The Last Guardian has been in development for a long, long time. So much in fact that many people began wondering if it will ever be released. Recently IGN came out and stated that according to their sources, the game has been indeed cancelled. Needles to say, this news managed to disappoint the masses of people who were hoping to the see game at E3. I was quite disappointed as well initially, but then Sony’s Scott Rohne came out on Twitter and confirmed that actually “The Last Guardian has NOT been cancelled.” IGN have also updated their article since then and are now saying that “We’re committed to getting the full story and will be updating this piece with more information as it develops”.
@notaxation @yosp and I laughed at this rumor over dinner. The Last Guardian has NOT been cancelled.
— Scott Rohde (@RohdeScott) June 8, 2014
So the good news is that The Last Guardian is still in development, the bad news is that we still know little to nothing about it. The game was first announced back in 2009 at E3 after being in development since 2007. The Last Guardian is a project by Team Ico, well-known for creating the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus games. Their upcoming title is said to share some similarities to their previous games, at least on the stylistic and gameplay sides. Believe it or not, the game was actually supposed to come out back in 2011, but was delayed several times. News about its cancellation didn’t seem that strange considering that we haven’t hard anything about it for a long time.
Aside from rumors and speculations, all we really have to go on is a trailer that was released five years ago. The trailer depicts a young boy who befriends a giant strange creature that looks like a hybrid between a bird and a cat. You will presumably take on the role of the boy and have to work together with the creature in order to escape from a castle of some sort. Gameplay-wise, The Last Guardian looks to be a third person action-adventure game that also incorporates some puzzle elements. Your character is said to be unarmed the entire time so you’re relying on the creature to help you out if you happen to run into any trouble. The creature that goes by the name of Trico is for all intends and purposes driven by animal instinct. You will have to take advantage of its natural behavior in order to complete the game’s puzzles.
The Last Guardian was initially intended to be a PS3 exclusive, but we think that Team Ico might also be considering the PS4 now. More details will likely be revealed tomorrow at E3. Stay tuned for more news and updates.