The Last Guardian

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The Last Guardian or Hitokui no Owashi Trico is an upcoming game exclusively for PS 3. Previously the game was known as Project Trico with trico means the man-eating erne. The Last Guardian will be developed by Team Ico and since it will only release for the console of PlayStation 3, publishing work will be done by Sony Computer Entertainment. The game will be directed and designed by Fumito Ueda. Game experts are expecting Few gameplay, thematic, and stylistic elements from the previous games by Fumito as, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, will be used in The Last Guardian. The game will be released in the genre of Action-adventure and Puzzle. However, release dates are still to be confirmed by the developers, we may see the game somewhere in the year 2010. In May 2009, a concept trailer was released for the game and following it, the game was officially announced.

The game will revolve around the friendship of a boy and a giant feathered creature “sea eagle” or “erne” in the Japanese title. The game shows how they found each other as good friends. Initially the monster is shown with a large spears and arrows stuck in his back and he is bound to a chain as well. Later the monster is shown attacking an armored soldier. Most probably, the monster is freed by the boy. It is clearly observable in trailer and the screenshots that the boy is attempting to slip past and attack other soldiers. The game will be played in a third person prospective. Character controlled by the players is an unnamed boy who can jump, run, climb, upon and ride. Ueda stated that creature in the game will be driven by natural behavior and animal instincts and it will be player’s guidance, which will lead the creature. Players will have to take the advantage of the creature’s natural behavior in order to solve the puzzles. For an instance, if you want the creature to move in a specific direction then throw a barrel in that direction, this will gain creatures interest and your job is will done. Using the animal instincts is not the only use of the creature sometime in game players should find a way to make the creature silent and stand still while he completes the game.

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Partially the game will is based on the interaction between the player and horse Agro in Shadow of the Colossus. Game designers are planning to make the interaction between the boy and the animal to be more real. A full physical engine is used as the game engine in the game. This is a new feature and not seen in the previous games of Team Ico. In one scene when the boy throws a barrel and the creature eats the barrel, this is one of the scene completely rendered in the game engine. The game engine used in The Last Guardian is a modified version of AI processing. First hint for the game is as old as January 2008 on Sony Japans website. A video was released via PlayStation Lifesyle blog in May 2009, it shows an early footage of the game. The video features the music and showing the boy tries to be friendly with the monster. The trailer released at E3 2009 was completely different from the previous one. This time it included more photorealistic rendering on the remaining world. President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide stated that he is disappointed because of the leaked video. By the way its long time ahead, but from the details The Last Guardian is looking interesting and it may be a gift to the players who love puzzle settings.

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