Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian creator Fumito Ueda has left Sony.
Japanese video game development sources indicated the 41-year-old is working on finishing oft-delayed PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last Guardian in a freelance capacity.
Ueda’s departure from Sony internal development studio Team Ico is one of the reasons for the game’s protracted development, Eurogamer was told.
Following the completion of the game, Ueda will embark on personal projects.
In September Sony reassured gamers that Team Ico was still “hard at work” on The Last Guardian, despite the high-profile PS3 exclusive missing the Tokyo Game Show.
Rumours of the cult classics ICO and Shadow of Colossus are circulating the internet and we couldn’t be more excited!
While it’s only a rumour so far, The Sixth Axis reports that the HD release, going under the name of “The Team Ico Bundle will be released Q1 2011. If this turns out to be true expect to see the T1 team celebrating at the local!
The original release of Ico for PS2 was a little underwhelming and flew under many peoples radar despite being a thoroughly brilliant game. At the time, it was mis-understood, but as recognition grew, the second hand market flourished with the original game still demanding a good price on auction sites.
This appears to be a developing trend with the Sony console with both God of War and God of War II undergoing similar treatment. If their re-release is anything to go by, we can expect a visual treat to accompany the amazing gameplay offered by both titles.