The Last Guardian is narrower than Shadow of the Colossus, less of a "video game". Also, screens!

It might seem odd to describe a game featuring a 100 foot eagle-bear-cat as having a narrow canvas, but the new comments from Team Ico boss Fumito Ueda make a fair bit of sense in context. A fair bit of very promising, gushingly exciting sense.


Contrasting the team's first two games, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, as "computer entertainment" and "a video game" respectively, Ueda-san has described the upcoming Last Guardian as being in the former camp. Said terminology seems to be his short-hand for comparing smaller, more intimate adventures with sweeping action epics, and his statements regarding TGL's new gameplay details seem to back that up. 

He explains that unlike SotC's gigantic, free-roaming kingdom, TLG's location is based around a single environment, the sprawling, sun-bleached castle we've seen so much of in the trailers. Although this doesn't mean that the game will be spent entirely in stoney, enclosed areas of light and shadow - the setting will be an extensive and eclectic environment - it does bode for rather a different kind of journey.

It seems the relationship between the boy and beast will be a genuine progression throughout the game. At first the big furry feathered fella will be completely indifferent to his small human companion, ignoring his influence and buggering off on his own to do whatever he feels like doing. Given time though, familiarity, trust, and a real bond will build, giving the two the kind of inseparable, understanding, emotionally-close dynamic that Team Ico will use to ABSOLUTELY CRUSH ALL OUR HOPES should they choose to kill one of them off at the end. Which I personally don't reckon they will. But we'll see.

Either way, manliness at the door and hankies at the ready when The Last Guardian hits the PS3 this winter. Otherwise you're doing it wrong. Want more screens in the meantime? Check out the full batch of new ones from GDC.

Sources: This one and this one 


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  • Shuuvuia - March 7, 2011 6:06 a.m.

    Henceforth, The Last Guardian shall be named "The Guardian Last" based on the end of the second paragraph.
  • soranamineforever - March 5, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    To be fair, they announced from the beginning that this game would be closer to Ico in terms of gameplay and style, so this isn't much of a suprise. Still, when I lay down 60 bucks for a video game, I sure as hell better be playing a video game, METAL GEAR SOLID 4.
  • nnnnhgt434 - March 4, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    I completely believe that TLG will be just as devastating as the previous games, I know that It's an obvious direction to go but It's why everyone has had such an impact from them. Might be a bit sadistic but I would be a bit disappointed if Torico/Trico simply went flying in the sunset with the kid on his back and lived happily ever after at the end..
  • CitizenWolfie - March 4, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    I'm a bit disappointed it's going to be closer to Ico gameplay wise but I've got faith in them to pull it off. @Clovin64 - I like the idea of a backwards-trilogy. Maybe at the end(beginning?) the characters in this game will unleash the Demon God thing that guides you in SOTC. Just a guess.
  • StrayGator - March 4, 2011 9:09 a.m.

    BDD101: I'm aware of the different style they went for (I too belong to the "reality is overrated anyway" school of design), but looking at the glaring light from hatches in otherwise poorly lit alleys/rooms in BF3, those dramatic effects could give more gravity (or even romanticize) the shots above - Especially because you want to convey a fantasy setting.
  • ohms - March 4, 2011 5:16 a.m.

    @NightAce84 And I don't get people who complained about how the game he never interested not interested him in the thread of the said games neither.
  • NightAce84 - March 4, 2011 4:31 a.m.

    I really don't get games like Heavy Rain and now TLG. I want to play my games. If I wanted to watch a movie, I'd watch a movie.
  • minimaxi - March 4, 2011 2:33 a.m.

    okay, now I can set my expectation accordingly, but it's still high :D
  • Revanjd - March 3, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    Odd looking game. Can't wait to play it!
  • beandipdragon101 - March 3, 2011 10:48 p.m.

    @StrayGator It's just a different artstyle dude. BF3 is going for realistic. This isn't. I prefer The Last Guardian's graphics
  • KingQuestion - March 3, 2011 10:01 p.m.

    Well, i'm glad my video game is not a video game.
  • StrayGator - March 3, 2011 9:45 p.m.

    dunno, after seeing the latest BF3 trailer, these screenshots look almost last-gen by comparison.
  • yasmarc - March 3, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    I get the feeling Team Ico smells their own farts. Just sayin'.
  • Turboash - March 3, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    I just released... again.
  • Clovin64 - March 3, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    The Backwards-Trilogy theory sound like the best one to me. Also, I no longer believe that one of the characters will be killed at the end. It just sounds too obvious... everyone is expecting a sad ending involving death. It'll probably be something different. Anyway, I can't wait for this and I hope it doesnt get pushed back to a 2012 release.
  • MJHAYLETT - March 3, 2011 1:44 p.m.

    @ThatsWhatSheSaid - its kind of a reverse Trilogy. So TLG is thought to be the first part - Giant Cat Eagle thingy. SOTC - Giant Colossi came from Giant Cat Eagle thingy????. Ico - Horned boy came from SOTC ???? So its a loose theory and probably not true but its nice to think about.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - March 3, 2011 12:58 p.m.

    @ThatsWhatSheSaid I think that the horned beby at the end of SOTC was a direct link to Ico,so there's gotta be some kinda link from Ico to TLG or from TLG to SOTC.
  • ThatsWhatSheSaid - March 3, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    has der been any knowing links between the 3 games (i.e said aloud by developers) or is it all hearsay and 'wink, wink' implied. like the horned baby in SOTC being Ico. etc etc

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