The Last Guardian/ ICO & Shadow of the Colossus PS3 remakes: everything we know from TGS

If I had a shiny pound coin for every time I posted an article relating to a Team ICO game, I'd be rich. Rich I tells you! Moving past my dreams of sunning myself on Colossus-endorsed dosh on a beach in the Bahamas, this year’s Tokyo Game Show has been absolutely massive for fans of the Japanese developer. Not only have we been treated to a surprisingly upbeat new trailer for The Last Guardian, but Fumito Ueda even treated us to a quick video of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus on PS3.

First off, lets cast our peepers on some new Last Guardian-based loveliness…

Thoughts? Well, it’s all a bit surprisingly jovial and happy, ain’t it? Maybe it was the Miller’s Crossing music. Perhaps it was the fact we were convinced the colossally cuddly Trico was going to bite it come the end credits. But we were honestly expecting Guardian to follow in the melancholy size 200 footsteps left by Shadow of the Colossus. Not that we’re complaining, of course. A more upbeat adventure after Team ICO's fairly sober PS2 classics could well be a refreshing change. Even the hand-drawn Sony logo at the start of the video suggests the developer is taking itself a little less seriously this time out.

Above: D'awwwwwww, what a handsome couple

At the TGS presentation, Fumito Ueda (the game’s director) also offered some damn tantalising nuggets of information. First off, he alluded to the dynamically changing environments, although he was understandably reluctant about giving too much away. Our take? Trico’s huge weight will most likely cause many structures in the environment to crumble and collapse (just look at the bridge near the end of the video). This will probably mean you’ll have to constantly look for new ways to traverse the environments with the boy, as the elephant in the room or… eh, huge griffin beastie, accidentally destroys potential paths.

Above: Honestly, you just can't take 50-foot long monsters anywhere these days

From the glimpses we’ve seen, it looks like the game might well be closer to ICO than Colossus in spirit. Trico may look like it has more in common with the latter’s towering beasts. But we suspect guiding it about will actually mean it’ll share more in common with ICO’s princess Yorda. At any rate, the game looks like it predominantly revolves around controlling your giant pal with food and other treats in return for it helping you to navigate the game world and also for protection against those creepy looking guards.

Above: Prepare for a twatting Mr. Guard

Also, is it us or does the creature’s size seem to alter throughout the trailer? We’ve watched it several times now and reckon you can definitely see it looking noticeably older and leaner at certain parts. This could well suggest Trico is a mere baby when the adventure begins, but quickly matures over the course of the game.

Ueda was keen to dismiss the theory that the game will end on a sad note, which probably explains the tonal shift from previous trailers. He said the relationship between the two will be uneasy at first (do we smell a buddy comedy on the cards?), but the pair would eventually form a bond. Fumito admitted there might be a link between Guardian and its PS2 predecessors. And no matter how hard we try to convince ourselves otherwise, we still think Trico and the boy could suffer a tragic fate and end up becoming Dormin/one of the first Colossi.

Above: We sense a puzzle in the offing

The animation was also given a special mention and the director seems to be dang proud of it, paying particular credit to the way characters’ eyes now convincingly convey emotion. <sniff> We’re welling up here.

The bad news? Ueda admits his team is ‘aiming’ for a holiday 2011 release, which sounds horribly like an early 2012 date to us. Woah, there. Step back from that balcony. No need to do yourself in just yet, because the genius developer finally revealed a trailer for the PS3, HD remakes of ICO and Colossus…

Excitingly, he said that it wasn’t as simple as just porting the PS2 versions to PS3, which makes us think they’ve probably been buffing the textures up for our plasma tele boxes. What’s certain, though, is the frame-rate for Colossus will definitely be given a thorough work over. And Ueda is aiming to get the game running at a stable 30 fps. In other news, which is potentially so exciting you’ll suffer mild coronary failure, that, or you simply won’t give a shit; both games will support stereoscopic 3D. Yay?

Above: HD hand-holding. Surely what plama TVs were designed for?

For all those who don’t have shiny new mega TVs, just console yourself with the fact both titles will offer Trophy support, come in a single bundle and will be out in Spring 2011. Right, anyone got any ideas on how we can kill seven or eight months? Does someone have a deck of cards we can borrow?

Above: Oh God. Colossus 13 in HD. Colossus 13 in HD! Deep breaths now. Deep breaths

Source: Kotaku

Hungry for some more stunning shots? Then why not visit our Last Guardian and ICO and Shadow of the Colossus: The Collection image galleries we've just handily hotlinked you towards.

Sep 16, 2010




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  • Metroidhunter32 - September 25, 2010 5:14 p.m.

    I don't like the happier tone of Last Guardian, but I'm excited for the Shadow/Ico remakes. The Shadow especially.
  • Thequestion 121 - September 17, 2010 6:11 p.m.

    YES!! I can't wait to play Ico and Shadow of the Colossus on the PS3!!!
  • ramenbox - September 17, 2010 12:58 p.m.

    After hearing great stuff from ICO and Shadow of the Colossus players, I've always wanted to try them. Since HD versions will be coming soon, I wouldn't need to get the PS2 ones. Gosh, these games sure look amazing.
  • philipshaw - September 17, 2010 12:11 p.m.

    I was wondering when someone was going to mention that the music in the last guardian trailer was the Miller's Crossing music,just watched that recently and thought of The Last Guardian when hearing the music. Can't wait for this because it means I don't have to pay £28 for a pre owned copy of SOTC
  • Ninja-KiLLR - September 16, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    with all the hype u GR guys do for ico/sotc i will have to buy this when it comes to see what all the hype is about
  • NightCrawler_358 - September 16, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    Now this is better than some screenshots!!
  • santaclouse37 - September 16, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    OK, just saying, first of all, FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKK YES. I refuse to read any previews or watch any videos for the Last Guardian because both Ico and SOC were spoiled for me back in the day and I want this to be a totally isolated experience. Second, Shadow of the Colossus is quite possibly the only game in the universe I might consider worth shelling out for 3D glasses. Seriously, can you image what it would be like if the 3D was done well, looking down from the head of a living, moving skyscraper?
  • enlargedhousecats - September 16, 2010 9:12 p.m.

    I need $340
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 16, 2010 9:06 p.m.

    Jesus f*cking christ i want to play these games now.
  • Bawheidbob - September 16, 2010 7:15 p.m.

    Always wanted to play these two games and looks like i will get my chance.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - September 16, 2010 7:10 p.m.

  • c03n3nj0 - September 16, 2010 6:57 p.m.

    I said to myself I would get a p3 when the Last Guardian and SoTC/Ico come to the ps3. I.... may have to keep that promise.
  • Turboash - September 16, 2010 6:46 p.m.

    Sweet god damn I can't wait for these games! I'm actually playing SotC right now, maybe I'll wait for the HD one. That bird-dog in The Last Guardian is as good as dead though... and I'll cry like a baby too! lol
  • Imgema - September 16, 2010 5:52 p.m.

    A shadow of Colossus in HD and 60 fps will be the best game ever made in the known universe the last 78.000 years.
  • Clovin64 - September 16, 2010 4:46 p.m.

    The Last Guardian is going to have a lighter tone and isnt going to have a sad ending? Bull crap. They're just trying to get us off guard by telling us its going to be a happy game, then Trico will bite the dust, and we will all drown in our own tears. On another note... COLOSSUS 13 IN HD! COLOSSUS 13 IN HD! OH SWEET GOD! THE GREATEST EFFING BOSS BATTLE EVER IN EFFING HD!
  • crumbdunky - September 16, 2010 4:15 p.m.

    I've been thinking about playing SotC with a frame rate that actually doesn't stop at points in the colossi battles and t5ears did nearly well to bursting in my little eyes! Both Ico and SotC are amazing, not just as games, but for the emotions they can coax out of those playing them-rarely have I felt games the way I felt these two when I first played them(though I've never finished Ico as my dog scratched the disc before I had and when I tried to rebuy it last year it was plenty expensive!)and as both were under played for their quality the chance of them reaching more gamers is a great one. As for TLG being lighter ion tone? I'm all for it. TI havew shown they can do a fair range of emotion already and making this one their happiest ever makes perfect sense for a developer keen to stretch their creative muscle and Ueda always strikes you as really caring about his games. Amazing trailer and an article NEARLY as gushing as it would have been had you lot been daft enough to allow me to do it!! Whoever said up top that they'd give up on gamers if this failked to sell well has me completely in agreement. I don't really have much hope for a world of gamers capable of buying untold copies of Just Dance and yet ignoring pure beauty like the stuff coming out of Team Ico's stable. Great hints at the game play as well and I'm expecting some amazing results and de5th of polish when we finally get our mitts on this one.
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 16, 2010 4:05 p.m.

    That is still such a long time. However, anything too anticipated feels that way. I remember feeling that time would seem to stretch forever the year before GTA4 released, and now it's been two years since it came out. It's good that the Collection, if it truly is a double-game collection, is coming out in the spring to get my Ico fix sooner than Holiday.
  • Evil_AppleJuice - September 16, 2010 3:53 p.m.

    holiday 2011? HOLIDAY 2011????? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :'(
  • smallberry - September 16, 2010 3:53 p.m.

    All they need to do is replace the soundtrack with some Godsmack and POD and it will be perfect!!
  • KielbasaNinja - September 16, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    Dear GR staff, Thank you for being so completely thorough in all your features, but please stop teasing me with all this Ico goodness. I am rapidly developing an extreme case of anxiety due to pleasantly stimulating A/V overload. What did I ever to deserve this wonderful torture? Sincerely, Sh*tting myself in Chicago.