It would seem that The Last Guardian‘s questionable development could be standing on some shaky ground, as it’s being reported that another major profile, Yoshifusa Hayama, who occupied a major role, has left the project and resigned altogether to work at London-based Bossa, and will be tasked with directing it as it develops its first, yet to be announced 3D social game.
News of Hayama’s — who was the executive producer on the project — departure comes not long after rumors of the game’s creative lead Fumito Ueda having left just a week ago, which wasn’t the case; Ueda is still at work on the game, but on a freelance basis. Adding the fact that Sony itself has said that progress on The Last Guardian has been “difficult” and “not as fast as we’d been hoping for,” no one would blame you if you had any thoughts of it being cancelled altogether. Sony insists, however, that it continues to support the exclusive, but the light at the end of that tunnel is starting to look dim.
In amidst of all this, I’m beginning to wonder if there will be a last guardian to defend the project, refusing to let the beautiful game end up as nothing but a failed experiment in people’s minds. Let’s hope that won’t be the case.