitely something that could fit members of Team ICO to a T.