It looks like The Last Guardian might not have happened if it weren’t for fans asking about it. Sony spoke with Edge Magazine and Shuhei Yoshida shed light on why it might have been that The Last Guardian wouldn’t have come out. Part of it derives from the fact that there were technical issues on the PlayStation 3. Additionally, there were also complications in regards to the PlayStation 4 development.
“[It was] really, really tough. Especially because we were not sure if the game could be made,” Yoshida said. “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.”
Shuhei Yoshida was bluntly asked if the title would have been cancelled, or could have been and his response was, “If everyone stopped asking about it, probably we would have.”