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Sony /Fumito Ueda registered several US patents relating to The Last Guardian in 2012


Hmmm... Fumito Ueda, barrels, a giant cat... it's NeoGAF's favorite perpetually-missing game, The Last Guardian!

Fumito Ueda is credited as the inventor for five different Sony patents between 2011 and 2013. Some of them (like the one pictured above) are obviously from The Last Guardian's development, though a few of them appear to be more general.

Here's a quick rundown (most recent first) and my best effort to translate from technical jargon to English.

  1. OBJECT CONTROL DEVICE, COMPUTER READABLE STORAGE MEDIUM STORING OBJECT CONTROL PROGRAM, AND OBJECT CONTROL METHOD
    Text version
    PDF version with diagrams
    Appears to be an algorithm about controlling the catbird's attention depending on whether or not an object of interest is within its field of view. Stick figure cat appears on page 17.
  2. IMAGE GENERATING DEVICE, IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM
    Text version
    PDF with diagrams
    This one's about creature skeletons, and rendering its flexibility when in motion.
  3. IMAGE GENERATING DEVICE, IMAGE GENERATING METHOD, AND NON-TRANSITORY INFORMATION STORAGE MEDIUM
    Text version
    PDF with diagrams
    This one is about creating a sag effect when a "person clings to or rides on any one of the left and right sides of an animal"
  4. COMPUTER-READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM HAVING OBJECT CONTROL PROGRAM STORED THEREON, OBJECT CONTROL DEVICE, AND OBJECT CONTROL METHOD
    Text version
    PDF with images (image screencapped at the top of this post comes from here)
    This one's about a main character (the boy) having control over a second character (the catbird) by using an intermediary object (barrels). I love that this is a highly technical document about controlling a fantastical giant griffin and yet curiously never makes specific reference to it.
  5. Game Control Program, Game Device and Game Control Method, Management Server, and Data Managing Method
    Text version
    PDF with diagrams
    This one's interesting! This patent is about user-generated levels and how a user sets up obstacles (the patent refers to obstacles as "gimmicks") in a level. Are/were user-generated levels an idea that Ueda wanted to implement in The Last Guardian? This is the first time I've heard of that in connection with this title. Some of the diagrams look like Super Mario Bros....

Technical jargon gives me a headache (worse than legalese), so I'm hoping a few of you Gaffers can sort through these in more detail and maybe pick out some more interesting bits?
 

panty

Member
It probably had some Move motion things integrated but I bet they scrapped everything and moved on to PS4.

#BELIEVE
 

Vidpixel

Member
My emotions for The Last Guardian will continue to be all over the place until it is either cancelled or it is a physical thing in my hands that is ready to be put into a video game machine.
 

rajanp22

Member
Looks like it most certainly won't be at TGS. A re-reveal megaton with the arrival of Morpheus looks like. VR seems perfect for what they're describing here. PS3 dev shifted to PS4 as soon as Morpheus became a thing I bet.
 

Fox_Mulder

Rockefellers. Skull and Bones. Microsoft. Al Qaeda. A Cabal of Bankers. The melting point of steel. What do these things have in common? Wake up sheeple, the landfill wasn't even REAL!
It's clearly a trap.
 
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