Word around town is that Team Ico lead designer, Fumito Ueda, is parting ways Sony. Ueda has served as the creative mind behind Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and Team Ico’s forcoming PlayStation 3 exclusive, The Last Guardian. It is believed that he is leaving the studio to work on personal projects.
Eurogamer asserts that his departure may have exacerbated the delay of The Last Guardian – which was originally penciled in for a late 2011 release, but was noticeably absent from industry trade shows all year. The game is currently slotted for release at an unspecified time next year.
It doesn’t sound as though Ueda is in much of a hurry to leave though. The 41-year-old designer is said to be continuing his work on the game in a freelance capacity before he leaves to pursue his own creative endeavors. Should the rumors prove correct, it will be interesting to see what the visionary behind two of the most beloved games of the past generation has up his sleeve for us next.