“I think I’m creating something very different.”
Fumito Ueda is a lot of things – visionary, genius, auteur – but quick and punctual is not one of those. Two of the three games he has made – ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, The Last Guardian – have seen multiple, chronic delays, and even platform changes, with The Last Guardian having been a punchline due to its consistent no-show for years before its eventual release last year.
However, for his next game – which we still know little about – Ueda says he wants to get the project finished quickly. “I would like to finish a game as soon as quickly possible,” he said to Eurogamer, also adding a bit about the development issues faced by The Last Guardian. “Many problems were responsible for The Last Guardian taking a very long time.”
He also shared some insight into the next game he has in mind. “The last three games we created I didn’t intend to be very similar to each other,” he said. “When I start to create a game, always I think we will create something different. But the result was that in the three games there are some similarities. There’s a moment when one game links with another, but I didn’t put it in at the start, it happens in the process.
“So now, I think I’m creating something very different, but the end result? I can’t say.”
Whatever it is, we can be completely confident that it will be worth the wait. Let us hope that we get to play the game sooner rather than later.