Oh, The Last Guardian. It’s been an absolute mess of a development, at least looking in from the point of view of an observer, a fan of the studio. Leaks, delays, cancellations, lead roles lost and trademarks forgotten about, albeit briefly, hardly make for a convincing tale.
And so, whilst the game swiftly skipped TGS last year, if the game is alive – if it’s still coming to PS3 – it has to be shown tomorrow morning. And somehow, through all the pain of watching Team Ico’s latest opus continuously skip dangerously towards vapourware, I’m still hopeful.
Still hopeful that tomorrow, at 5am BST, when Sony take to Tokyo Game Show and do their thing, they’ll have something to show. Wishful thinking? Quite probably, but I’d swap a game from Team Ico for ten me-too shooters.
As for the rest of the conference? Well, thankfully, it’s still remained mostly confidential, with hopefully some surprises in store. A new Gran Turismo would be timely (and hardly unexpected given events of late), probably for PS Vita, but I’m mostly expecting a Japan-centric view on the strong performance from Gamescom: Wonderbook, Puppeteer, Rain, but Sony still have The Last Of Us and Beyond to properly demo in the east.
But what’s more likely than anything else is the new, redesigned PS3. It looks like this, with a sliding top-loading Blu-ray drive, and comes with 16GB of on-board flash memory (and at least two hard drive configurations). It might seem like too little, but Sony have a ready market for it.
We’ve heard tales of retailers returning the current models, and orders being placed for the new. Anecdotal and not backed up with physical evidence, sure, but they’re indicative of an imminent announcement, and that’s quite possibly going to happen in just seven hours.
We’ll be here, 5am tomorrow, with the news.