By Samuel North / June 11th, 2013
Team Ico’s highly anticipated title for the PS3, The Last Guardian, may have to wait a little longer before reaching the hands of gamers. In an interview with GameTrailers, Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton confirmed that while the title hasn’t gone away, it is now being placed on hiatus.
In the interview, Tretton described the situation concerning The Last Guardian: “I think the cool thing about our worldwide development studios is we have so many projects out there from so many great teams,” he said. “Projects never ultimately go away, so The Last Guardian has certainly not gone away, but it’s on hiatus right now.”
Developer Team Ico, well-known for their games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, had revealed The Last Guardian at Tokyo Game Show 2009, when it was originally scheduled to be released in late 2011. However, the title had numerous delays, leading many to question if The Last Guardian would ever see the light of day. This new announcement, while further adding to the list of pitfalls that this title has fallen into, does show that Sony has not forgotten about it.
The Last Gaurdian was a PS3 exclusive, but that may change with the PS4’s imminent release.
UPDATE: If you were disappointed in The Last Guardian‘s unexpected hiatus, your worries are now over. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, has just culled the rumors of the title’s hiatus, saying that Tretton’s comments were “misleading.”
“That hiatus term — I’m not a native English-speaking person — but that’s misleading,” Yoshida said. “The game is in active development. Ueda-san shared updates a few months ago. Nothing has changed. My answer is, ‘Yes, the game is in active development.’ It’s not [in] hiatus at all. But we are not ready to reintroduce it. When we are ready, we will do that. Please wait.”
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