The Last Guardian

It has recently been confirmed that the trademark for The Last Guardian – SONY’s original new IP – has been abandoned as SCE America did not file for a trademark extension after being notified that they would need to.

The Last Guardian has gone through all sorts of problems – most of which we probably don’t know about – but there was always some hope left that the game would see the light of day. With the trademark abandoned, is that still possible? It is possible, but whether or not it’s likely is another thing. It’s worth noting that this has actually happened before and did not affect the supposed progress of the game’s development.

SONY abandoned the trademark back in 2012 as well, so perhaps there is still the slightest glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, but since The Last Guardian was announced in 2009 it has never really looked like being finished any time soon and the latest event in the IP’s timeline has done nothing to make amends. Yet, Fumito Ueda stated in December 2014 that the game was moving forward under “completely new conditions”, plus, Sony France are saying that the game is in fact still in development?

So what do you think? Is the trademark situation a simple misunderstanding or something more, given the game’s history? Will The Last Guardian ever see the light of day? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

  • They could have a completely different name for it, but after almost 6 years of nothing but a trailer. It might be time to move on. People will always think its the best game never released, but that thing is so big I can’t imagine it being more than a flying section or a cut scene. They could have renamed it to Guardian Griffin.

    • Yeah I think there probably comes a time where if production has been halted on so many occasions, the powers at be just decide that it would be a waste of resources to continue with the project. Still, Sony are claiming that the game remains under development so only time will tell.

      • I think every game needs to be done in 2 years or less. If it takes longer than it better be the next GTA or it will just be an instant flop.

        • There’s probably a couple of exceptions. I think Alan Wake went through many years of multiple iterations but eventually released as a great game.

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