Submitted by Gekko 1021d ago | opinion piece

Why The Last Guardian Will Be A PlayStation 4 Game

Sammy Barker: ''While the PlayStation 3 has played host to its fair share of genre defining titles, it’s hard to shake the feeling that it’s still missing its most important release. The hotly anticipated Team ICO title The Last Guardian was officially announced almost four years ago, but despite receiving a release date in 2010, its troubled development remains something of a mystery.

Most recently, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida noted that the team was “working very hard on the game”, including creative director Fumito Ueda, who was subject to speculation that he had left Sony in 2011. The affable executive added that the adventure remains a PS3 game – but we don’t believe him, and these are the reasons why.'' (PS3, PS4, The Last Guardian)

NastyLeftHook0  +   1021d ago
we have seen footage and know the name and know sony is probably going to announce ps4 on the 20th, so that leavs a small gap of time for the ps3 game to be released and enjoy the benefit of high sales.

As a ps4 launch title it would be much better, as this game would have the opportunity to be appretiated over more years to come instead of people just jumping ship from ps3 to ps4.
Shadow Flare  +   1021d ago
I see no problem with releasing it on ps3 regardless. This is a big game, with big anticipation, built for the ps3, and I think it should release on the ps3 as intended because it deserves the highest sales. ICO and SOTC were amazing games but they weren't mainstream games. They were made for a particular market not a mass market. And ps3 is at something like 75 million consoles sold, so Team ICO's best hope of getting a good return on the game is to release it on a huge userbase like ps3, not ps4.

Launch games on consoles are typically mainstream, not niche. Because you're trying to attract as many as possible. I think Last Guardian will be better appreciated on the ps3 userbase.

But there's no reason to limit it to one console, just release it on both. They could even put it on psn so it can be downloaded on both systems hopefully

I would just hate to see a situation where a studio as talented and imaginative as Team ICO released Last Guardian after years of waiting, just on ps4, and it gets hit with very low sales. I'd hate to see that, so for me, just keep it on ps3. Or put it on both, but definitely have it on ps3 one way or the other
j-blaze  +   1021d ago
agreed, i think the game will be released on ps3 late 2013 or early 2014, Sony would be crazy not to release the game on ps3....same goes to Square Enix with VersusXIII
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Jobesy  +   1021d ago
Not only does it deserve higher sales but I'm sure NEEDS them. This has been in production for countless years, the budget must be huge.
blackbeld  +   1021d ago
Why releasing it for PS3? If they release it for PS3 then they got only a few years left. The lifespan of the PS3 is not so long anymore.

Releasing it for PS4 they still got more then 10years left to earn more money and it will be a system seller.

Also they will get more publicity for the game. More people will notice it with the launch.

It's true the instal base is still small but then they still got at least 10 years to be noticed.

It should be launch on PS4.
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sobekflakmonkey  +   1021d ago
I personally dont care which console its on, I just want it, if its a launch title for PS4 im buying it day one with the PS4, if not and its only on PS3, im still buying it day one.
Shadow Flare  +   1021d ago
Well let me throw this little stat out there to you blackbeld

Shadow of the Colossus, released on ps2, the best selling home console ever at over 150 million consoles sold, often said to be the best game ever made on ps2 by the likes of IGN etc. has only sold 1.14 million copies.

So out of 150 million ps2's, it's sold 1.14 million copies.

This is what I mean when I say this game is made for a particular fanbase, not a mass fanbase.

If this game were to launch on ps4, it could be disastrous for Team ICO, and they could be shut down. They've already spent too long making this game, so in business terms they actually NEED high sales to survive now.

You're figuring that because its there at the start of the ps4's life, it could sell millions and millions. Well sorry, look at SOTC. The ps2 was officially stopped just what 3 months ago. And SOTC just levelled at 1.14 million.

The ps3 could realistically have at least another 5 years of life left. More then enough for people to appreciate Last guardian.

Being a launch title on ps4 would give it greater exposure, but there's always that risk that it'll just miss. It's safer to launch on ps3, and I'd hate to see Team ICO go extinct.
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Arksine  +   1021d ago
I think too much effort has been put in to developing it as a PS3 game. Restarting development on the PS4 would be a daunting task considering how different it will be from an architectural standpoint. It would not be ready for a PS4 launch. Its probably not even going to be released for the PS3 before the PS4 launches.
JoGam  +   1021d ago
It will be a system seller because gamers wants play it. If kz4 is true, another system seller.
DOMination-  +   1021d ago
Its not that sort of game. Even on ps3 it would probably sell around 800k at most. Outside of n4g people will not know about it. It will not be a system seller!

KZ4 would have the potential though. Somewhere hidden away the IP has something special. We saw glimpses in kz2 but so far its not been as great as people on here perceive it to have been.
wishingW3L  +   1021d ago
the sad true is that none of those are system sellers. Most people outside of gaming forums don't have the slightest idea that Last Guardian even exist. =/
JoGam  +   1021d ago
I hear u both but most people who wanted to play it on a ps3 will buy a ps4 to play it.
Hicken  +   1021d ago
It's not going to appeal to the masses, sure. But it's not meant to, either.

Still, the people that have been waiting for this game to release WOULD buy a PS4 for one. Announce it as a launch title, and you've got a good number of sales from that, alone.

Maybe it won't have the pull of, say, God of War, or Gran Turismo, but it'll definitely garner a few million system sales.
bullymangLer  +   1021d ago
this the main reason i bought a ps3 .the main .

if it comes out on ps4, i will be getting that ps4

either way, i got last of us waiting right around the corner.
remanutd55  +   1021d ago
At this point i would be happy if sony announce that the game is schedule to release this year, i think it could be a good decision to release it as ps4 launch title.
jay2  +   1021d ago
Got to be surely
ScytheX3  +   1021d ago
definitely see this happening and was actually predicting it, based off the situation. Aside from that perfect incentive for people to consider buying a PS4
My_Name_BTW_Is_Dante  +   1021d ago
To piss people off.

If they announce games that should've been on the PS3 years ago for the PS4 then I won't even bother getting a PS4 because they'll just announce games that won't be out until the PS5 is out and they'll put them on that instead.

If they did that I would buy the newest Xbox before I ever support another Sony console.
Neo-Axl  +   1021d ago
So.. by your logic, you'll avoid playing all the exclusive games that will be on the PlayStation 4 if this happens?

Sorry dude, but I can't take that seriously in the slightest.
TheOneEyedHound  +   1021d ago
@ My_name_btw_is_dante

So because one tiny studio had problems making a game, you are going to jump ships? GTFO you Xbox Fanchild.
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A2X_  +   1021d ago
You're not pissing anyone off. Sony has so many great IPs to handle one or two games sometimes get delayed but guess what, they still own the highest number of exclusives.

You can get the next Xbox & enjoy your usual Geow, halo & Forza. Man I'm a bad troll sometimes.
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BlaqMagiq24  +   1021d ago
Just when I thought you couldn't be any bigger of an idiot.
isarai  +   1021d ago
People SEVERELY underestimate how difficult the process of porting something to a new gen console is. It's not just drag and drop, the shit could take years depending on the complexity of the project, and seeing that TLG is said to already haven tons of technical issues(the reason given for it's current state of delays) i'd say this isn't likely in the least
BitbyDeath  +   1021d ago
Wouldn't surprise me as they were citing issues in development a few years ago. Likely moved it to PS4 back then.
Bathyj  +   1021d ago
agreed. and that would be why weve heard nothing for ages other than its still a go. they couldnt announce it was a ps4 game ayear ago when they likey shifted, all they could do is reassure us it wasnt cancelled
josh14399  +   1021d ago
god of war 2 came out for ps2 after the ps3 launched. I think it could still be a ps3 game.
TheFallenAngel  +   1021d ago
Yes but they were debating on releasing it on the PS3. It almost came out on the PS3.
Bathyj  +   1021d ago
this is my most ardent wish.

i would not even be all pissy about it skipping ps3 even though its been my most wanted game since it was announce because this is the title that would definately make me buy a PSFwoar at launch.

that and Tenchu
Neo-Axl  +   1021d ago
If this was to launch on PS4 instead, it would be purchased day 1. Much like Versus XIII alot of hype lies behind this game, through the years little pieces of information & footage have been released here n' there, only adding to the mystery of the game, adding hype upon hype.

But if it lands on PS3 instead, it will still be a day 1 purchase, but I'm starting to think Sony will push this for a PS4 release, the more exclusives available early on the faster consoles will fly, the hardcore will make the upgrade to next-gen without question.

The amount of time spent developing this game will surely pay off, the gameplay.. graphics.. music.. story.. everything has had an insane amount of time to be tweaked, upgraded, or changed altogether. Same goes for Versus XIII, the development time is staggering yet I'm sure will pay off for it.
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plaZeHD  +   1021d ago
There is noway Sony will release a game that good.
Ashlen  +   1021d ago
I laugh every time I hear anyone say The Last Guardian. I'm pretty sure that game is just a inside joke at Sony. People say things like "You think you'll get that big promotion?" "Yea lol about the same time The Last Guardian gets released."
TheOneEyedHound  +   1021d ago
I would love it to be a PS4 launch title.

Imagine the excitement, the day you buy a PS4 at launch, with The Last Guardian as your launch title.
Honest_gamer  +   1021d ago
if anything it will be on both
waltyftm  +   1021d ago
I hope to see it announced on the 20th, along with Agent and Versus 13, as ps3 exclusive's with a mid August/Christmas 2013 release date.
akaakaaka  +   1021d ago
FFvs, Agent, Getaway 3, 8 days and the last guardian coming in the first 3 months after PS4 release date? wow..

o another note..
SONY send their big boys to help and finish this baby.. this is a system seller no meter how you see it! it will sale good.. easily 4 millions.

I will like it as a PS4 launch tittle will be all I need to start next gen!
it seem like another gen anyways going by the gameplay and animation of the beast anyways.. i find it hard to believe that it's possible on the PS3 i mean just go and check bak the videos.. is just another level!

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MegaLagann  +   1021d ago
The Last Guardian for the PS4? As a launch title? Don't play with my emotions guys...

But seriously, if The Last Guardian is a PS4 launch title i'm camping outside my GameStop for months. But i'm not getting my hopes up, I've been disappointed way too many times this gen...
rataranian  +   1021d ago
Because the world just isnt ready for such awesomeness.
leogets  +   1021d ago
cant beleive this game has been in development for so so long. its gota be hoax.even the demo didnt load when it was released looool. last gaurdian my arse.
Master of Unlocking  +   1021d ago
It better still be a PS3 game, The Last Guardian on the PS3 is long overdue! Like FF Vs XIII.

List of PS3 games I want which are yet to be released:
- The Last Guardian
- Final Fantasy Versus XIII
- God of War Ascension
- Puppeteer
- The Last of us
- Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
- Beyond: Two Souls

It's really incredible that ever since it released some 6 years ago, the PS3 has constantly been offering a large range of AAA exclusives each year and looks set to be continuing to do so until its very last breath.

As a matter of fact, I can't keep up with them all and still have pretty much the whole backlog of 2012 exclusives to get yet (Twisted Metal, LBP Karting, Starhawk, PS All-Stars Battle Royale etc.) :p

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