Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida has offered a status update on highly anticipated Fumito Ueda/Team ICO title, The Last Guardian.
Shuhei Yoshida, in an interview with 1UP.com, confirmed that he had seen the game recently and that Ueda is working on a contract basis with Sony.
Yoshida was asked if Ueda still works in the office after his plans to leave the company were revealed, with Yoshida giving the following comment:
Absolutely. Absolutely. He comes in every day, and he’s probably one of the people who works the longest hours. The project has been making progress, but slow progress. So that’s tough, but we haven’t changed any focus. It’s still a really important project and a vision we want to see realized, and Fumito’s vision is really causing a very difficult challenge for the developers, so there’s some scrapping and rebuilding — iteration in the process. That’s why [it’s taking so long].
When Yoshida was asked if he thinks Ueda will continue to work with the company after The Last Guardian is finished, he said:
If this project goes well — you know, fingers crossed — we’ve worked with him for a long time so yeah I certainly hope we can maintain a relationship.
If The Last Guardian‘s release date is ever announced, we’ll be sure to let you know.