Team ICO Hasn't Reached "Critical Production" Status Yet
Earlier, president of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, spoke about the confidence he has in Team ICO leader, Fumito Ueda. He also semi-joked that it may still be four years off, but Ueda himself has just confirmed that their PS3 project isn't rolling just yet.
According to the Videogaming247 blog and a recent interview given to UK gaming publication gamesTM, Ueda has revealed that the game - whatever it may be - hasn't hit the "critical stage of production," which probably means we're a ways from seeing the first media. Here's what Ueda had to say in a statement regarding the highly anticipated Team ICO PS3 exclusive:
"Im not feeling any pressure at the moment because time is not critical yet. Production has not reached the critical stage. The company is very reasonable thanks to my achievements in the past. So, although I do get pressurised, thats not happened yet [on the current project], and thats something I feel gratitude for, that the company gives us the opportunity to focus by giving us time. Im working on a PlayStation 3 title. Thats as far as I can go."
As Yoshida clearly hinted at, Sony really won't be pressuring Ueda and Co. to rush this project, which is why Team ICO certainly shouldn't feel rushed. But at the same time, this may translate to gamers being in the dark for the remainder of 2008; we had hoped to see an official unveiling at either the Leipzig Convention or the Tokyo Game Show. But perhaps we'll have to wait a bit longer...
8/5/2008 Ben Dutka