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Sony boss praises Ico team's new game

It'll take four years to finish up, mind.

Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida has promised the next game from Fumito Ueda will be "really, really good". Phew.

Ueda, of course, is the man who brought us Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. In the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine (as reported on NeoGaf), Yoshida says, "I started the ICO project. Ueda-san joined my team in Japan as a cinematic animator, but he created a short movie and presented it to me and said, 'I want to make this game.'

"I said, 'Yes, let’s do it, but you have never made a game. We have to have experienced people do it,' so it took a while, recruiting one person at a time. And because Fumito Ueda doesn't compromise, we had to move the development from PSone to PlayStation 2. Then I couldn't complete the game because I moved to the United States." What a palaver.

But Ico did make it onto the shelves, and so did Ueda's next game - eventually. "It took four years and the second game took four years too. So I started calling them the 'Olympic Team'," Yoshida revealed.

"They haven’t released a PS3 title yet - of course not - they’ll take four years! But they have something really, really good on the way."

Four years, eh... Well, Shadow of the Colossus was released in Europe in February 2006. Could it be we'll have to wait until 2010 for Ueda's next title? It had better be really, really good.

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