Sony Santa Monica: “As far as I’m Aware We’re not Helping out With The Last Guardian”

March 18, 2013Written by Jason Dunning

Just over a year ago, an interview between Wired and Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, took place, where Shuhei said that western developers were helping with The Last Guardian. As for which studios, he was quoted as saying, “It’s not just Santa Monica. We have great tech people in Worldwide Studios. We have a central tech group in the US and the UK so we are giving them whatever help they need.”

Sony Santa Monica’s Director of Technology, Tim Moss, spoke to Eurogamer, revealing the extent of their involvement:

I’m never really sure how that got in the press, because as far as I’m aware we’re not helping out with The Last Guardian. The only way you can say that is the knowledge that we contribute back to the central tech groups benefits The Last Guardian. So I’m guessing someone was slightly misquoted.

Christer Ericson, also Director of Technology at SSM, weighed in on the situation, saying that “the different Sony first-party teams do not necessarily actively work together, but we do communicate with each other. We tend to visit each other several times a year, and doing so we may exchange ideas. They’ve been here, and we’ve been there. We do ask each other how are you doing that, and just sometimes go over to provide feedback.So, it looks like Tim was right and Shuhei was misquoted, because Sony Santa Monica is not working on The Last Guardian, though they may have some input on a few aspects of the game.Even with The Last Guardian still said to be in development, do you think we’ll ever see it? Let us know in the comments below.Essential Reading: