News regarding Team Ico’s The Last Guardian has been hard to find since last year’s Tokyo Game Show. Thankfully PSM3 has a big feature on the game in their newest magazine and it’s loaded with new details.
According to PSM3 TLG’s designer and director Fumito Ueda hopes to release TLG “on time” but he’s in no rush to finish the game. He did re-confirm a 2011 release but only for Japan at the moment. After spending sometime playing the first level of The Last Guardian PSM3 cited that the game looks “stunning” with a world “filled with vibrant colors”.
Here’s a round up of details revealed in PSM3:
◦The Last Guardian will be similar to Ico
◦The game’s original music is not the one presented in the trailer. It’s just a test track being used.
◦Ueda stated that he’s allowed to achieve things with the PS3 which he couldn’t manage to fulfill due to the tech on offer with PS2.
◦Torico’s feathers, butterflies, dust, particles, everything is managed in real time, many great animations were all made by hand.
◦The game we will not be as confined as in Ico.
◦Torico can apparently eliminate the guards, the child however can’t do that (so he will be playing undercover when he is alone)
◦Ueda didn’t reveal who the Last Guardian is, Torico or the boy. He said we’ll have to find out.
◦Team ICO has sought technical advice from all in-house Sony Studios wherever possible.
◦Torico-AI will focus on that moods and reactions to the environment. The game will be based on its relationship with the child to solve puzzles and explore the fortress.
◦Guards in armor are actually shadows, when their armor glows, they can vanish.
◦Ueda, does not consider his work as art. It could go much, much further in the concept art but that would make it difficult for some fun and commercial viability of titles. He must find the right balance.
◦Ueda would love the game to release on time, however he won’t rush things.
◦Ueda is wary not to make the game’s puzzles too difficult, however, he wants to maintain a good amount of challenge and hence they’re constantly beta-testing to measure the difficulty of puzzles and find the right balance.
◦There will be less fighting sequences in TLG than in ICO
◦Ueda has assured that the game will be released by the end of this year, at least in Japan.
The Last Guardian is exclusive to PS3 and is scheduled for a holiday release in 2011.
Written by: Sakinah
- Contributing Editor