GenDESIGN, a studio made up of Team ICO veterans chargeable for ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian, is teasing its subsequent sport in a vacation card picture on its web site. GenDESIGN’s main page options the stylized 2021 picture above, with 4 video games making up every quantity. The first three are 2001’s ICO, 2005’s Shadow of the Colossus, and 2016’s The Last Guardian. The remaining picture is an as-of-yet unknown venture, but it surely confirms that the studio remains to be arduous at work on what’s to return. Like the different photographs, it options the again of who’s presumably the important character, although no different particulars are identified.
The Fumito Ueda led studio is the phoenix that rose from the ashes of Team ICO, the unique Sony Japan Studio developer chargeable for the first two initiatives. After leaving Sony in 2011, Ueda then fashioned the impartial studio GenDESIGN, made of of Team ICO veterans, to complete The Last Guardian for Sony.
In 2018, GenDESIGN began teasing a new project, additionally as half of a brand new yr’s greeting. That artwork was of a lady close to an altar, with an enormous nebulous determine close by. In 2019, Ueda revealed that he was looking for a publisher for GenDESIGN’s subsequent sport, and in 2020, Epic Games announced it would be stepping up to the job. It’s unclear what this implies in phrases of launch for the title, and whether or not it will likely be a PlayStation unique venture or launch on a number of platforms. Epic does have a close relationship with Sony right now too, however GenDESIGN’s independence might see the Team ICO veterans lastly launch their video games on extra than simply the PlayStation platforms.
Currently, little or no is understood about what this subsequent sport may entail. We know that it’s a large-scale game on par with its previous efforts that is not a sequel or a prequel (although Team ICO/GenDESIGN video games prefer to tie little components collectively that make followers marvel if they’re truly related). We to this point have two photographs teasing this subsequent sport, however nothing else to go on. The studio additionally tweeted that it’s in search of extra venture growth employees in 2021 as work on the new sport ramps up. The job listings, nevertheless, don’t provide many hints of what’s to return.
For now, we’ll simply have to attend. Ueda and his team know better than anyone that the announcement has to return when the time is correct, and no earlier.