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Rumor: Talk Of The Last Guardian Re-Emerges With Possible Involvement Of Mark Cerny

by Mike Futter on Jun 10, 2015 at 01:55 PM

If there's one game that has consumed the minds of PlayStation fans over the past few years leading up to E3, it's The Last Guardian. The title was first announced at E3 2009 and has since suffered delays and rumors of cancelation, while entirely missing its window to launch on PlayStation 3.

Last year, it was allegedly put on ice permanently, but that report was corrected by Sony. With the game reportedly moving forward as recently as December 2014, a PlayStation 4 release, rather than one on last-generation consoles seemed logical.

Recently, PlayStation 4 lead architect Mark Cerny was implied to be playing a role in closing out the game's development. According to Just Add Water studio head Stewart Gilary on a recent episode of the PS Nation podcast, The Last Guardian may have new custodians. 

"I did hear a funny story about The Last Guardian," Gilray says. "It's a certain somebody's software team. And that certain somebody is the guy that helped out with the architecture of Vita and PS4. I'm led to believe that his team is bringing The Last Guardian to the finish. That's all I'm saying."

We spoke with Gilray, who clarified his comments. “Cerny spoke about The Last Guardian last year saying it’s definitely still happening," Gilray told us. "It’s a Tokyo Studio project. Ueda-san even said the TLG team was working on Knack with Cerny. Adding all these elements together it seems like a good bet that he, or at least his team is involved, wouldn’t you say?”

Along with Gilray's suggestions that Cerny (or his team) is a logical choice given the known information, The Guardian published a statement this week asserting that the game will be present at E3 next week. We've reached out to Sony for comment and will update should we receive a response.

[Source: PS Nation (1 hour mark) via IGN]


Our Take
There is a lot of buzz for The Last Guardian, and these mentions might be born from hope. At the same time, there is a lot of chatter from a number of different venues, which is worth noting. We're keeping our eyes and ears open, but for now, these are multiple points of curiosity and not confirmation.