I really really really
love Team ICO
's games. so much so that I hold Shadow of the Colossus
as some of my favourite games ever made. So, naturally, I was really looking forward to the formal of announcement of their next game, codenamed Project Trico
If any of you remember the leaked trailer
from a few weeks ago (embedded below), I wasn't really so hot for it. One of the main reason why I loved Team ICO's previous 2 games was because they were so completely different from each other, but still had the same general theme (isolation, guilt, being both simple and complicated at once), while still being completely different
from each other.
Even though the trailer looked absolutely stunning, I was still a bit let down by it. I wanted Trico
to be a completely different game from Ico
, but still have that same feeling to it. To me, Trico
just took elements from Ico
with it's castle exploration and similar character design, and other elements from SotC
with the whole giant-freaking-monster thing.
But I was okay with that. So since the video was over a year old, the game could have completely changed since then. All I would have to do was wait till Sony's E3 Press Conference
and wait see if the game would change by then.
It turned out that the trailer is almost exactly the same as the old one but with better graphics. Um Okay...
For some reason I never heard that the three games were a trilogy until today. So maybe that means that Team ICO wanted to combine both games into one, and take elements from each to make the series feel more wrapped up. Maybe it's their way of saying, "We are done with this, our next game is going to be going in a completely different direction,".
Suddenly, I don't feel so bad, I don't even remotely know how the creature is going to fit into the story, will it somehow be forced to travel with the main character and solve puzzles, will the creature and the protagonist be good old buddies, will they be stuck inside the castle together just like Ico and Yorda were?
I am now so unbelievably excited for this game it's not even funny. Jack Tretton didn't even say a release date, not evan a "Fall 2010".