The Last Guardian is still happening, according to SCE Worldwide Studios PlayStation software product development head Scott Rohde.
Speaking to IGN, Rohde refused to comment on rumours that the game has moved from its original platform of PS3 to PS4, or discuss which Worldwide Studios teams are working on the project.
“[I'm] not going to announce what platform it’s coming on, who’s working on it, who’s involved,” he said.
“But that is still a title that’s absolutely in the mix at Worldwide Studios. That’s the most you’re gonna get.”
Rohde said that SCE remains committed to the project, partially because fans are so passionate about it.
“We want to make great games. And when we see that the public is so interested in a specific game, of course that drives us to want to complete that game. But it also drives us to want to make it great. We would not want to ship that game if we don’t think it’s great,” he said.
“I love that people are still interested in it. That’s an honour to us. That’s not just me spinning. It’s really cool that people are still interested in it, and we’re trying to make the best thing we can out of The Last Guardian.”
The Last Guardian is the third game from Team Ico, following Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, It has been in the works for something like eight years, during which time Team Ico leader and chief creative Fumito Ueda has resigned – although he did stick with the project as a contractor.
In 2012, SCE Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said multiple teams including SCE Santa Monica Studios had been brought in to consult on The Last Guardian, which was experiencing technical difficulties. SCE Santa Monica later said the comment was misquoted, and that it is not working on The Last Guardian.
As of August last year, Ueda said the team is working hard but The Last Guardian is not a priority at Sony.
Combining elements of both former Team ICO games, The Last Guardian has players guiding a huge beast through what looks like a huge castle complex. It was to have been Team Ico’s first PS3 game. It looked amazing.