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Submitted by Gwynne Dixon on December 7 2011 - 13:45

The future of Team Ico's next title becomes hazier following Fumito Ueda's alleged departure...

Yoshifusa Hayama, the Executive Producer on The Last Guardian at Sony's Team Ico studio, has resigned from his position at the company following a four year stint as the Vice-President of Sony Computer Entertainment.

Hayama-san will now join Newscorp's Bossa studio as its Creative Director, where he will spearhead the company's first 3D social game. “Together at Bossa we have plans to bring a plethora of games to Facebook and eventually other appropriate social media channels, which include 3D elements and can be enjoyed by all age and interest groups,” Hayama-san said (thanks, Develop).

The news comes following a heap of speculation surrounding the continued involvement of The Last Guardian's Lead Designer and Director, Fumito Ueda, on the project. Reports circled last week suggesting he'd departed the Team Ico studio and would finish the game in a freelance capacity – a tweet from Ueda-san two days ago confirmed that The Last Guardian had not been cancelled.

It's also now been reported that Sony has a company-wide gagging order preventing its employees from publicly discussing Ueda-san's current role at the company. Tearing the facts from conjecture at this stage is far from easy, although the news surrounding Ueda-san and now Hayama-san's confirmed departure are hardly good omens for The Last Guardian.

At the very least, it appears as if Team Ico's long-delayed title, which has been missing in action from all the major game conventions this year with no sign of a revised release date (having previously been slated for a 2011 launch), is still alive even if it has taken a bit of a pummelling of late. Hopefully Sony will be able to clear up some of the speculation surrounding the game in the not too distant future...

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By: Anonymous

Added:Mon 09th May 2011 14:49, Post No: 6

@ post no5,  it has been delayed until 2012 mate.  read the news article at the top of this page.

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By: Anonymous

Added:Mon 09th May 2011 14:31, Post No: 5

no news on this for a while, whats going on please tell me.

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By: Anonymous

Added:Fri 17th Sep 2010 22:29, Post No: 4

Trico, wot a name! lol

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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 04th Jun 2009 01:59, Post No: 3

Yeah the mystery game has now been revealed as TRICO (The last guardian) :)

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By: Anonymous

Added:Wed 08th Oct 2008 22:11, Post No: 2

holy love i hope SOOOOOOOO sugar MUCH that they make another shadow of the collosus

By: SegaBoy

Added:Fri 25th Jan 2008 13:37, Post No: 1

The shadow at the top of the picture looks like a head with horns in their early stages of forming - hmmmm...