"It's Playable"... But Still No Launch Date
The Last Guardian has endured a staggeringly torturous development cycle, recently exacerbated by Team ICO lead Fumito Ueda resigning and then working as a freelance contractor on his own game. However, it appears that other Sony studios from the UK and US are pitching in to finally ensure that The Last Guardian finally gets made... though no-one yet knows when that will happen. Full story below.
Speaking to Wired, Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida revealed that multiple Sony Teams (the "best engineers in the US and Europe," no less) are providing Team ICO with both advice and hands-on assistance.
Well, you know, it's not just Santa Monica.
We have great tech people in Worldwide Studios. We have a central tech group in the US and the UK so we are giving them whatever help they need. Technically, we have the best engineers in the US and Europe, so these teams are helping them, giving advice.
However, despite the long-awaited project reaching a playable state, there's still no hint of a launch window in sight.
There's a vision that we want to realise but it's very very tough and technical issue that the team is tackling and some plans have to be made to evaluate and go through the process.
At one point the progress was great, so we talked about the timing of the launch in the past. But now it's making progress, but still not to the level - it's playable, but not to the point that we can talk about the timing of launch.
In our recent PWNcast, we came to the crushing realisation that the constant delays have forced us straight through excitement and into apathy. We hope that a firm release date will be forthcoming soon... and we can finally play the damn thing.