Sony confirms that Ueda will leave company following The Last Guardian’s completion

It’s been a rollercoaster year for fans of Sony’s Japanese development group known as Team Ico. The year began with us all expecting Last Guardian to be released in 2011, then it was continuously delayed, then the dev’s previous games got an HD remake, and then rumors surfaced that the company’s creative lead, Fumito Ueda, was leaving following The Last Guardian’s completion. After Sony was suspiciously quiet, the publisher has confirmed that Ueda would be parting ways with them when he finishes Guardian.

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The confirmation comes from Gamasutra, saying the Ueda was “committed to completing” his long in development game, as he works on the Guardian in a freelance capacity. Though there’s the silver lining that Last Guardian is still being made with Ueda at the helm, this is a sad moment for fans of the creators. No doubt Ueda will go on to make more games, but we wonder how Team Ico can continue without him. This seems like the end of the esteemed development group, but at least will still have one more game to look forward to.

Source: Gamasutra


  • Helo1985 - December 13, 2011 11:23 a.m.

    Why is he leaving? I'm genuinely gutted, hope Team ICO go onto even greater things. Tragic
  • Rhymenocerous - December 13, 2011 8 a.m.

    Let's hope this talented soul isn't forced to leave proper games development behind and turn to the little iphone crap (as so many have now).
  • CitizenWolfie - December 13, 2011 3:34 a.m.

    I'm sure Team Ico will still go on to create awesome games - it's not like Fumito Ueda has made all three games on his own or anything. That said, he's been a huge driving force behind the "trilogy" and hopefully his talents and ideas will be given time to shine whatever he chooses to work on. Personally I think he's a brave man for daring to make action/adventure games where you're not fighting hordes of baddies every second and showing how you can be left pretty much alone in a game world to just enjoy it.
  • marioman50 - December 12, 2011 10:40 p.m.

    Wait long enough, and your clover may turn platinum.
  • avantguardian - December 13, 2011 12:57 a.m.

  • Nikku7 - December 12, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    I'll just be glad to finally get this game. This is sad news though; I can only hope that he continues to make more great games wherever he goes. I don't know if the Last Guardian will leaving wanting more from the Ico series, or if it will be enough, but I bet I'll want more. Game design as good as his is rare.
  • iluvpkmnmonday - December 12, 2011 7:46 p.m.

    On the bright side that means he's probably never leaving,
  • LEGOMatrix - December 12, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    Hopefully it'll just mean there'll be two teams making games like the ones produced by Team Ico, and one of them may even be multiformat! Win all round surely?
  • MsSmith - December 12, 2011 6:47 p.m.


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