The Last Guardian will ship “when it is absolutely ready”
posted on 06.05.12 at 09:00 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Team Ico's PS3 title has no business plan.

E3 kicked off this week, and when Sony’s press conference ended, The Last Guardian was nowhere to be seen. What’s the hold up? We’re not sure. But according to Sony senior vice president of product development Scott Rohde, the game is still in development and will be out “when it is absolutely ready.”

“I will not give you a detailed update, but I will say one thing. It goes back in my mind to innovation and to gamers and to quality,” Rhode told GameSpot. “That title is going to ship when it is absolutely ready.”

Sony does not have a business plan for The Last Guardian, allowing the team to take as much time as they need.

“And I think that’s a really important thing to remember; that it would be very easy to ship a game when it’s not quite ready because we need to meet a business plan,” he said. “Gamers are first. And the experience that we provide is first. And that’s why we’re going to talk about that game when we’re ready to talk about it.”

Best to hope for the Tokyo Game Show, then?

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    And this is why, for 3 generations in a row, Sony has provided the best games of each generation by a country mile.

    Hey MS…..I know this mindset confuses you…just sit back and enjoy last place. Your HW totals will soon match where your games have always been….lagging wayyyyy behind.

    • KingOptimus111

      I can’t wait for Gamescom & TGS 2012. Guerrilla Games next project could be at Gamescom, Sucker Punch next project could be at Gamescom, Agent could be at Gamescom 2012, Final Fantasy Vesus XIII & The Last Guardian could be at TGS 2012, & Tons of PS Vita unveils at Gamescom 2012 & TGS 2012

    • Sovereign Gale

      @Malcolm Reynolds: MS can’t hear you, brah.

    • Sal Romano

      @Malcolm Reynolds: You need to stop forcing Microsoft into everything you post.

      • KingOptimus111

        Why should he? He making good points.

  • TheFoolArcana

    I feel like I’ve heard this same news 4 times already.

  • FinalFantasy_fangirl

    Personally I don’t mind waiting for games what concerns me is Ueda status.

  • Zero

    If they want it to sell lots of copies, then yes, the game is on the clock.

    Just like Versus, and Agent.

    Next gen is coming, and it’s always awkward trying to sell a game on last gen hardware when new consoles are coming out or already out.

    It usually results in a game doing “ok.” I think they want it to do better than “ok”, especially after this long development cycle.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    Interesting….wishing a GAMING division of a company would get its shit together is a no no?

    I guess I can pretend they dont exist. Hell, they do.

    Maybe they should call it E2 since only 2 actual GAME consoles show up to this thing every year.

    Whatever…..You have a perfectly written article dedicated to saying exactly what I have been saying for years about MS on this very site. Dont do what you do…just do what you say I suppose.

    Well, at least there is that one article. The last beacon of hope for the gaming media in general to catch on and apply common sense to this hobby. If people demand nothing from MS they will get nothing from MS as the last 11 years of their garbage has shown.

    I figured MS has employees that patrol these comment sections around here which is why I continue to call them to action.

    My request is simple. Either bring something worthwhile to gaming or do us all a favor and get the hell out. Nintendo and Sony can handle it.

    Why is that so bad?

    • zerolegacy0

      @Malcolm Reynolds: Will you grow up already and quit your soapboxing. M$ do not read these comment sections they don’t care what you have to say. I don’t like them either, but complaining every chance you get is just a childish waste of time.

    • Sal Romano

      @Malcolm Reynolds: Because you echo it every chance you get, and it’s completely off-topic. And you also seem to think you’re the only person displeased with Microsoft, and that the media is woven in a web created by Microsoft, which I assure you is 100 percent false.

      You see a post about The Last Guardian – ‘hrm, let’s take this opportunity to bash Microsoft because Sony makes The Last Guardian and it will be an amazing game, one that Microsoft doesn’t have.’ You see a post about God of War: Ascension – ‘see MS asshats, this is how you make games’. You see a post about Forza Horizon – ‘lets talk about Sony announcing Uncharted 4′. Timed exclusive DLC – ‘FU devs of game receiving timed Xbox 360 exclusivity. Microsoft is a cancer and this is a weak ass practice.’ (Fact is this is a standard business practice, one that Sony does, as well.)

  • FAUNA

    I want THE LAST GUARDIAN more than anything, & I am extremely glad they are polishing it to pure perfection..

    • Rafi

      @FAUNA:
      You back !!, OMG i miss you buddy. Where have you been ?

  • vertical09

    Take your time, make it a true epic like Ico and Shadow of the colossus ^^

  • http://Flickr.com/mdemolish mdemolish

    The Last Guardian like FFVX :)

  • Dystopiq

    Take as long as you need Team Ico, because in the end I know you will blow my mind and leave an impression and experience that I will remember forever.

  • Malcolm Reynolds

    @Sal: I understand Sony does timed exclusives too. In comparison to MS it is very very rare but sucks none the less.

    I bashed MS in that instance for being a major supporter of the practice but I definitely bash the practice as a whole.
    You can certainly take 1 sentence here and there and pool them together out of context to fit your argument but thats not totally fair.

    You neglected to mention that I also said I would rather have hear that Tomb Raider became a true Exclusive to MS platform as that would actually show some real value for their console. Instead MS pisses money away on timed DLC as if its a true selling point for their system.
    Its ludicrous. That was also not off topic at all as those comments were made about MS, TR, and timed DLC in a topic that was basically titled with all 3 of those “bullet points”!

    As for you scoffing at my idea of the gaming media mentality shift this gen of protect precious MS…..please be honest with yourself and your readers here…. If Sony pulled the crap MS has: (forced to pay for a P2P connection to play online or even watch Netflix, The RRoD fiasco, or worse yet, killing off the JRPG and dropping any support for innovative new IP and exclusives as a whole and forcing Move down everyones throats in place of real games, etc) would the media not have crucified Sony years ago and done their best to force them out of business?
    I mean, Sony has caught nothing but hell this whole generation and they are truly the only ones who have not lost sight of there core audience.

    I mean look at the Vita, arguably one of the most fully featured incredible pieces of handheld tech ever created, especially for gaming; a more than fair price, a great set of launch titles, been out for less than 6 months and finding a damn article on the web that isnt calling for its death is less likely than coming up on a unicorn farting rainbows in the woods.

    Of course you are in the gaming media and Im sure you have friends and colleagues in the media as well so real honesty about this is not expected but I certainly think my points are worth considering here.

    • FinalFantasy_fangirl

      @Malcolm Reynolds:

      Its not about your opinons, your opinion is your own. Sal has asked you kindly to chill out on forcing microsoft in everything you post. Like this article Microsoft has nothing to do with Sonys Last Guardian.

  • neku

    ahhhhhhhhh