Fumito Ueda’s Departure Confirmed

Following rumors that Ico and SOTC creator Fumito Ueda had left Sony to work on a contract basis until the end of The Last Guardian‘s development, Sony has now confirmed that the renowned developer has indeed left SCEJ.

In a statement to Gamasutra, Sony admitted Ueda was no longer an employee at the company, but said that he is “committed to completing” the project. The news comes after The Last Guardian producer Yoshifusa Hayama announced he would leave Sony for the social gaming developer Bossa Studios. It’s unknown why two key developers for the game are set to leave, but with The Last Guardian already years behind schedule, the departures certainly won’t help things.

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