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Legendary Developer Fumito Ueda May Have “Left Sony”

November 30, 2011 Written by Sebastian Moss

Fumito Ueda, the director and game designer of two of the most critically acclaimed games of all time, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, has reportedly left Sony.

Japanese video game development sources have apparently told Eurogamer that Fumito Ueda is no longer a staff member for Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. Ueda will still finish off his work on The Last Guardian, and is employed in a freelance capacity. After the game releases, Ueda will leave to work on personal projects.

Sony’s loss is thought to be one of the reasons for The Last Guardian‘s numerous delays, which wasn’t even on show at this year’s Tokyo Game Show. Sony Worldwide Studio head, Shuhei Yoshida recently commented on the progress of the game, saying:

It’s been very difficult in terms of seeing the progress: not as fast as we’d been hoping for, and the team has been under big pressure.

So far, Sony has only responded to the rumors by saying that they do not comment on rumor and speculation. It’s important to stress that this is still a rumor, but we’ll update you on whether it is fully confirmed or denied.