Leave it to E3 to make something as simple as “yes or no” much more complicated. Despite Jack Tretton saying that The Last Guardian was on hiatus, the head of Sony’s worldwide studios told Kotaku that, no, in fact, the game was not on hiatus:
“That hiatus term—I’m not a native English-speaking person—but that’s misleading. The game is in active development. [Lead designer Fumito] Ueda-san shared updates a few months ago. Nothing has changed. My answer is, ‘Yes, the game is in active development.’ It’s not hiatus at all. But we are not ready to reintroduce it. When we are ready, we will do that. Please wait.”
So it’s not on hiatus. But you can’t see it. Still. Okay. Let’s go with that today.
It’s a universal constant, a law of the universe that cannot be ignored. Somewhere, somehow, there’s got to be that essential piece of vaporware that makes headlines by virtue of its non-existence. For the longest time, the most infamous piece of vaporware was Duke Nukem Forever, an appropriate title for a game that had been in development for over ten years. When it was finally finished by developer Gearbox Software in 2011, gaming’s longest-running joke finally had its punchline. As such, a new King of Vaporware had to be crowned.
Enter The Last Guardian. While it hasn’t been kicking around as long as DNF, gamers have long been hearing about the Sony-exclusive game from Ico and Shadow of the Colossus designer Fumito Ueda since 2007. Every year, we learn that, no, the game isn’t done, and, no, we don’t know when it’s coming out.
At last year’s E3, The Last Guardian didn’t make it to the show-floor, citing “technical difficulties.” Since then, Sony’s offered drips and drabs in terms of statements—saying in August that it’s still in development, saying in September that it’s still in development, saying in November that it can’t confirm a 2013 release, and then apologizing for not talking about it at the PS4 reveal event in February. It’s most recent appearance was on the official E3 website last week…but it was removed as quickly as it appeared.
So that brings us to today: apparently The Last Guardian is officially “on hiatus,” whatever that actually means. The news comes via Sony Computer Entertainment of America president and CEO Jack Tretton, who dropped the news—and apparently nothing else—during a conversation with GameTrailers’s Geoff Keighley:
Jack Tretton just confirmed Last Guardian is "on hiatus."
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) June 11, 2013
In fact, I’m gonna go one step further than simply reporting this news and address Sony directly: you don’t have to hide it anymore, Sony. This game—this game is never going to come out. Just cancel it, put it away, and I promise, we won’t bring it up again.
Well, okay, that’s not true—we’ll totally bring it up again. But still, quit clowning around and put this eagle-dog-thing out of its misery already.