Last Guardian director says to 'keep an eye out' for release details

The Last Guardian creative director Fumito Ueda wrote a note on his personal website stressing that the game is still in active development, and urging fans to "keep an eye out" for an official announcement from Sony.

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Word on The Last Guardian has been awfully quiet lately, as the latest we've heard has been about technical difficulties way back in June. We may be close to more information, though, as the game's creative director has told eager fans to "keep an eye out" for official release details.

In a note on his website (via Polygon) creative director Fumito Ueda stressed that the decision of when and how to share more info isn't his to make.

"While it's been a long time coming, The Last Guardian remains under my creative supervision and is still in development by an incredibly talented team," he said. "I should also mention that details regarding The Last Guardian's release is [sic] solely decided by Sony Computer Entertainment, not myself. Please keep an eye out for their official announcement."

That's far from a promise, but it implies that Sony has some sort of announcement plan. One possible venue for an announcement is next week's PlayStation Future event, where the company is expected to debut its next console. If not there, we may be waiting until E3 to see the long-awaited game get its due.

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    February 13, 2013 9:00 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Last Guardian director says to 'keep an eye out' for release details.

    The Last Guardian creative director Fumito Ueda wrote a note on his personal website stressing that the game is still in active development, and urging fans to "keep an eye out" for an official announcement from Sony.

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      February 13, 2013 9:02 AM

      You think they'll launch on PS4?

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      February 13, 2013 9:04 AM

      PS4 launch title. Too convenient with the press conf. being only a week away and all of a sudden, this.

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        February 13, 2013 9:10 AM

        Definitely my thinking, too.

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        February 13, 2013 9:13 AM

        Well fuck. And I just bought a PS3 too. I guess it is a game I will never play.

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        February 13, 2013 9:21 AM

        I suppose but that seems like a lot of money lost because ps4's install base will be really small. Unless this game is still years away

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          February 13, 2013 9:23 AM

          It's not like it's a Madden or CoD system seller in a large way though, you know?

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          February 13, 2013 9:25 AM

          What they lose in game sales, they'll make up through expanding the PS4 install base. The Last Guardian is one of the few games that will entice people to buy next-gen hardware.

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          February 13, 2013 9:54 AM

          It was never going to be a huge sales driver, it was always a vanity project for sony that exhibited what they're designers were capable of.

          May as well push that to the PS4 where its useful.

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            February 13, 2013 10:00 AM

            IIRC, the same thing happened with ICO. It was a PSX game at one point and then got moved to the PS2.

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            February 13, 2013 10:00 AM

            ICO and SotC are iconic, legendary games. Ueda's next gen effort is absolutely going to drive some sales.

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              February 13, 2013 10:47 AM

              Agreed, SotC shows up all the time in top ten PS2 lists (sometimes as number 1).

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                February 13, 2013 12:45 PM

                Critical acclaim means nothing. Psychonauts and Beyond Good & Evil would like to have a word with you.

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            February 13, 2013 10:10 PM

            Uh... I bought a PS3 largely because it was the end of the PS2 and because I still wanted to play Ico and SotC. This is in fact one of the few games which makes me even consider a PS4.

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              February 13, 2013 10:12 PM

              (I know Ico and SotC were PS2 games, but I wasn't going to buy a PS2 with the PS3 already out).

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        February 13, 2013 9:22 AM

        Fuck. I have a PS3 and I'm not buying a PS4.

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          February 13, 2013 12:19 PM

          How do you know you won't want a PS4 when it hasn't even been revealed yet? Seems a bit early to be deciding about the next gen.

          All we have right now is some leaked specs and FWIW, those favor the PS4.

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            February 13, 2013 1:17 PM

            Because I'm a PC gamer exclusively and I never use my PS3. I bought it for a blu-ray player. Now that I have it, I'll buy a game for it if it's interesting to me (Demon's Souls), but I won't buy a new console for a game.

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        February 13, 2013 9:26 AM

        Seems pretty perfect to me. One title from the trilogy on each platform.

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          February 13, 2013 9:45 AM

          I dont understand this statement as ico and shadow were on ps2.

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            February 13, 2013 9:58 AM

            Nope check again

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              February 13, 2013 9:59 AM

              (yes you're right, I was just thinking "well I played one on each platform..." forgetting that the SOTC remaster was just that.)

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                February 13, 2013 10:03 AM

                noob

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                February 13, 2013 10:57 AM

                ouch lol

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                February 13, 2013 11:02 AM

                I guess that says something about how good the graphics of SOTC was that it still looks like it could have launched on the PS3.

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                February 14, 2013 4:08 AM

                Best at shacknews worst at playstation

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            February 13, 2013 10:59 AM

            i thought he was insinuating ICO was originall a PS1 title or something. my head went all full of fuck there for a minute.

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        February 13, 2013 9:45 AM

        Makes perfect sense and explains why we were hearing a lot about this then mysteriously it dropped off the radar a year ago with little to nothing mentioned about it. Besides, given the scope of what they were trying with this game, I'd hate for a repeat of SoC. An amazing game but hampered by framerate issues due to pushing everything they could out of the PS2.

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          February 13, 2013 9:50 AM

          Their whole reason for the major delay was technical issues wasn't it? It went into ghost mode right when PS4 dev kits were being rumored to have been sent to first party Sony studios.

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            February 13, 2013 9:57 AM

            It was a mixture things, but technical issues had to be a play. The creative director wanted leave the project at one point but I think sony persuaded him to stay on board. Maybe persuaded him with some nice ps4 dev kits.

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            February 13, 2013 10:01 AM

            Yes, they said technical issues were the reason for delay. Although technical issues could mean anything from "this game is broken" to "we are running into limitations on the PS3 which is preventing us from executing our vision for the game."

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        February 13, 2013 10:33 AM

        Haha, or it will be like SotC. Release it and it barely runs on the current hardware.

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        February 13, 2013 10:34 AM

        This is probably the real reason development was so delayed. They were probably going for PS3 and Sony probably shoved PS4 dev kits in their hands and had them make it better. They went almost radio silent on this a while ago, and then this pops up a week before Sony's major announcement.

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        February 13, 2013 10:51 AM

        Yeah I suspect both this and Final Fantasy 13 Versus will be re-announced as PS4 launch titles.

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        February 13, 2013 1:38 PM

        lol

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        February 13, 2013 6:49 PM

        Confirmed, also free OLED 65" with every PS4 purchase and steambox built in.

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      February 13, 2013 9:06 AM

      2/20

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      February 13, 2013 9:22 AM

      If the PS4 is at $399 AND this game is a 2013 release, they've got an instant purchase from me.

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        February 13, 2013 12:01 PM

        Same. Wasn't even thinking of getting a PS4.

        This changes everything. If true of course

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      February 13, 2013 12:26 PM

      Awwww YEAH!

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      February 13, 2013 3:49 PM

      Really? PS4? Wouldn't it be a better send-off for the ps3 (with an upgraded PS4 edition coming later)?

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      February 13, 2013 10:13 PM

      I think the Feb. 20 event isn't about the PS4, it's about this game finally releasing. Wasn't it announced around the same time the *PS3* was announced?

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      February 14, 2013 9:01 AM

      F them in the A, seriously. TLG is one of the main reason I bought a PS3. :( (that and BluRay)