The Last Guardian is Still Coming Out in 2016

The Last Guardian Game Director, Fumito Ueda, has re-confirmed that The Last Guardian is still slated to launch in 2016.

Edge Magazine got to go hands-on with The Last Guardian, and during a Q&A session, asked the legendary designer if the game was still coming out this year. He did confirm that PS4 owners will get their hands on the game in 2016.

“Since this is the year we will see the game’s release, I do have some worries, but I’m also very excited.”

Edge was also shown a brief gameplay demo showing off a new gameplay mechanic. In the demo, our young hero wielded a mirrored shield that illuminates when holding circle. The illumination creates a crosshair that, when aimed a surface, causes Trico (the cat-like creature) to unleash red lightning from its tail at the target. The demo mainly focused on environmental puzzles, but it will likely be useful in combat as well.

Ueda also took the time to talk about the creature, Trico. The team has worked hard to make him as authentic and unpredictable as possible. To do this, Ueda and his team needed to write a lot of code, but believe they have created something truly special that has not been done before.

“This creature isn’t like the cute pets that exist in other games, or an ally that’s really useful. The role of the creature is ambiguous; that’s something we wanted to express in the game, and it doesn’t always do what you ask it to do. That’s one of the themes of The Last Guardian. It’s something that’s difficult, and completely different. I want to create the next thing – an experience that people have never had before.

“The amount of code is very large compared to AI in conventional games. We’ve given this creature its own desires, so depending on what action it wants to take, that affects everything, including its animation. It’s not like a normal humanoid character.”

The Last Guardian was originally announced at E3 2009 for the PS3, but quickly became vaporware. The game was re-introduced at E3 2015 for the PS4 with a 2016 release window. Now we know that The Last Guardian will indeed make that release window. Expect to learn more about The Last Guardian at E3 2016.

Thanks, International Business Times!