Beautiful ‘The Last Guardian’ CG Trailer Playing In Cinemas, Trico Is Cat-Dog-Bird Hybrid

The Last Guardian is so visually arresting it’s making quite a scene in local theaters—and it also made us want to pet Trico so bad.

We have ached for The Last Guardian for so long. It almost literally took a lifetime for the game to be finished! The Last Guardian has been in development since 2007 by the team who brought Ico, designed and directed by Fumito Ueda himself, and it’s only high time it finally sees the light of day.

The Last Guardian was supposed to be released in 2011 for the older generation PlayStation 3, as announced at the 2009’s E3 event. But in April of 2011, Ueda announced via Eurogamerthat the team is pushing the release of The Last Guardian to make way for more and better changes to the game. Finally, in last year’s E3 event, The Last Guardian was again reintroduced, now with more confidence that it’s going to be released in 2016.

Ever since its breathtaking reveal at the E3 2015, The Last Guardian has been at the top of the every gamer’s list this 2016. But the time has come for Sony to really confirm a release date for the much-anticipated title. International Business Timesreports that Sony marked December 6, 2016, as the release date for The Last Guardian, and this news sent droves of PlayStation 4 users crazy to get their hands on a copy.

But is this date finally set in stone? Or is Ueda just lurking around the corner waiting to strike again with another news of delayed release?

It looks like Sony and Ueda are finally confident that The Last Guardian can, at last, release this coming December. There’s no turning back, what with the latest cinematic trailer for The Last Guardian playing in countless cinemas around the U.S.?

Polygonreports that a cinematic trailer of The Last Guardian has been spotted in various local theaters, confirming that the release date is finally happening on December 6. The Last Guardian CG trailer was so breathtaking, we’re sure even more so on the big screen, that it looked like a proper game that’s worth the decade-long wait.

The new CG trailer of The Last Guardian was pushed by Sony this week on the PlayStation blog, too, alongside an interview with the game’s creator, Fumito Ueda.

“I think the staff from Sony and Gendesign has put everything, every ounce of energy we had, and poured it into the project.”

Trico, the huge beast we have seen in various trailers and teasers, is the central figure of The Last Guardian. Is he a bird? Is he a plane? Is he even a he? What is Trico, really? Ueda clears that the creation of Trico for The Last Guardian has been very personal for him. And whether people would label Trico as a griffin or a fantastic beast, for Ueda, Trico is the brainchild of all his experiences as a child.

“Trico is a hybrid of sorts, a mixture of a cat, a dog, a bird, and the like. It might represent a motif. When I was younger, I grew up in a home that had a bunch of animals. My experiences with them are great memories that I still have. In creating Trico, I didn’t really have to do any specific research because it’s a creature that obviously doesn’t exist. But it’s really all based on my childhood memories, the way I interacted with the animals, the way they reacted to me.”

Ueda has also been behind huge, albeit old, titles as Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. On The Last Guardian’s comparisons with these titles, he responds as follows.

“The way I see it, maybe they are from the same world, or the same universe. But anything further than that is really up to the player’s imagination. Everyone has a different level of relationship with the two previous titles, so we wouldn’t dictate that it is or it isn’t. It’s up to the player.”

But at the end of the day, after a decade of developing The Last Guardian, Ueda feels that having breathed life into Trico is what it has all been about.

“I would have to say that it’s what we were able to accomplish with the character of Trico. Its behavior, everything about it. We were basically breathing life into a creature that has never been created, a new character, which is very difficult. How does it feel to actually feed Trico? I want players to experience what that feels like.

“… at the end of playing through the game, if the player feels the existence of Trico, like it’s really there, then we have accomplished what we set out to do.”

Having seen various gameplays and demos, and the latest trailer of The Last Guardian, it’s really very exciting to finally get to meet the two new characters we will surely learn to love in The Last Guardian. If it’s worth the decade-long wait, we’ll have to wait just a tad bit more; but from what we have so far, it’s looking very, very promising, indeed.

The Last Guardian ships to the PS4 this December 6, 2016.

[Featured Image by Sony]