Sony Computer Entertainment at last showed gameplay footage of The Last Guardian at its E3 conference on Monday, which is now scheduled for a 2016 release on the PlayStation 4.
For the first time, SCE showed a gameplay demo of The Last Guardian. In the footage, a young boy moves around a complicated environment with the help of a huge hybrid animal creature named Trico, solving puzzles and working together through a bond of friendship.
Designed and directed by Fumito Ueda, the game is the follow-up to Team Ico’s Ico (2001) and Shadow of the Colossus (2005), both released on the PlayStation 2. The video also shows the name of a new studio called genDesign that’s now the main team working on the game, which was formed by Ueda in summer 2014 with former development staff from Team Ico.
Years of rumors concerning a troubled development and even possible cancellation surrounded The Last Guardian, which has been in the works since 2007. The game was first announced at E3 2009 for a PlayStation 3 release in 2011, but wasn’t shown at any following E3 conferences and virtually disappeared, with little information released on the project other than continual reassurances from Sony that The Last Guardian still existed.
“I could not be happier standing here today. You don’t know how long I have waited for this moment, to reintroduce The Last Guardian,” Shuhei Yoshida, president of worldwide studios for Sony Computer Entertainment, said after the reveal.
Watch the E3 gameplay footage of The Last Guardian: