The Last Guardian

Game Info

Release Date
December 7, 2016
Platforms
PlayStation 4

From Team Ico, The Last Guardian is the story of a young boy who must guide his companion through a beautiful landscape.

According to Wikipedia:

"The Last Guardian is an action-adventure game developed by SIE Japan Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. Players control a boy who befriends a giant half-bird, half-mammal creature, Trico. The Last Guardian was released worldwide in December 2016.

Team Ico began developing The Last Guardian in 2007. It was designed and directed by Fumito Ueda, and shares stylistic, thematic, and gameplay elements with his previous games Ico (2001) and Shadow of the Colossus (2005). He employed the "design through subtraction" approach he had used for his previous games, removing elements that did not contribute to the core theme of the connection between the boy and Trico.

Sony announced The Last Guardian at E3 2009 with a planned release in 2011 for the PlayStation 3. It suffered numerous delays; Ueda and other Team Ico members departed Sony, and hardware difficulties moved the game to the PlayStation 4 in 2012, drawing speculation that the game would not see release. Ueda and his studio GenDesign, composed of former Team Ico members, remained as creative consultants, with Ueda as director and Sony's Japan Studio handling technical development. The Last Guardian was reintroduced at E3 2015. Upon release, it received praise for its art direction, story, and depiction of Trico, though some criticized the gameplay."

According to PlayStation.com:

"Facing unknown dangers in a strange and mystical land, an ordinary young boy and his gigantic feathered friend must rely on each other to survive in this harrowing story of friendship and trust.

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In a strange and mystical land, a young boy discovers a mysterious creature with which he forms a deep unbreakable bond. The unlikely pair must rely on each other to journey through towering treacherous ruins filled with unknown dangers. Experience the journey of a life time in this touching, emotional story of companionship and trust.

AN UNLIKELY COMPANION

Discover a fantastical beast named Trico who will act as companion and protector, forging bond that drives an emotional and harrowing journey.

A BEAUTIFUL FANTASY WORLD

Through advanced lighting and particle effects, detailed environments, and lifelike character animation, The Last Guardian transports players to a breathtaking world filled with crumbling ruins and mysterious secrets to discover.

TRULY UNIQUE GAMEPLAY

Take control of an ordinary young boy who must communicate with his gigantic companion in order to overcome obstacles and survive mysterious dangers."