The Last Guardian is making “slow progress”
posted on 02.10.12 at 11:23 AM EST by (@salromano)
"There's some scrapping and rebuilding," says Yoshida.

The Last Guardian is still alive and well, but making “slow progress,” Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuehi Yoshida has revealed.

Speaking to 1UP (via Eurogamer), he said the project is still “really important” to the publisher.

“The project has been making progress, but slow progress,” he said.

“So that’s tough, but we haven’t changed any focus. It’s still a really important project and a vision we want to see realised, 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].”

Yoshida also clarified The Last Guardian director Fumito Ueda’s employment status, and its effect on the game’s development.

“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 [by many] as ‘he left’.

“He comes in every day, and he’s probably one of the people who works the longest hours,” he added.

The Last Guardian‘s completed development may not mark the end of Sony’s relationship with Ueda, however.

“If this project goes well – you know, fingers crossed – we’ve worked with him for a long time so yeah I certainly hope we can maintain a relationship,” Yoshida said.

  • http://www.gametrailers.com/factions/FoKHF/?action=news DarthXehanort

    I am fine with slow progress; sometimes, genius takes time. The same thing is happening with Final Fantasy Versus XIII.

    • FinalFantasy_fangirl

      @DarthXehanort:

      Well said Darth

    • hush404

      @DarthXehanort: Yep. That I can agree with. Some times though… it doesn’t always work out :(

  • Sal Romano

    It’s funny (and also kind of sad) how playing this and Final Fantasy Versus XIII have become dreams to me.

    • Charlie

      @Sal Romano: Not sad at all, I completely agree with you. It’s almost like the first time I watched Pan’s Labyrinth, I felt like a part of me had been fulfilled.

    • FinalFantasy_fangirl

      @Sal Romano:

      There’s plenty of games to play until they arrive.

    • Malcolm Reynolds

      @Sal Romano: feels like vaporware and I am really tired of the wait. I have plenty of great PS3 exclusives….it doesn’t make the wait for these two games any easier or less annoying.

  • Locksus

    I feel ashamed that I’ve never played any of their games but I definitely want to play this this generation.. I just hope it gets released this year even though I guess it’s not going to happen.

  • ruslik

    I don’t know, maybe after waiting for so long I’m starting to get the feeling that it’s not going to be released EVER(this and Versus 13), I just hope they prove me wrong, like this year so wrong.