The Last Guardian being 're-engineered'

By Steve Watts, Oct 03, 2013 9:15am PDT

The Last Guardian was primed to be a swan song for PS3, but it's gone quiet so long that PlayStation 4 will beat it to market. Might that mean it will end up on Sony's next-gen platform instead? A few cagey responses from Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida certainly seems suspicious.

"Ahh... that, I cannot talk about," Yoshida told GamesIndustry.biz, when asked point-blank about its console destination. "We're waiting for the right time to re-introduce The Last Guardian in an appropriate way. I can't... Well, the game is in development, and it's well staffed, and Ueda-san is here, working--even though he's not a Sony employee, he's dedicated to the product. But we're not ready to update yet."

Yoshida also reiterated previous comments that the game was not on hiatus, this time asserting that development never stopped at all, even temporarily.

"Hiatus, I never... It was Jack Tretton! He used that term, and I said no, hiatus is misleading. It was a hiatus in terms of releasing new information," he said. "The game has never stopped--the team has always been here. They're going through the re-engineering of the game, so the team size is smaller, because it's more engineering focused right now."

The team being shifted to an engineering focus could imply the work being done now is under the hood, which lends itself nicely for PS4 theorists. None of this is formally announced, naturally, but Yoshida doesn't seem to have the best poker-face.

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