Remember PlayStation 3 exclusive Team Ico title The Last Guardian? It’s ok if you don’t – because the team that brought you ICO and Shadow of the Colossus has been rather quiet about the game that wowed just about everybody at E3 all the way back in 2009. It’s been months since we heard anything apart from the departure of team lead Fumito Ueda. He’s still working on the game in a freelance capacity, and promises there’ll be news to share.
Hey! Remember the year before last, when Sony’s PSN was taken down after a string of hacks that left 77 million people’s personal data compromised? I’d nearly forgotten the whole thing, and had assumed people were over it by now. It’s back in the news though, because Sony’s being fined by the UK’s Information Commissioners Office – who say it’s “The most serious breach” they’ve ever had to deal with.
It was rumoured last month that Fumito Ueda, lead designer of Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and as yet unreleased The Last Guardian was leaving Sony. That speculation can be put to rest, as Sony’s confirmed the venerated designer’s departure.
The rumour mill reports that Fumito Ueda. the creator of Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and the yet to be released Last Guardian has left Sony.
It won’t affect that last, highly anticipated game’s release (any more) though, because he’ll finish up the project as a freelancer.
There’s nothing like a great game from a older console to make you revise your opinion on current-gen games. The fact that this bundle of beauty has two such games only makes me think I’m right to note (some serious) problems with the gaming industry at present (as others on this site have too). The Team Ico collection – or, it’s full and proper title: “Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection: Remastered in High Definition (Exclusive Behind the Scenes Videos and More)” – is here, returning like an awesome Navy Seal uncle who laughs at petty family squabbles, after he spent years fighting tanks with a spoon.
Despite having been unveiled at last yearâ€™s E3, The latest from Fumito Uedaâ€™s Team ICO was curiously absent from this yearâ€™s event, as well as the euro-centric Gamescom.
Youâ€™ll be happy to know though that Sony has been confirmed the game will be shown off at the Tokyo Game Show â€“ which kicks off next week.
Yesterday saw the birthday of two iconic media giants. The first is Noddy, Enid Blytonâ€™s little wooden man of dubious sexual orientation. Also celebrating its birthday yesterday was Sonyâ€™s Playstation 2, one of the most successful gaming consoles in the history of the universe.
Some of my very favourite gaming moments happened on that machine, home to some of the best games ever made; Games like God of War, Okami, Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and Silent Hill 2. Itâ€™s a console that, despite its age, is still wildly popular today.
Tell us some of your most treasured Playstation 2 moments in the comments â€“ or if youâ€™re so inclined, your favourite Noddy ones.
Nick de Bruyne