The years-long layup leading up to The Last Guardian's release has been, Oh I just fucking know the cute dog/bird/animal thing is going to die. The death of a beloved animal pal is an easy emotional trigger that can easily backfire if done badly, but Team ICO doesn't make bad games. At the same time, unless that potential Old Yeller moment is incredibly hard-won, it's probably a bolder move to try to equal that theoretical emotional resonance in a less easy, less expected way.
I don't know how it's going to end, but I do know that The Last Guardian is real. I mean really real. This isn't just a surprise trailer, the form it appeared in at last E3. This year it got a release date and I actually got to play it. And seven years later I'm still picking up what Fumito Ueda is throwing down.... read more