Announced way back at E3 2009, Team Ico's The Last Guardian has been absent from Sony's slate ever since. After a few delays, it seemed like we'd never see the game. Lucky for us, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida confirmed the game was still in active development.

It's been five years since we first caught a glimpse at the beauty and wonder of The Last Guardian, and its lack of presence at E3 the past few years hasn't been a good omen for the game's future. However, fans hoping for more an update on the mysterious game got just that from Sony Computer Entertainment's boss.

"It's alive and kicking in terms of development," Shuhei Yoshida told CVG in an interview. "But as [designer Fumito Ueda] shared with people a couple of months ago, we really want to be confident next time when we introduce The Last Guardian to the public, so we are waiting for that time to come."

There are currently people working on the game at Sony Japan, Yoshida assured, even if we haven't seen much of what The Last Guardian has become since its 2009 debut. "Game development is not easy at all," Yoshida said. "The Last Guardian looks to be an extreme case but actually I don't think that's the case. What's extreme is the vision of Ueda-San and the team, which is extremely interesting for all of us including myself, consumers and media people. So that kind of keeps us going, even when they hit really difficult technical issues. If it were another project we might have just finished in the middle."

So even though we still don't have any clue when or where to expect The Last Guardian, at least we know the game isn't dead in the water. Hopefully we'll get to see more in the coming months.