TGS 09: The Last Guardian – New Video and Double-Dose of Interviews

One of the most impressive videos to be unveiled at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo was the trailer for The Last Guardian for the PlayStation 3. And at the Tokyo Game Show, the game has made an encore appearance with a brand new video.

But before that, the video below features an interview with Fumito Ueda, Director and Game Designer for Team ICO. After the Ueda interview, the video fades to black momentarily, so don’t be alarmed.

Interesting; to me, it feels like this might have been the better trailer to roll out first, with the one they revealed at E3 coming now. I guess they wanted a bigger bang in June, but as a follow-up, this video felt comparatively lacking.

It still looks great, don’t get me wrong, I just think they got their progressive build-up backwards.

In addition to the above, Joystiq managed to catch up with Ueda for a brief interview with the hopes of shedding a little more light on the game.

In addition to explaining the eccentricities behind the Japanese name for the game and how the project name relates to Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, Ueda also spoke of the possibility of PlayStation Network support. “There are some plans,” he says, “but it’s really a big question mark whether it will be realistically achievable. So, I can’t really explain the content of it.”

Joystiq notes that many gamers might have missed out on The Last Guardian’s two predecessors, and ask if Ueda or Sony have any plans to re-introduce Ico or Shadow of the Colossus on the PlayStation 3. Ueda responds that while “there isn’t any concrete activity on that,” it is something in which he has great interest.

Finally, Sony Computer Entertainment’s Shuhei Yoshida once referred to Team Ico as “Sony’s Olympic Team” for their ability to release a high-quality game every four years, but The Last Guardian won’t make that kind of deadline. When asked why that was the case, Ueda simply replied, “We initially had difficulty in understanding the PS3.”