E3 2015: The Last Guardian Walkthrough
Back at E3 in 2009, Sony unveiled the third title from Japanese developer Team Ico. It featured a small child with his giant feathered companion, which resembled a griffin. This game was called The Last Guardian. The unveiling was nothing more than a trailer, but it embedded an emotional connection that many gamers already felt between the young boy, and his pet. It ended up winning many E3 awards that year, but once the show ended, it went dark. The game disappeared from existence. Later, Sony would break the dreadful news that it was canceled.
A few young hopefuls every year, around this time during the expo, would hope Sony would once again reveal the title to the world. Eventually it would be forgotten, and many of us just accepted its cruel fate.
What felt like a slap in the face, there was rumor starting to bubble up around the Internet that the game was back on track and it was going to make an appearance at this year’s E3. Many outlets were covering it, and once again there was hope. Would this be the year? As it turns out, it was!
To kickoff their press conference this year, Sony decided to drop us a bomb and revealed gameplay footage of The Last Guardian running on PlayStation 4 hardware. Is it everything we hoped for? Hard to tell. Realistically it looks like what Sony was showing off back in 2009, with very minor visual enhancements. But that’s not entirely a bad thing, considering the game already looked gorgeous back then and still does today. And honestly, Team Ico games are timeless, and they’ve never really relied on its visuals to tell a story that’s unparalleled in the industry.