At the start of 2018, Gen Design - the development studio helmed by Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian creator Fumito Ueda - shared an image of what many suspected to be its next game. Nine months on, Ueda has offered a bit of an update on that mysterious title.
When Eurogamer's Rob Purchese spoke to the respected designer in 2017, seemingly early on in the project's development, Ueda explained that while his usual practice was to create an initial image representing what he wanted to achieve with a game, the ease of modern development tools meant he was hoping to create a prototype this time around.
Now, speaking to Famitsu magazine (as translated by Gematsu) over a year later, it appears that Gen Design's prototyping is well underway. "We're in a stage of various trials," revealed Ueda, "where we're actually making our ideas to test if they're interesting or not". However, it's unclear just how far along prototyping is, with Ueda noting that the developer is currently "working out the core parts first, and from there we'll make it into a stable product."
Gen Design - the developer led by Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian creator Fumito Ueda - has posted what may be an image of its new game.
Sony will release a The Last Guardian VR demo next week.
Shadow of the Colossus game director Fumito Ueda submitted a proposal of changes to Sony for the upcoming and recently announced PS4 remake. But he doesn't know if they'll get in.
The Last Guardian was 10 years in the making, but it was outsold at launch by Dead Rising 4.
Fumito Ueda has penned a heartfelt message to The Last Guardian players, which Sony has bundled with the game's media kit.
The Last Guardian will be supporting PlayStation 4 Pro, with the much awaited game upscaling to 4K and bringing minor performance improvements on Sony's new console when it launches this December.
Ico and Shadow of the Colossus director Fumito Ueda's long anticipated third directorial outing, The Last Guardian, has finally gone gold.
A meaty 18 minutes of The Last Guardian footage, filmed at the Tokyo Game Show this week, has appeared online.
The Last Guardian footage comes from Japanese media monster Famitsu, and gives us our clearest look yet at what the long-awaited PS4 game is like to actually play.
The recorded demo shows an area that wasn't in The Last Guardian E3 build that Wes played and wrote about in June, but we have seen snippets of the area in trailers before.
The Last Guardian has been delayed yet again.
Sony has finally, after all these years, given The Last Guardian a release date. It will be released 25th October 2016 on PS4. Yes, it's coming out this year believe it or not.
Sony aired a new trailer at E3 that showed a second Catweagle - a bad Catweagle. Otherwise it was the same kind of whimsical man-and-beast platforming we've seen before.
You can see what else Sony and other publishers announced at the show this year with our E3 guide.
After years of waiting, legendary PlayStation project The Last Guardian will finally launch this year.
Sony will hold its annual Tokyo Games Show PlayStation press conference on Tuesday, 15th September at 4pm Tokyo time (8am UK).
When Sony originally showed The Last Guardian running on PS3, the video wasn't apparently representative of how the game actually performed - but was "specced up" for the occasion.
In reality, "the game was running at a much lower frame rate", Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Kotaku at E3.
As development drew excruciatingly on, and the PS3 struggled to cope with the game's vision, PS4 dev kits arrived - and a solution presented itself. The Last Guardian became a PS4 game in 2012.
Ico and Shadow of the Colossus director Fumito Ueda's long-delayed fantasy opus The Last Guardian was finally re-revealed as a PS4 game due in 2016.
E3 is right around the corner, and the rumour mill once again pegs Sony's long-in-development The Last Guardian for a re-reveal.
AWOL PlayStation exclusive The Last Guardian didn't turn up during Sony's Gamescom press conference this week. Were we expecting it? Perhaps not.
But we had hoped for the Team Ico title to perhaps show up at the Tokyo Game Show in September 2014.
Alas, it doesn't sound like it'll be there, either.
It really wouldn't be a big game show without your regular update on perennial absentee The Last Guardian, and Eurogamer's happy as ever to oblige, with Sony Computer Entertainment's president of worldwide studios telling us once again what's going on with Team Ico's game.
Prior to E3 there had been some confusion as to whether The Last Guardian had been cancelled or not after an erroneous report appeared on IGN. "There were a difficult couple of days before the show - I'm sure you noticed," Yoshida told Eurogamer. "I'm so happy it was retracted before the show happened."
As to what's actually happening with The Last Guardian, which is widely believed to have shifted platform to PlayStation 4, the situation remains much as it was at Gamescom last year. "It's the same message!" Yoshida said with a smile.
Fumito Ueda, creator of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, has apologised for the lengthy development process of upcoming project The Last Guardian.
GamesIndustry.biz has run the second half of its massive interview with Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida, and managed to squeeze a few vaguely reassuring but maddeningly inconclusive words from him regarding the status of The Last Guardian.
Five years ago I met up with Shuhei Yoshida at Gamescom's last year in Leipzig and asked him the same question he's been getting in pretty much every interview since: what's happening with the Last Guardian?
"I used to call them Olympic Team, because they always spend four years on their games," Yoshida said in reference to Team Ico, the developer behind the much anticipated and much delayed title. "Ico started in 1997 and we saw that in 2001, Shadow was released in 2005. So it's an Olympic cycle."
2009 came and went without a peep, and now four years on from then we're still yet to see much more on The Last Guardian. It's safe to say that the Olympic cycle's been broken. So what's the latest word on the game?
Update: Eurogamer spoke to Sony's Jim Ryan following this report and asked him, flatly, whether The Last Guardian had been cancelled.
What's happening with Sony Japan's The Last Guardian?
Sony's Santa Monica Studio has clarified its involvement with The Last Guardian and distanced itself from the heavily delayed PlayStation game, after reports early last year suggested the God of War developer was helping out on the title.
The PlayStation 4 reveal has been and gone and still there's no sign of The Last Guardian.
The creator of delayed PlayStation 3-exclusive The Last Guardian has issued an update on the game's development just days before Sony's big PlayStation (4) pow-wow in New York.
What's happening with The Last Guardian, the eye-catching PlayStation 3 exclusive once due out late 2011?
The Last Guardian was conspicuously absent from Sony's E3 press conference on Monday evening - early Tuesday morning UK time.
Sony development teams in the US and UK are helping Team Ico finish up long-in-the-offing PlayStation 3 adventure The Last Guardian, Sony has confirmed.
It's sounding increasingly unlikely that Sony will announce PlayStation 4 this year.
Wise-cracking Sony US leader Jack Tretton told IGN that "I don't want to be thinking about trying to launch new technology any time soon", and said he'd be "very distracted" talking about next-gen hardware this year.
"In terms of when you talk about [the next generation] and when you announce it, it really depends on the health of the existing platform and the other things you have going on," tremoloed Tretton.
Long awaited Team Ico adventure The Last Guardian is still alive and well but is making slow progress, according to Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida.
Sony made a gargantuan £1.3 billion loss during October to December 2011.
UPDATE 2: Breathe easy, seems it was all a mix up. GameSpot just issued the following statement:
Yoshifusa Hayama, the man who recently left behind development of The Last Guardian to join London social games developer Bossa Studios has explained why he made the move - and how he wants to create Facebook's first masterpiece game.
Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian creator Fumito Ueda has left Sony, the PlayStation manufacturer has confirmed.
Ueda is finishing PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last Guardian on a contract basis, and is "committed to completing" the project, Sony said in a statement issued to Gamasutra.
The 41-year-old's departure, exclusively revealed by Eurogamer last month, ends a 14-year career at Sony that has seen the launch two of the most iconic PlayStation games ever. Following The Last Guardian's release, currently set at some time in 2012, Ueda will pursue personal projects.
The executive producer of PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last Guardian has left Sony to join a Facebook game developer.
Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian creator Fumito Ueda has left Sony, Eurogamer understands.
Sony has reassured gamers that Team Ico is still "hard at work" on The Last Guardian, despite the high-profile PS3 exclusive missing the Tokyo Game Show next week.
18 unannounced PlayStation Vita games will be playable at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony has announced.
Three unannounced PlayStation 3 games will also be playable, Andriasang reports.
The Vita games confirmed as being playable at Sony's PlayStation Vita Zone are:
Ico & Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection will pack in a smattering of bonus content alongside the twin PS2 classics when it arrives on PlayStation 3 later this year.
Sony has delayed PlayStaton 3 exclusives The Last Guardian and ICO/Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection.
A number of UK shops have gone live with a Friday 7th October release date for hotly anticipated PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last Guardian.
Tesco, ASDA, The Hut, Zavvi and Woolworths all say the Team ICO-developed title will release on 7th October.
GAME, Play, Amazon and HMV are yet to suggest a release date, however.
If the Shadow of the Colossus film "works", then big-screen adaptations of ICO and The Last Guardian may follow, movie-maker Misher Films has said.
The high definition PlayStation 3 ports of Team Ico classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus will include Trophies, super cool creator Fumito Ueda's confirmed.
We thought this was obvious, but for those of you who wondered what "holiday 2011" meant in relation to enchanting PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last Guardian's release date (and we know some of you did), it's "late 2011", Sony confirmed to Eurogamer.
The Last Guardian, the new PS3 exclusive from the team behind ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, is slated to launch during "holiday 2011".
Fresh images of Team ICO's new game The Last Guardian have surfaced from the Tokyo Game Show.
Sony has confirmed that PS3 exclusive The Last Guardian will be shown at this year's Tokyo Game Show, which conveniently gets under way next week.
Sony's European boss Andrew House has admitted it would be nice to see The Last Guardian again, but has no idea when we will.
Media Molecule will offer a Team ICO pack for LittleBigPlanet this Thursday, paying homage to brilliant PS2 games ICO and Shadow of the Colossus.
ICO and Shadow of the Colossus creator Fumito Ueda has explained that the creature in PS3 creation The Last Guardian is a giant, imprisoned cateagle that may only be a baby.
Sony has finally unveiled the third game from Fumito Ueda's Sony Japan team, previously codenamed Trico. Now it's called The Last Guardian.
Sony fansite PlayStation Lifestyle claims to have blown the lid on the next game from Team ICO, codenamed Project Trico.
ICO creator Fumito Ueda has said he's not trying to create games which are works of art - whatever the critics might say.
ICO and Shadow of the Colossus creator Fumito Ueda has been confirmed as one of the speakers for the Game Developers Conference next month.
Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has promised the next game from Fumito Ueda will be "really, really good". Phew.
ICO and Shadow of the Colossus creator Fumito Ueda has been confirmed as a speaker at Nordic Game 2008.
Sony Japan has released the first image associated with the PS3 game Team ICO is working on.