According to sources close to Eurogamer, Team Ico’s Fumito Ueda is quitting Sony, and will finish up work on The Last Guardian in a “freelance capacity.”
The source, which hails from the Japanese game development sector, has indicated that Ueda’s departure from Sony just one of the reasons the game’s development has stalled.
Eurogamer’s source also states that following the completion of The Last Guardian, Ueda will start working on “personal projects.”
Sony, when contacted on the matter, said that it doesn’t “comment on rumor and speculation.”
The Last Guardian was announced as being in development back in February 2007, and has followed a four-year development period similar to previous Team Ico titles Shadow of the Colossus and Ico.
The game is slated for a 2012 release after originally being pegged for fall 2011.