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Right now, it's impossible to say with certainty if The Last Guardian will be worth the wait. But, after playing through the game's new 45-minute demo, I can definitely say it will be one of the most unusual titles to hit the PS4 this year. What I played of The Last Guardian was at times frustrating and at other times fascinating, both due to Trico, the game's bird-dog AI companion.


You might know Fumito Ueda for his two excellent and massively popular adventure games, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. He is currently busy (and has been busy for a long, long, long time) working on a spiritual successor, The Last Guardian. But what comes after that? Zombies, apparently.


It's a real tragedy that The Last Guardian has gone from one of the most anticipated games on the PlayStation 3 to a weird kind of running joke amongst those who love Fumito Ueda's work. When the initial trailer for the game was released we were dazzled, but years have passed with no word as to a concrete release date. For that, Ueda has apologised.


Are video games art? This question has been bothering gamers, journalists and critics alike for a long while. Proponents might say that art is subjective, that anything capable of eliciting a deep emotional response could be considered art. Then, perhaps, there is no greater argument for calling video games art than Team ICO's work.


I think I may have placed The Last Guardian on my 'most anticipated games' list in 2010, 2011, 2012 and I'll most certainly place it in my 2013 list -- but Sony can't guarantee the game will be released next year, which is quite alarming in context. The game has been in development for four years -- at the very least -- and with Director and Lead Designer Fumito Ueda working on a contract basis on the game, folks are sincerely speculating whether the game will ever make it to retail.


Fumito Ueda will remain at Sony as a contractor until his work on the upcoming The Last Guardian is completed, but Sony has officially confirmed to Gamasutra that Ueda has left the company's employ.


Fumito Ueda, the creator of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, doesn't give many interviews, which is why 1up's latest profile of Ueda is such an intriguing feature. Collating material from three different interviews, the piece attempts to drag interesting answers from the usually shy and retiring Ueda, and does a great job of doing so. Ueda even explains why he thinks game development is like writing Hip Hop lyrics!