Sony "probably" would have cancelled The Last Guardian if fans hadn't kept asking for an update on the project, Shuhei Yoshida has revealed.

Speaking to EDGE, the president of SCE Worldwide Studios explained that porting the project from PS3 to PS4 was "really, really tough. Especially because we were not sure if the game could be made.

"Tech issues aside, the game was still early in development, so we had to have a really strong desire to continue the project and rebuild on PS4. And of course we believed in the vision of Ueda-san, and Ueda-san and the core teams really wanted to see this realised, and so did I. Having so many people asking us about the game was great encouragement for us to continue the development."

Asked whether Sony could realistically have cancelled the game after so many years had gone by, Yoshida replied: "If everyone stopped asking about it, probably we would have."

The Last Guardian was first revealed at a PS3 game at E3 2009 but disappeared in the years following. It was re-revealed as a PS4 title last month.

The game is currently scheduled to release in 2016.

Source: EDGE | Issue 282