Sony surprised fans at E3 with new footage from “The Last Guardian,” the long anticipated video game by “Shadow of the Colossus” creator Fumito Ueda.
The game was conceived in 2007 and originally intended for a 2011 release date, but had been delayed indefinitely since. The Sony E3 announcement revealed the first gameplay footage released and a 2016 release date (or year, at least). “The Last Guardian” will be available on PlayStation 4.
“I could not be happier standing here today,” Sony Computer Entertainment President Shuhei Yoshida said at the E3 press conference. “You don’t know how long I have been waiting for this moment, to reintroduce ‘The Last Guardian.'”
“The Last Guardian” seemed like it would never come to fruition when Ueda announced he was leaving Sony in 2011. But he is still credited as the game’s director, and even stood up in the press conference audience for a round of applause.
The new footage is significantly updated from the “Last Guardian” trailer Team Ico revealed at E3 in 2009.
Responses to the reveal ranged from excited to cynical, as this isn’t the first time Team Ico promised a release date for the title.
This announcement came after Microsoft surprised consumers during their own E3 press conference, revealing that the new model of their Xbox One system will be backwards compatible with the previous generation of Xbox 360 games. If Sony wanted a way to get the conversation shifted to them, re-revealing “The Last Guardian” was the way to do it.