If you’re one of the thousands of people who got that horrendously depressing call from GameStop’s automated robot-chick telling you The Last Guardian was cancelled and your money could be moved to a new pre-order, this news should be particularly uplifting. And after this announcement and the fact that the game’s lead designer and executive producer would be leaving Sony, I think we could all use some good news concerning this game. In a recent interview with 1UP (see quote below), Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida promised the game was far from cancelled, but it was making very slow progress. This is becoming one of those games that you just expect to be pushed back. Will it come out in 2012? I feel like it won’t. But after that, it only has a small window to make it on this generation of consoles. But, hey, how amazing would it be to have a Team Ico game as a launch title? I know one thing for sure – I would buy that console on launch day.
“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].”
Source: Game Informer