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Sony Santa Monica - "We're Not Helping Out With The Last Guardian"

Hopefully somebody is.

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.

  1. BrendanCalls
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
    Since: Forever

    How is Team Ico justifying the funding its getting, there are studios who’ve released 2/3 decent games this gen and not survived. Sony must really believe this will blow the roof off gaming or surely they’d have cut their losses by now.

    Comment posted on 16/03/2013 at 09:03.
    • Alex C
      One for all.
      Since: Forever

      Yeah. Odd.

      Comment posted on 16/03/2013 at 10:10.
    • KeRaSh
      Since: Nov 2009

      I was thinking the same thing. Look at 38 Studios. They’ve worked years on Copernikus (spelling?) and then released the small scale single player spin off Kingdoms of Amalur and still went through their cash reserves and loans until they had nothing left.
      Sony’s London studio was closed, yet these guys get to stay on board and they haven’t done anything to pull their own weight.

      Comment posted on 16/03/2013 at 11:28.
    • ron_mcphatty
      Since: Sep 2008

      Good points, it’s very odd. After watching the trailers again its also hard to guess what stage of development they could be at. Nearly finished or just a setting with beautifully animated character models, who knows?

      Comment posted on 16/03/2013 at 14:37.
    • bunimomike
      Since: Jul 2009

      Sony might have them marked down as a loss leader. Journey managed to pretty much bankrupt thatgamecompany so it seems that someone, somewhere, has to pay the price of such privileged gaming.

      Comment posted on 16/03/2013 at 15:22.
  2. TSBonyman
    Since: Dec 2009

    I get all warm and fuzzy watching the early trailers, as incredibly fantastic as the notion of a cat/bird/dog is, they’ve made it so wonderfully believable and endearing. I’m still hoping TLG will turn out to be something of a swan song for PS3.

    Comment posted on 16/03/2013 at 11:38.
  3. FoxHoundGabe
    Since: Mar 2010

    Id say The Last Guardian in now for PS4 and will be shown at the TGS 2013.

    Release date….2013 in Japan together with the console? That would be awesome!

    Comment posted on 16/03/2013 at 12:58.
  4. transbaconist (formerly bacon_nuts)
    Since: Mar 2011

    Good things come to those who wait. Hopefully, anyway… I’d hate for it to just disappear.

    Comment posted on 16/03/2013 at 12:59.
  5. yiddo
    Since: Jun 2010

    Despite everything they’ve said, I still don’t think this will ever be released. I know games have been in darker situations than this but I just have this feeling that it won’t get released. Either that or it does a Duke Nukem and turns out very shoddy due to being overly stretched.

    Still, I hope I’m wrong.

    Comment posted on 16/03/2013 at 17:50.
  6. Sheepdip
    Since: Feb 2013

    Last-Guardian is a niche release that a small but very vocal userbase is constantly bleating about. It doesn’t have mass-market appeal and will never recoup it’s development costs.

    The last point is i’m guessing why it’s continually dragged up from it’s grave by the media and put on a pedestal, as they know it’s going to be great fun to knock if off if it ever arrives. It’s a win/win for the press, they can write about it’s “delays” and they can then write about it’s “flop”.

    Comment posted on 17/03/2013 at 11:19.

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