Last week, Eurogamer reported that Fumito Ueda, head of Team Ico, had decided to leave Sony. While their source (whose identity was not revealed) divulged that this accounted for some of the development delay, the project would not be abandoned; rather, he would remain "in a freelance capacity." 1UP reports that Ueda has been largely silent as of late; though a tweet from earlier today noted that The Last Guardian is still in development. Neither Sony nor Ueda have commented on the prospective departure - Eurogamer's source claims that the Team Ico director "will embark on personal projects" after the game's departure - with Sony refusing to comment on "rumor and speculation."
So whether Ueda and Sony's joint "mum is the word" stance is passive confirmation or not - personally, I tend toward this, despite the understandable reluctance to feed the great rumor mill that is the internet - is anyone's guess. Whatever the case may be, I'm just happy to see that The Last Guardian is still on its way and, as an added benefit, that my recent purchase of a crying handkerchief was not made in vain. My preferred color is gray, representing melancholy and bittersweet recollections of all that was, and all that could have been for the adorable cat/bird-thing, which definitely is not doomed to die by virtue of its cuteness. I view warm fuzzies with utmost suspicion; they are not to be trusted, and all to often serve as little more than a prelude to a fortnight of binge eating, watching sad movies, and a prescription for whatever antidepressant some whitecoat feels compelled to shove down my Rocky Road-coated gullet. On that note, I renew my challenge to Team Ico: Teach us no lessons about love and loss, forsake any potential "coming of age" nonsense, and leave Griffon Cat alone, you prospective sickos. Let my little boy heart have hope in hope again. The Last Guardian still has no solid release date, though it is expected to hit store shelves sometime in 2012.
So what do you think, gamers? Are you excited for The Last Guardian, do you have an opinion on Ueda's possible departure, or, most important of all, do you have a preferred color for your own crying handkerchief? Sound off in the comments section below!