In the latest issue of Edge Magazine, the highly anticipated video game The Last Guardian was highlighted as this months’ featured game. Edge was given exclusive hands-on gameplay and also an interview with the game creator himself, Fumito Ueda; who further more reconfirmed The Last Guardian’s release to be this year.
“Since this is the year we will see the game’s release, I do have some worries, but I’m also very excited.”
As stated by Edge Magazine:
“The preview introduces a new gameplay mechanic in which the human boy character wields a mirrored shield. Holding circle ‘illuminates’ the device, shining what is ostensibly an ornate crosshair onto any surface it’s aimed at. Trico can fire a devastating beam of red lightning from its tail, and will direct this power wherever we point the mirrored shield.”
Edge also noted on Trico’s simplicity to overcome obstacles, however, he does have vulnerabilities. “One area a little later in the demo sees us emerge high up from the wall of a huge cave that holds an underground lake. We immediately take the opportunity to leap into the clear water below, diving underneath the surface and exploring the muffled underwater world for a time. On resurfacing, we find Trico timidly pawing at the edge of the drop, refusing to jump. It is, after all, part cat.”
“It would be a lie to stay that I have no worries, but another game where you can completely control a creature wouldn’t be enjoyable for me because there are a lot out there where you can do that. I think I’ve had enough of them. Trico (creature) isn’t like the cute pets that exist in other games, or an ally that’s really useful. The role of the creature is ambiguous; that’s something we wanted to express in the game, and it doesn’t always do what you ask it to do. That’s one of the themes of The Last Guardian. It’s something that’s difficult, and completely different. I want to create the next thing – an experience that people have never had before.” – Ueda
The Last Guardian is set for a 2016 release, however, neither a date or month have been officially announced. Gamestop has the title slated for a December 2016 release’ which has led many to believe the game could be released in early 2017. The Last Guardian will be featured at this year’s E3 event, where we reckon to hear more from Sony and its developers.