It's been over four years since The Last Guardian was first announced at E3 2009. It's been dogged with rumours of cancellations, complete media blackouts, studio departures, Ueda's mysterious job-hopping, and precious little to see or watch at all.
Oh, and apparently it might miss out on 2013 too.
Speaking with JeuxVideo.fr, Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida had to be a little cagey when asked if we'd be seeing the long-awaited title from Team ICO next year.
“No, sorry, I can’t say that," he stated. “The last time we talked about a date for The Last Guardian, we ended up disappointing many people. But I can say that the team is working hard on the project, particularly the engine."
They've been working on the engine for four years. The engine!
“It is precisely due to the teams working on the technical aspect of the game that we have nothing tangible to show you today," he continued. "So now, I’m waiting for the right moment to introduce The Last Guardian, and speak with confidence of a release date.”
Ah yes, confidence. That which is wearing thin. Long development periods seldom point towards a great gaming experience, particularly when we've seen so very little in the past three years or so. But this is Team ICO. The well of goodwill hasn't been completely drained by the plughole of cynicism just yet. [via NeoGAF]