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Update: Sony's silence on the rumors regarding The Last Guardian creator Fumito Ueda's employment status with developer Team Ico was conspicuous, but now the company has come clean.
Gamasutra reports that it has received an official statement from Sony confirming Ueda's departure from the developer and the project. However, Sony also says that he is finishing his work on the game as a contractor and is "committed to completing" it – confirming the initial rumor.
Last week there was also a report that executive producer Yoshifusa Hayama had left Team Ico.
No official release date has been given for the title.
Update: Last week it was reported that Fumito Ueda, the creator of The Last Guardian, was finishing the game on a freelance capacity and that he had left Sony. Although we're no closer to the truth, Ueda has addressed the situation himself.
Ueda has recently tweeted in Japanese: "Recently, I have been getting a lot of questions…don’t worry, as usual, I’m still working hard on The Last Guardian." It's certainly not as in-depth of an update as we were hoping for, but on the bright side: At least half of the original rumor is true, and Ueda isn't totally abandoning the promising project.
Sony still has not officially commented on Ueda's status.
Original Story: Fumito Ueda, creator of ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, and the still-unreleased The Last Guardian, has reportedly left Sony.
According to sources speaking to Eurogamer, Ueda is currently finishing The Last Guardian in a freelance capacity. The unconfirmed report cites Ueda's exit as one of the reasons the game continues to remain unfinished. It says Ueda will begin work on "person projects" once The Last Guardian is complete.
The long-awaited PlayStation 3 exclusive was originally scheduled to ship this holiday, but Sony delayed the title until 2012.
A Sony spokesperson told Game Informer the company does not comment on rumor or speculation.
That he is leaving Sony it's good news for gamers all over, we gamers are the winners here because now we'll be able to enjoy his talents no matter what console we own.
It would be a *** shame if he quit creating games altogether. He is one the most creative minds in the gaming industry.
this isn't good, I was looking forward to The Last Guardian, and i can't wait to play it. But I don't want it to be cancelled all together.
man, i hope the game still comes out. It was shaping up so well and then this...
I'm still planning on getting the HD collection since I never had a chance to play Ico or SotC last gen but everythig about this game was sounding great. Here's to hoping it gets finished!
I Still want to play this game.
First, it's just a rumor. Hopefully, Ueda is still working with Sony to bring us awesome games. Second, if he were to leave, it says he will finish Last Guardian.
Well if he has left/ is leaving I hope it's what he personally wants. Also hopefully they are finishing this game cause it looks too cool. I really wanna play it lol
Not good rumor. >:(
A rumor is a rumor.
wait for official announcements, if they actually do so regarding such matters.
WTF is a person project?
Well i hope it's just a rumor..:(
I wish Mr. Ueda all the best in his personal projects. I can't wait to see what he has in store for us after The Last Guardian, which I am quite excited for and have been since it's initial announcement.
Two SCEA execs announced their departures this morning, Steinberg and Dyer. Along with Dille leaving earlier in the year, this is starting to resemble rats leaving a sinking ship...
Maybe now it will go multi platform? Hopefully, but I'm not getting my hopes up.
I wouldnt worry too much about him. If he was that high up in Sony, a huge corporation, he will have no problem findin a good job somewhere else.
Ugh I want this game soooo bad. Just need a little more patience.