Sony senior vice president Shuhei Yoshida has stated to 1UP that Team ICO is still dilligently at work on PlayStation exclusive The Last Guardian, albeit at a snail’s pace.
Yoshida attributes the slow development to challenges in executing the vision of former project director, Fumito Ueda.
“The project has been making progress, but slow progress,” said Yoshida. “So that’s tough, but we haven’t changed any focus. It’s still a really important project and a vision we want to see realised, and Fumito’s vision is really causing a very difficult challenge for the developers, so there’s some scrapping and rebuilding – iteration in the process.”
Ueda left Sony late last year, relinquishing his work as production leader for The Last Guardian. Sony assured fans that even though he had left the company, he was still working closely with the development team.
“You know, we discussed an arrangement so he could focus on the creative side. But his work and his presence on that team never changed, so it was just more a contractual rearrangement, and that was taken [by many] as ‘he left’, said Yoshida. “He comes in every day, and he’s probably one of the people who works the longest hours.”
There is still no projected release date for the game, but will hopeful fans see the game before the year is out?