Think about it. Had everything gone according to plan, we’d have played The Last Guardian back at the end of 2011. As it stands we’re two months into 2012 and the game still looks as far away as it always has.
And recent comments from Sony WorldWide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida don’t make it seem any closer either. Speaking to 1up, Yoshida reinforced comments last year that development on the game was slow-going.
“The project has been making progress, but slow progress. So that’s tough, but we haven’t changed any focus,” Yoshida stated.” It’s still a really important project and a vision we want to see realized, and Fumito’s vision is really causing a very difficult challenge for the developers, so there’s some scrapping and rebuilding — iteration in the process. That’s why [it's taking so long].”
As for the recent drama surrounding the departure of Team ICO boss Fumito Ueda, Yoshida stressed that it wasn’t as simple as him leaving the company.
“Well it’s confirmed in terms of the status of his relation to the company — he was an employee, and now he’s working on a contract basis,” he said.
“You know, we discussed an arrangement so he could focus on the creative side. But his work and his presence on that team never changed, so it was just more a contractual rearrangement, and that was taken as ‘he left’.”
It’s good at least to see Sony sounding a little more supportive of the project. What would be more supportive is, say, a trailer, or new release date.