Sony Lets The Last Guardian Trademark Die

In another move that doesn’t bode well for the beleaguered Team Ico project, today the trademark on The Last Guardian expired, as Sony declined to file an extension for it. This could mean a number of things, but it does likely mean the end of The Last Guardian as we currently know it.

What it doesn’t mean, however, is that the title is dead. Though it was originally announced back in 2009 as a PS3 title, many rumors and speculations have surrounded the game as details became murkier as time passed. Creator Fumito Ueda has been adamant the game is still coming out, even though it seemed all but confirmed as cancelled last year. The title has since migrated to PS4 for obvious reasons, but there has been nothing recently to give hopeful gamers reason to believe we will see the game anytime soon, if at all.

So while the trademark change isn’t a sure sign that the game is definitely vaporware, it doesn’t bode well, and could even suggest a complete reworking of the game, under a different name, could be in order. In that case, I wouldn’t blame Team Ico, as The Last Guardian name right now doesn’t exactly instill a big level of confidence. It’s a shame too, because Ueda is a visionary, and by all accounts the game looked to be very interesting. Now, as has been the case for a while, we are back to wait-and-see mode.