Fumito Ueda Surfaces, But Not for The Last Guardian

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Wondering what Fumito Ueda is up to these days? Even after leaving Sony, Ueda has apparently continued to work on the eagerly awaited The Last Guardian, which is years in development. Sony promised the game still lives. Promised!


Ueda recently surfaced in an official Sony video. But he isn't talking about The Last Guardian. Oh, no. He's playing When Vikings Attack! with a Sony exec, a game localizer, and the guy who designed Gravity Daze. The clip is unabashed PR for the game and filmed like a Japanese variety show.

In it, Ueda sometimes wears a viking helmet and says things like, "Ah, crap" or "I practiced for this in secret, but I didn't really win by that much."

Oh. Um. The Last Guardian? Where the hell is that game? Why is he playing this? Get back to work and stop goofing off!

バイキングぽいぽい!! 対戦プレイ動画 [PlayStationJP@YouTube]

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I always like to contrast TLG's ridiculous development time with Naughty Dog's (another first party Sony studio).

Both ND and Team Ico launched their last PS2 game in 2005 and since then:

Naughty Dog has launched

1 new franchise and 2 sequels from 2007 to 2011

ANOTHER new IP to be released in 2013

That's an entire trilogy and another new IP in 8 years. One game every 2 years.

Team Ico has launched in the past 8 years exactly zero. ZERO games whatsoever. No the Ico&SOTC HD Collection does not count... and Im not even sure that collection was ported by Team Ico themselves.