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The Last Guardian: New CG Trailer, Q&A

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With the PS4 launch of The Last Guardian just weeks away, take a gander at our new CG trailer that debuted in US theaters this week.

Last week I spoke with celebrated creative director Fumito Ueda about his personal inspirations, the connections between The Last Guardian and Shadow of the Colossus, and how to expand the influence of the videogame medium. Read on for highlights from our conversation!

On realizing the full initial vision for The Last Guardian:

  • “I’m going to be little hard on myself here… but to say I’ve done everything 100% is not completely true. As a creator, there’s always a little more you feel you could have done. When I finished Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, I felt exactly the same way. Having said that, I think the staff from Sony and Gendesign has put everything, every ounce of energy we had, and poured it into the project.”

On the personal inspirations behind The Last Guardian:

  • “Trico is a hybrid of sorts, a mixture of a cat, a dog, a bird, and the like. It might represent a motif. When I was younger, I grew up in a home that had a bunch of animals. My experiences with them are great memories that I still have. In creating Trico, I didn’t really have to do any specific research because it’s a creature that obviously doesn’t exist. But it’s really all based on my childhood memories, the way I interacted with the animals, the way they reacted to me.”

On comparisons to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus:

  • “The way I see it, maybe they are from the same world, or the same universe. But anything further than that is really up to the player’s imagination. Everyone has a different level of relationship with the two previous titles, so we wouldn’t dictate that it is or it isn’t. It’s up to the player.”

The Last Guardian, PS4

On his proudest accomplishment with The Last Guardian:

  • “I would have to say that it’s what we were able to accomplish with the character of Trico. Its behavior, everything about it. We were basically breathing life into a creature that has never been created, a new character, which is very difficult. How does it feel to actually feed Trico? I want players to experience what that feels like.”

On other gaming inspirations:

  • “There are some games that have opened my eyes and influenced me in big ways. Prince of Persia is one, and Another World. This may come as a surprise, but Virtua Fighter is another… What they all have in common is the intricacy of the animation. I’m always curious in finding ways that animation can help breathe new life into characters — that’s an element that will always appeal to me.”

On expanding the appeal of videogames:

  • “It’s a difficult question to answer, but I think that maybe a lower barrier to entry or skill required. And I’m not saying that games need to be easy or casual or anything like that. But when you think about the origin of video games, arcade games, you put in 100 yen and you got to play for maybe three minutes. There’s basically an end, or a restriction, that is placed. Sometimes that can be a little intimidating.”
  • “On console games, there’s no need to put a time limit or game over screen — we want people to play longer. But again, whether it’s skill requirements, or continuous challenges until you feel like giving up… if they felt slightly more accessible, then maybe more people would enjoy playing video games. Having said that, as long as we define what we do as video games in this business, then the experience needs to be very unique [to that medium]. Striking that balance is not an easy task.”

The Last Guardian, PS4

On the long-anticipated launch of The Last Guardian:

  • “It’s quite simple… at the end of playing through the game, if the player feels the existence of Trico, like it’s really there, then we have accomplished what we set out to do.”

Add Your Own

musibat said:

November 18th, 2:53 am

what were basic things they worked on over the last delay? and FIRST!

    KidGreengene said:

    November 18th, 5:32 am

    Right?? I mean, the last game I developed was super easy.

danjin44 said:

November 18th, 3:03 am

I recently played ICO, I played SOTC before and I loved it but I always hesitant play ICO because I heard it was clunky and hasn’t aged well. But after finally playing it, I start hating myself for not playing It sooner, ICO was absolute joy to play and I’m hyped for Last Guardain as much as I’m for Persona 5. BRING IT ON!!!

akab211 said:

November 18th, 3:29 am

I am so excited! I feel like I am dreamjng and I need to wake up. Its the same way I felt before God of War 3 came out.

JamesBlonde777 said:

November 18th, 5:47 am

How long does it take to play through the game?

Roaming_Ryu said:

November 18th, 6:05 am

I kinda want the studio to post a video on December 5th saying “The Last Guardian will be delayed until December 26th 2016 due to complications………… JUST KIDDING!!! See you all tomorrow”. That would the best, most self-aware joke ever.

gohan16ken said:

November 18th, 6:15 am

When will we get the PS3 version lol

dkarlowicz10 said:

November 18th, 6:18 am

Any chance of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus coming to PS4? I don’t do PS Now and would like to see actual PS4 versions.

    RyuZX said:

    November 18th, 6:36 am

    I agree. I would be happy to buy ICO and Shadow of the Colossus for the PS4. If they got a good remastering that would be great, but if it is just a PS3 port of the collection or PS2 Classics releases I’ll take that too.

    Welmosca said:

    November 24th, 10:11 am

    Get PSNow and quit asking for games to be recycled.

magooser said:

November 18th, 6:44 am

Why did it take 8 years for this to come out when they make crappy Call of Duty every year? Is Team Ico a team of 3 people that have part time jobs somewhere else too?

    LTH-Scarecrow said:

    November 18th, 8:13 am

    Team ICO isn’t a studio. It’s a unit inside Japan Studio and their team members help in making Gravity Rush , Patapon and and other titles if not working for the studio. Comparing it to COD when they have hundreds of developers working to make them every year whereas this is just a subset team of a studio that is just working on an alternative product.

    karocage said:

    November 18th, 8:55 am

    Call of Duty has three different studios who rotate producing a Call of Duty game once every three years: Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer. Last Guardian has taken way too long, for sure, but it’s not in any way comparable to CoD.

    TJ_Solo said:

    November 20th, 9:04 pm

    “They” don’t make all video games. The “they” you refer to aren’t responsible for COD. COD is made by 3 different teams.
    Your comparison is bad.

Syrlis said:

November 18th, 9:10 am

Amazon finally has the Collector’s Edition back in stock, yay! Pre-Ordered and happily awaiting this adventure. Many years have passed since it’s announcement and I’m super excited to finally get to play it! :) Thanks everyone for all your hard work in making this happen.

LeandroDiFini said:

November 18th, 9:21 am

This looks great and I can’t wait!

clupula668 said:

November 18th, 11:21 am

Super excited about it. Already pre-ordered.

Orayu- said:

November 18th, 3:41 pm

Was just checking this article to make sure its not another delay, glad game’s going to be out soon I can’t wait.

ArunTahlan said:

November 19th, 11:26 am

This is definitely going to be one of the best games of this gen. Can’t wait for my collector’s edition.

cusman said:

November 21st, 4:26 am

My most anticipated game since I got the PS3 and got to play Ico and Shadow of Colossus for first time (my launch PS3 was backwards compatible with the PS2 games).

BlongTreyLo said:

November 21st, 4:41 pm

I gotta admit, always reminds me of Appa & Avatar Aang

Welmosca said:

November 24th, 10:17 am

Hard to believe game’s gonna be released soon…still looking forward to play it but I’m sad that it ain’t a PS3 exclusive anymore and for this I’m not excited to play anymore as much as I love SotC and find one of the best games ever made…I’m not getting The Last Guardian on launch.

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