Japanese development sources cited with news that Fumito Ueda is gone from Team Ico, finishing up The Last Guardian on freelance basis.
The Last Guardian may also be the last Fumito Ueda-led game from Sony. Eurogamer is citing "Japanese video game development sources" as providing word that Ueda has left not just the Team Ico development team, but Sony entirely.
According to the report, Ueda will finish up work on Team Ico's long-awaited The Last Guardian as a freelancer, and afterwards pursue personal projects.
Ueda is best known for his work with Team Ico on the PlayStation 2 action games Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Released in September of 2001, Ico cast players as a horned youth who had to escort a princess safely from her prison. Four years later, Team Ico's Shadow of the Colossus followed a young warrior who hunts down and destroys 16 massive beasts in order to save a fallen maiden. The two games were bundled and re-released in a high-definition, 3D-compatible PlayStation 3 bundle earlier this year.