The Last Guardian Remains in Development, Confirms Fumito Ueda

Fumito Ueda sheds some light on the development of The Last Guardian.

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The creator of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, Fumito Ueda, has posted a big update on the status of The Last Guardian, after many months of silence. The game was assumed to be in limbo—perhaps even shelved by Sony—since Fumito Ueda left the studio some time ago for reasons that were, until now, undisclosed.

The developer today stated that the reason he left the company was to "pursue [his] creative passions", but stated clearly that he continues to work on The Last Guardian as a freelance contributor. His update essentially debunks any theories that the game's development had been put on hold.

"While it's been a long time coming, The Last Guardian remains under my creative supervision and is still in development by an incredibly talented team," wrote Ueda on his personal blog, who stated that the game's release is decided solely by Sony Computer Entertainment and not by him or anyone else.

"Please keep an eye out for their official announcement," added Ueda, perhaps suggesting that Sony's plans for the game would be officially announced very soon. We speculate that the game's announcement could be a part of Sony's big presentation on February 20, where the publisher is expected to unveil the PlayStation 4 and a number of launch titles slated for release on the next-gen platform.

"Moving forward, it is my intent to continue my involvement with The Last Guardian project, as well as pursue new creative projects with a fresh perspective," he continued. "As I rekindle my passions as a creator, I look forward to seeing where it will take me, and I deeply appreciate your support during this transition."

Fumito Ueda has yet to make any announcements for what his future plans are, but given the caliber of his previous games, we can expect to see more from the developer, who's certain to embrace his newfound freedom as an independent dev.