Sad news for PS3 owners, according to Eurogamer. The recent speculation about Fumento Ueda’s departure from Team Ico is indeed true. Coupled with Executive Producer Yoshifusa Hayama’s heading off to join a social gaming developer, this means PS3 owners will be seeing their final work as the last ever production from the award-winning development team (as well as any chances for a fourth game vanish into thin air like a smoke creature from Ico). Let the wild internet theories commence, but I’m going out on a limb to say it’s most likely a mixture of burnout, creative differences and the general stress of trying to make a follow up to two of the most acclaimed games of the past console generation. My review of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection is here – go buy it if you haven’t yet. It’s now a bit of a collectible and it’ll make you a bit teary-eyed fora few reasons (and a few more, if you’ve been around since the PS2 versions originally launched).
After the success of God of War Collection last year and this year’s upcoming The Sly Collection for the PS3, I figured Sony was going to do this collection at some point and thanks to Walmart’s web site, it’s pretty much a done deal. In case you’re scratching your head about how they have this listed before other major game retailers, well that’s the power of Walmart for you. They’re so darn huge that they’re no doubt allowed to list products that far ahead just because it’s good for Sony, Walmart and Walmart’s customers who can either pick up the game or have it shipped to arrive on day one.
Anyway, that eyebrow raising April 1, 2011 release date is probably subject to slip a bit, as I’m betting they’re only allowed to list titles up to Q1 until an actual release date comes from SCEA.
Or something like that.
Anyway, if it’s real it’s damn good news (and about time, Sony!). Now if only Capcom would get on the ball and redo the Mega Man Legends/Tron Bonne games in HD and Sega would do Shining Force Complete Box and Panzer Dragoon Complete Box, I’d be an even happier camper!
(Yeah, those last three game sets all in my fertile little mind, but c’mon, folks. They’d SELL like water in the Sahara).