In a recent interview, Team Ico head Fumito Ueda spoke a bit about his upcoming PS3 debut title: The Last Guardian. He talks about a number of things, but one of the more interesting details to pull from it was that he wants a “simpler” control scheme. “The actual method of controls and button layouts have not been decided yet, because it doesn’t take much time to change the control scheme,” Ueda said, “but because we’re using the theme of an animal for The Last Guardian, I also want people who are not serious game players to try out this game. So I want the controls to be simpler than before.”
Some may recall that his latest work to date, the PS2 classic Shadow of the Colossus, had a control scheme that managed to immerse just as much as it would frustrate, particularly when a horse was involved.
The interview makes valiant attempts at getting more information out of the game, but a simpler control scheme at least suggests what kind of game we’re in for. He also talks a little about the now notorious topic of games as art, since his games are often used as examples. It’s short, but sweet. As for the game… we’re sure to learn more as its Holiday 2011 release draws nearer.