The Last Guardian (2016) is getting a standalone PSVR experience to let players interact with the majestic Trico face to face.
Announced way back in 2009, The Last Guardian had an instant, if indescribable, appeal; the game promised to offer a glimpse into the adventures of a young boy who befriends a mythical (and giant) beast named Trico. After years in development hell, the long awaited game finally launched on PS4 in 2016.
In an unexpected move, developer SIE Japan Studio has announced plans to launch The Last Guardian VR Demo, a standalone experience based on the game, for free on December 12th. Japan Studio Executive Producer Yasutaka Asakura admits outright, via the official PlayStation Blog, that “The Last Guardian VR Demo is a short experience, and it is standalone; there are no larger versions of this project planned.”
Reading between the lines, it sounds like the studio wanted to experiment with bringing Trico’s immensity into VR for no reason other than it seemed worth giving players (and the developers themselves!) a chance to connect with the majestic beast from an immersive perspective. Sony’s Japan Studio has developed a number of other VR projects to date, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that this is a sign of more to come.