The Last Guardian Creator “Terribly Sorry” For Delays
Fumito Ueda, Creator of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, has apologized for the lengthy development on The Last Guardian. Ueda told Edge he is “terribly sorry for that for various reasons I have kept my audience waiting for such a long time.”
The Last Guardian has been in development for more than six years now. Ueda admitted his personal creative work had completed “a long time ago.” He said:
The details of when, where and how it will be completed are beyond my control. The original staff members on Ico and SOTC are just as fussy over details as I am. I always want to create quickly, and I always want to increase the rate of production.
Ueda briefly discussed his decision to quit Sony Computer Entertainment as a full-time employee back in December of 2011. He said:
It’s difficult to explain [the decision to go freelance], but in a nutshell it was because I felt a sense of crisis within myself about a lot of things. It’s hard to [say exactly what], but in terms of my own growth and career and so on.
Edge asked him what Sony’s reaction to his departure was, Ueda explained:
It was not easy. I can’t go into the details just yet. It will be good to be able to discuss it along with a post-mortem of The Last Guardian someday.
Last month we heard an update from Sony regarding The Last Guardian. They said it was “well staffed” and “in development.” It sounds as if everything is on its way. Six years of waiting is nothing compared to the wait we have experienced for some other titles, like Duke Nukem.
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