Ueda inspired by The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls
In an in-depth interview published by Edge, Fumito Ueda touched on a number of different subjects. One interesting tidbit is that he claims to have been inspired recently by The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls, when commenting on how to regain momentum and energy over a long time:
The part of me that is impatient [lets me down]. When I have an idea, I want to see the output quickly. On a long production, it is inevitable that your ambition will disperse from time to time. In those cases, I look at a great work – like a film, a game, that sort of thing – to remind me of the wonders of art, and that restores my momentum.
Recent games that inspired me are Beyond: Two Souls and The Last Of Us.
Obviously, no interview with Ueda could ever be complete without asking him about The Last Guardian. EDGE did a couple of times, first in the context of missed deadlines (not only The Last Guardian missed PlayStation 3, but Ico missed the original PlayStation as well), and he replied with a “no comment” line. However, he later admitted to be still working on the game, along with something else that is “secret” right now.
The Last Guardian is constantly brought up near game conventions, when gamers around the world virtually gather in the hope of a release date. The last time we heard about it, Shuhei Yoshida mentioned that it’s progressing well and it’s “pretty”, but he couldn’t recall if he was playing it on PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4, conveniently enough. With the new year approaching, the question arises again – do you believe in Ueda’s ability to deliver The Last Guardian in 2014?