The Last Guardian, the next game from the development team behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, is making slow progress, according to Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida.

Yoshida also explained Fumito Ueda's role in development now that he doesn't work for Sony, instead working on a freelance basis.

Ueda "was an employee, and now he's working on a contract basis," Yoshida told 1up. "You know, we discussed an arrangement so he could focus on the creative side. But his work and his presence on that team never changed, so it was just more a contractual rearrangement, and that was taken [by many] as "he left.""

"He comes in every day, and he's probably one of the people who works the longest hours. The project has been making progress, but slow progress. So that's tough, but we haven't changed any focus. It's still a really important project and a vision we want to see realized, and Fumito's vision is really causing a very difficult challenge for the developers, so there's some scrapping and rebuilding - iteration in the process. That's why [it's taking so long].

Via VG247