Sony: Team ICO Cooking Up Something "Really, Really Good"
By a show of hands, who here expects Team ICO's next-gen project to be "really, really good?" Yeah, we thought so. And it seems like Sony Worldwide Studios head man Shuhei Yoshida has promised a great effort from the guys that brought you ICO and Shadow of the Colossus.
According to an interview with Yoshida in the upcoming OPM, he says Fumito Uedo, who was mostly responsible for the aforementioned titles, is one hell of a designer (duh). He first provided us with a little interesting history regarding the stellar and unique ICO:
"I started the ICO project. Ueda-san joined my team in Japan as a cinematic animator, but he created a short movie and presented it to me and said, 'I want to make this game.' I said, 'Yes, lets do it, but you have never made a game. We have to have experienced people do it,' so it took a while, recruiting one person at a time. And because Fumito Ueda doesn't compromise, we had to move the development from PSone to PlayStation 2. Then I couldn't complete the game because I moved to the United States." (source- NeoGAF)
As for the PS3 game that's in the works - the game that didn't make it to E3 - Yoshida says very simply that while "they haven't released a PS3 title yet," it'll be "really, really good." Of course, he jokes that it will take four years like ICO did...at least, we hope it's a joke. SotC released in 2006, which would put the new project at 2010, and that's just too late for the fans. Bring it out ASAP, Team ICO!
8/4/2008 Ben Dutka