Fumito Ueda, creator of The Last Guardian, quits Sony

The head of Team Ico.

The creator of The Last Guardian and head of Team Ico, Fumito Ueda, has left Sony and is now working on the yet-to-be-released PlayStation 3 exclusive in a strictly freelance capacity, according to a report from Eurogamer.

The site has been informed that the 41-year-old’s departure from internal development is one of the reasons why The Last Guardian has been delayed. Once the game is completed, Ueda will move on to personal projects.

Even though the title was not present at the Tokyo Game Show, Sony assured gamers in September that Team Ico was still “hard at work” on The Last Guardian. It was originally set for a “late 2011” release, but has now been pushed back to a vague 2012.

“It’s been very difficult in terms of seeing the progress: not as fast as we’d been hoping for, and the team has been under big pressure,” said SCE Studios President Shuhei Yoshida about the game a month prior.

Ueda also created Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, both PlayStation 2 classics that were recently re-released in an HD bundle titled The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection back on September 27.

Sony has responded to the story, stating that the company “doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation.”



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