1UP gives us a little more news on The Last Guardian, the third game from Team Ico, along with the 2010 TGS preview and some somewhat odd remarks by Fumito Ueda. Actually only one of his remarks was odd.
First of all, the video:
Second, the odd remark –
Early in development, the main character in The Last Guardian was female, but the team ended up going with a boy. The reason: they thought it would be more realistic that he would have enough grip strength to be able to climb around, and because they wouldn’t have to worry about camera angles with a girl who wears a skirt.
I’m not a girl but I don’t really know if that’s true about the grip strength thing. If this girl practiced with those squeezy hand gripper thingies and maybe went to a climbing gym, she’d probably climb better than me, a boy. I climb terribly, I worry too much about falling.
Of course poor Ueda is getting a lot more shit for this remark than it really warrants. His female characters tend to be sylphic and delicate, and while that doesn’t necessarily preclude them from being good climbers, I’m not sure he was saying that girls are weaklings. As for the skirt, well, girls can wear pants, but given what the little boy is wearing, maybe they don’t have pants in that world, just Greek robes. Not wanting to deal with upskirt camera angles is something I can understand, since Google is filled with them in various games. Why not just make it easy on yourself?
Ueda also confirmed the upcoming Ico/Shadow of the Colossus HD remake and gave some general remarks about technology and how his stories won’t always be sad.
That kitty bat thing is totally gonna die.
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