Oh, Fumito Ueda, where have you been? You gave us Ico and Shadow of the Colossus and then disappeared into the night with promises of a game that never came to fruition; one that would capture our imaginations, hearts and loins.
But it's okay people! It's been over 10 years since Shadow of the Colossus, but The Last Guardian — which has gone through development hell and seemingly died in the eyes of the gaming public — is close at hand. 2016 will see the release of this highly anticipated title and we've just received an update on what we can expect.
The Last Guardian: Trico & His Electric Personality
In the latest issue of Edge, as reported by GamesRadar, Sony revealed that Trico (the giant dog...bird...thing) can shoot a "deadly stream of lightning" from its tail." It's a small detail about what will hopefully be a big game, but this aspect of his design fits into the game's puzzles.
Trico's ability is linked to a mirror picked up by the boy which is wielded like a shield. What we'll have to do is point the shield in a particular direction and Trico will fire a devastating bold of red electricity at it. The beam will then be directed at something and in this instance it was used to solve an environmental puzzle. We don't know whether it can be used against enemies.
This is apparently an important power in the game:
“There are several reasons why I explored this idea, but one of them is to make players understand the force and ferocity of Trico,” The Last Guardian director Fumito Ueda tells Edge. “I believe things are more attractive when there’s a bit of oddness to them, rather than something being normal and appearing to be generally acceptable. The same thing can be said about Trico’s appearance."
It was also mentioned that Trico's eyes will change color depending on how it feels — if its eyes are pink, it is wary or angry. Additionally, Trico's feathers will stand on end when it becomes angry. Nice touch, Ueda.
Aside from all of this, Ueda ensured Edge that The Last Guardian will absolutely be releasing for the PS4 in 2016. Now that, my friends, is a relief.