TGS 2012: The Last Guardian is Still Happening
Remember how Duke Nukem Forever used to be the most popular piece of vaporware to ever not show up? When Gearbox acquired the rights to the game and finally got it finished last year, the long-running gag of Duke’s non-appearance was finished.
But this year, a new piece of vaporware has taken up Duke’s mantle: The Last Guardian, a game so elusive that the only news about it that we can rely on is when it doesn’t show up at a conference amid assurances that it still exists.
Such is the case at the Tokyo Game Show. A post on Kotaku offers up assurances from a TGS-attending Japanese developer for Sony, who requested anonymity, and who this totally believable and not-at-all desperate sounding nugget of reassurance:
“I give you my word that it exists. We are working on it. […]
There are lots of pieces to the puzzle. It’s a matter of getting them to fit together.”
Sweet! Case closed, you guys. Go pre-order that bitch now.
The reality of the situation, of course, is that the development of the game has had many public setbacks, most notably when Fumito Ueda left Sony for a new studio last year, leaving many to wonder about the state of the long-delayed PS3-exclusive project. Since then, The Last Guardian’s only presence at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo has been in the form of yet more reassurances that the game is, in fact, still being developed, and will come out on the PlayStation 3. Never mind the fact that the console is nearing the end of its lifecycle and will almost undoubtedly be replaced by Sony’s next-generation system by the holidays next year.
So that’s where this thing stands. Of course, it wouldn’t make sense to keep affirming the existence of a project that isn’t going to happen. I can’t see much in the way of a benefit for saying it’s going to come out if they have no intention of releasing it. But one thing’s for sure—if and when this game does ever see the light of day, there’s no way it’ll ever live up to the amount of attention it’s gotten. Just like Duke Nukem Forever…