The Last Guardian, presumably now fully in development limbo and not likely to see a release any time soon (or at least, this generation) hasn’t had much luck since it was first leaked. The Team Ico project (which we’re assured is still alive) has seen numerous delays and missteps, and nobody’s seen in it motion for some time.
That includes Sony’s Santa Monica Studios, who have distanced themselves from the game and confirmed they’re not involved with the production.
“I’m never really sure how that got in the press, because as far as I’m aware we’re not helping out with The Last Guardian,” said the studio’s Tim Moss. “The only way you can say that is the knowledge that we contribute back to the central tech groups benefits The Last Guardian. So I’m guessing someone was slightly misquoted.”
That said, it does look like there’s been a little bit of contact recently, even if it’s somewhat high level and not likely to be anything too specific.
“The different Sony first-party teams do not necessarily actively work together, but we do communicate with each other,” confirmed Moss’s fellow director of technology Christer Ericson. “We tend to visit each other several times a year, and doing so we may exchange ideas. They’ve been here, and we’ve been there.”
“We do ask each other how are you doing that, and just sometimes go over to provide feedback.”
There was some hope and speculation that the game would appear at Sony’s PS4 reveal, which it obviously didn’t. The studio haven’t made a game since Shadow of the Colossus on the PlayStation 2, so everyone’s hoping that The Last Guardian really is something special.