I don't see this game coming out in 2012. But at least it sounds like progress is being made. I hope this game won't be a failure like Lair was. All the hype that went into the game (Lair) and on launch all the poor reviews that the game received just broke the PS3's stride and at this moment SONY has to rise up through the last years loss of momentum and become the tech giant we used to know.Sony: The Last Guardian Is 'Making Progress' - PlayStation 3 News at IGN
The DICE conference at Las Vegas is a great place to meet developers, speak with them about games and the industry in general and get the inside scoop on what's going on at various companies. And just yesterday, our sister site1UPwas lucky enough to catch up with Sony's Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida.The Last Guardian
Yoshida calls the shots at all of Sony's 14 first-party studios, and 1Up asked him about the future of one PlayStation 3 exclusive in particular --. Being developed at Studio Japan by the acclaimed developer Team Ico, The Last Guardian is in a state of development hell, having beendelayed in 2011. That was followed by the exit of both the game'sdirectorandproducer, with a promise that the gamewas still in development.Game Informer
In his conversation with 1Up, Yoshida brought more clarity when asked about The Last Guardian. Yoshida confirmed that he's "been seeing" the game, and that Fumito Ueda, the mind behind the game, is still working on it on a contractual basis.
"[Ueda] comes in [to the office] 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]."
But why did Ueda become a contractor in a first place, after being a full-time employee of Sony? "It's a personal matter," Yoshida noted, "so I can't really say."
Likewise, a DICE-centric interview with Shuhei Yoshida also appeared on. Yoshida confirms to them that The Last Guardian is "playable, but not to the level of when we can say it's coming [out]."