Fumito Ueda, the mind behind the acclaimed titles The Last Guardian and Shadow of the Colossus, talks about his hopes for 2023.
Fumito Ueda, famous for the success stories The Last Guardian and Shadow of the Colossus, spoke about his hopes for the year 2023. Next year promises to be a year for the history books, with many exciting new titles for players to look forward to; news from a master of unique art design and nuanced storytelling is sure to catch the attention of those who enjoyed his work, such as Ico, which is still spoken of with great respect 20 years after its release.
Often referred to as one of the most brilliant minds in gaming, Ueda rose to prominence after his first title under Sony Computer Entertainment, Ico, garnered critical acclaim and a cult following. Ueda then went on to work on Shadow of the Colossus, which received similar acclaim, before eventually leaving Sony to found GenDesign. The company remained involved in the development of The Last Guardian, which was finally released on PS4 after numerous delays.
In a recent interview with Famitsu, Ueda indicated that he and the GenDesign team are working hard to announce something in 2023, and asked fans to continue supporting their efforts. Ueda was among 141 creators interviewed by Famitsu about their aspirations for the coming year, including the likes of Yoko Taro, Mistwalker creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of Final Fantasy, and many more of the industry’s biggest and most respected developers. .
It’s natural that Ueda is shrugging off his cards after the messy development of The Last Guardian to avoid giving fans a bad impression and getting them too excited about an upcoming announcement, but the fact is that it’s been 6 years since The Last Guardian came out. Therefore, we can be cautiously optimistic that Ueda and his team at GenDesign will be able to announce something next year, perhaps at the 2023 Tokyo Game Show in Chiba in September. In fact, many were hoping that GenDesign would make an announcement at the 2022 Tokyo Game Show, but that didn’t happen.
So far, GenDesign has been very secretive about what they’re working on, but we do know that Epic Games will be releasing it, and that it will be a completely new game that has nothing to do with Shadow of the Colossus or The Last Guardian – that last little thing isn’t surprising since Sony owns the rights to these titles. While there may be those who can’t wait for GenDesign’s announcement, there’s sure to be a lot to look forward to in 2023, including the unveiling of their next game.
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