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Another key Team Ico collaborator leaves Sony
Another key Team Ico collaborator leaves Sony
August 27, 2012 | By Eric Caoili

As Sony's struggles to ship The Last Guardian continue, another key employee who's worked with the team behind the troubled PlayStation 3 game has resigned from the company.

Kenji Kaido tweeted on Monday morning that he left Sony Computer Entertainment Japan this month. It's unclear if he was working on The Last Guardian, but he was a producer on Team Ico's previous acclaimed titles like Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.

Team Ico's latest project The Last Guardian has faced a number of delays and difficulties, including the departures of producer Yoshifusa Hayama and director Fumito Ueda -- though the latter is no longer a Sony employee, he's still working on the game on a contractual basis.

After opting not to bring the game to several trade shows with its other upcoming releases, Sony recently admitted that its Tokyo team has faced "technical difficulties" with The Last Guardian. The publisher has brought in Sony Santa Monica and other Western developers to assist with the title.

Kaido has said that his "plans for the future are undecided" currently, according to GameLife's translation of his tweet. Gamasutra has reached out to Sony for a comment on his resignation, but has yet to hear back as of press time.

[Photo via Javier Candeira]

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Vincent Hyne
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Just... terrible.

Arguably the most promising game of the decade, or one of at the very least, and just having it all go down in flames.

Ten to one whatever it is they do finish, and ship will not be what the design was.

George Blott
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Hold on, this guy was not working on TLG.

I guess Mr.Caolli missed this: "[Kaido] was not said to be involved in the development of the Ico team’s current title The Last Guardian." from the Wired article he sites.

Let's not fan the flames eh?

George Blott
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@Joe Try reading better?? I could tell you 'Try assuming less', but then I'd sound like a bit of a jerk, wouldn't I?

Joe McGinn
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It is the one game I would buy a PS3 for. Now it looks like Sony will manage an entire hardware generation without a game from their best team.

tony oakden
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Well the money I have squirrelled away for a PS3 will continue to earn interest until the last guardian ships. Even then I'll have to play it for a bit first to be sure the design hasn't been castrated or lobotomized by Sony.

Jonathan Jennings
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A publisher hindering a Developers progress and / or vision? Never sir, I say never!

Nou Phabmixay
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Things can always change but a whole panel at Gamescom 2012 talked about their creative freedom at Sony:

It has taken a very long time to make this game. Already there's three Uncharted, two God of Wars (one isn't out yet but it has at least been seen), three games from Thatgamecompany.

At this point, they felt someone has to step in. Which probably means you aren't going to get the game that's originally intended.

It's also sad to see that while you pine away for a game that never released you're not playing Journey.

wes bogdan
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As of now i'd be concerned the legendary team ico will follow zipper and liverpool into oblivion.......if a collosus falls and no one's around to hear it does it make a sound?!!

Liam McMahon
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you reap what you sow, disrespect.