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The BBC Journalist's Big Game Was: The Last Guardian

Well, at least we've cleared it up, once and for all.

Last year a BBC tech journalist, later revealed as Darren Waters, said he saw something that completely blew him away; something that was leaps and bounds ahead of any other game he had ever seen. He wouldn't say what this amazing-looking title was at the time, and ever since, the media and gamers alike have thought and theorized. Was it God of War III? After all, David Jaffe sang similar praise for that impending masterpiece. Or was it Heavy Rain, which was later unveiled in 2008? Well, as it turns out, it was The Last Guardian, Team ICO's secret PlayStation 3 exclusive that we knew briefly as "Project TRICO." Of course, now Waters says it's "impossible" for the game to live up to expectations. Said Waters to VG247:

"I’ve carried this secret for so long that it is an incredible relief to finally be able to talk about it openly. Obviously, the length of time that has passed between my first glimpse of the game and its unveiling at E3 means that it is impossible for the Last Guardian to live up to the hype built around this so-called ’secret BBC game.'

As a passionate gamer I’m really excited to see what the final playable game will be like. Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are such great titles, and the studio behind them so talented, that while there is a lot to live up to there is plenty of reason for optimism."

Well, it was our fault for turning this into something insane over the past year or so, but Waters shouldn't beat himself about it. That trailer really was downright amazing, and his first comment about it back in February 2008 - a "step change in what games consoles are capable of in terms of story-telling and immersion" - may not be far off the mark. However, Waters doesn't like the fact that this rumor has been ammunition for PS3 fanboys over the past year; "I hate the way this game has been used as yet another stick for fanboys to hit each [other] around the head," he said.

So that's that. What is the mystery game that BBC guy saw? It's The Last Guardian. If you didn't see the E3 video, it's basically the same one that was unofficially unveiled prior to the show, but we'll try to get you the E3 one ASAP.

Related Game(s): The Last Guardian

6/3/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (46 posts)

PS3addict
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 11:04:08 AM
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So Ben,

What is the top secret game you are not letting loose about?? Has the embargo lifted on that one yet?

Please let us know what's up.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 11:07:25 AM

No, it's not at E3. We learned a few days prior that it wouldn't be.

Sorry.

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eLLeJuss
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:00:56 PM

LoL. I thought the secret game you were talking about was ffIV. You driving us crazy Ben. Can you give us at least a hint or somethihng

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Random_Steve
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 4:06:03 PM

when you look at the evidence, i've figured that it's probably got something to do with twisted metal or a new IP being made by eat-sleep-play. It hasnt been revealed at E3, PSXExtreme had that interview with Jaffe and there have been lots of articles since that interview about the potential new Twisted Metal. I may be wrong, but thats what i think.

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 11:18:14 AM
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Why in the world is he a little optimistic now? I agree with his first comment!

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Jalex
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 11:22:17 AM
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Well, it's obviously a relief to finally know.

And I have to say that the trailer for 'The Last Guardian' is one of the best I've ever seen (the trailer for 'Peace Walker' and the new one for 'Heavy Rain' were superb as well), and I downloaded it to my iPod as soon as I could for much repeat viewing.

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Arvis
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 11:31:11 AM
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About freaking time...

Can't wait for this one to come out.

-Arvis

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 11:34:40 AM

Still no Tactics, eh?

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Arvis
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 2:06:16 PM

Not sure what you're asking about. My dream is a fully-fledged sequel to the original for PS3 only. Final Fantasy Tactics 2. None of this "Advance" bullcrap.

-Arvis

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Lord carlos
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 11:39:16 AM
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i hope the kid in the last guardian dies trying to save the griiffen thing and not the other way around because i'lll probably start crying at 30 yrs old,just like at the end of MGS4!
I'm already attached to the rat/bird/lizard thing and the game ain't even out yet!
The music in the video was from the movie'Miller's crossing'by the coen brother's,my favourite movie about irish gangsters!

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tlpn99
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:14:28 PM
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Ben could you at least give us a date when you can tell us about this secret game then ?

Lol why did the company/people not reveal it at E3 it's the biggest game/console event in the industry ? Probably as there was already tons of stuff there anyway.

If Ben can't tell us the date when he can tell us about it, it could be a clue ie timewise, unless he just doesn't know and they will let him announce it in good time.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:37:55 PM

Um...later this year?

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SarahPalinMILF
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 2:22:07 PM

I think the GDC in in September...is that when you can reveal it...

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Bo0mKiiD
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:15:09 PM
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I don't know why but I really don't like the kid in this game. His face...annoys me.

P.S. Ben just tell them the secret, you can't hide me any longer ;D

Last edited by Bo0mKiiD on 6/3/2009 12:15:57 PM

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:50:11 PM

I never liked the guy from Shadow of Colossus either...

But in a game like this one it really doesn't matter

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556pineapple
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 8:29:40 PM

The people in these games always look fakey, but everything else, especially lighting, is magnificent.

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Karosso
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:20:47 PM
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Guys, did you see the PS3 Slim on Sony's Press Conference intro?

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Lotusflow3r
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:27:46 PM

That was the PS2 slim

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N a S a H
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:29:15 PM

lol dude that was obviously a PS2.

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Karosso
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:21:00 PM
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Am I going Crazy?

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Karosso
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:32:00 PM
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So shinny? and it looks to me like a PS3 etched on it not a PS2... again the video is not that great... AHHH I have to find out...

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vicious54
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:21:40 PM

I thought it was out of place as well, very shinny.

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Sir Shak
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:39:55 PM
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Hey , I posted this first in the forums . :(

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tlpn99
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 12:43:13 PM
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Thanks Ben I can just wait now :) Infamous is keeping me occupied for the time being, then hopefully Prototype etc and the list continues lol.

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vicious54
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:23:05 PM

I kind of wonder about prototype now because it is only a couple days away and there is no review yet. Infamous had a couple of reviews out at least 2 weeks before it came out.

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vicious54
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:25:04 PM
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I thought the game looked amazing, why wouldn't we be proud of what they are giving us. Just cause some people out there want to beat their chest doesn't mean you should take a step back on your statement.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:40:44 PM
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I'm pretty sure the game is the new Twisted Metal :)

Anyway, does anyone know if all that footage is supposed to be real time? It seems like towards the end-when the kid jumps off one bridge to the next-that it's real time, and it looks just like the cut scenes.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 1:45:41 PM
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Are you freaking kidding me? The Last Guardian looks amazing, second to none!

There's no doubt that it'll be as amazing as Ico and Shadow of Colossus.

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therabbitkinge
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 2:53:09 PM

Absolutely agree with scarecrow this game will be an amazing addition to the franchise. AGRROOOOOOOOOO!

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txgamer
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 2:14:11 PM
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what is this unannounced title that sony is suppose to show today. i seen this on an e3 rundown for today

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BikerSaint
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 12:20:33 AM

You mean the one that was supposed to be announced at 7:45 PM?

Yeah, I waited all frigging day today hoping it was another blockbuster title.

But it was only some more of the new ModNation Racers that they already showed us on Tuesday.

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therabbitkinge
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 2:35:35 PM
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If this game follows in the steps of shadow and ico anyone who's a fan would be crazy not to make it a day one purchase. Im already trying to find a way to pre-order lol.

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therabbitkinge
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 2:36:35 PM
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Padorn me I meant a "day one" purchase.

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 2:47:46 PM
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it's hardly the same trailer =P this one is longer, much more modern graphical wise and shows differences, like seeing arrows from the beginning and not just later on

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smileys_007
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 4:35:08 PM
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The secret game is Suikoden VI, right Ben??

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Masterofallz
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 4:41:47 PM
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Wait wait wait wait wait, so then whats the secret game Sony is revealing at E3 today?

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tu24
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 5:13:19 PM
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You mean this E3 trailer?

http://kotaku.com/5276551/last-guardian-trailer-now-totally-fixed

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Alienange
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 6:01:57 PM
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The Last Guardian E3 trailer was fantastic. I'm completely psyched for this one. Waters had every right to make the comments he made if he got to see this game up close and personal. If it was me that saw this last year they would have had to keep me in a rubber room to prevent me from yapping about it to everyone.

For me, Sony slammed a home run this year at E3. What a line up!

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ceedot
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 9:36:44 PM
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THAT, blew him away?
Uh.

It didn't impress Me. He said the graphics were amazing, but really they weren't.

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Masterofallz
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 10:20:12 PM

Well, I mean, it IS team Ico. :P

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Nerull
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 @ 10:26:26 PM
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"My dream is a fully-fledged sequel to the original for PS3 only. Final Fantasy Tactics 2. None of this "Advance" bullcrap."
That would be fantastic. They really should do it what with the rpg drought this gen and it's got a huge fanbase.
I'd take a tactics true sequel over any killzone/halo/gears recycled FP gameplay now with 300 million shades of grey every time.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 12:39:58 AM
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I think the graphics in TLG are great, but I'm confused as to why they put an "animated" main figure into such good artwork???
I just don't get that.

I haven't bought ICO and SOTC yet, so can someone tell me if they were both also done in the same manner, with "animated" people too?????

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Karosso
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 7:04:57 AM

No, they are pretty much same as the engine graphics, no cell shading on ICO or SOTC.
By the way, do yourself a favor and play those two games, there is nothing else to compare to, that is the reason why everyone who played love them so much. They can never be put in a specific class of game... Pure art in motion kind of deal...

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BikerSaint
Thursday, June 04, 2009 @ 4:30:04 PM
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OK, thanks Karosso,
I have been watching my 5 local GS/EB stores for used copies of them both for a couple months now.
I spyed a used copy of SOTC sitting up on the rack last week but as I zoomed over to it, someone else snatched it up before I could get to it. Then I spend the next 20 minutes watching him, hoping that he was short of cash & would put it back if he found another game he wanted more. But alas, he did buy it.

Oh well, it's just a matter of time, but I will get the whole ICO/SOTC/TLG trilogy.

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BigBoss4ever
Friday, June 05, 2009 @ 12:59:09 PM
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i want this game so bad. great name to start with.

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Mr Bitey
Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 3:46:57 PM
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I'm not sure how anyone can watch the E3 trailer and not feel emotion. The gorgeous visuals went hand in hand with the powerful music. It was really stunning. Can't wait to finally play it.

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