Last week's news that The Last Guardian's producer, Yoshifusa Hayama, had jumped Sony's ship along with Team ICO head Fumito Ueda came as a blow to those looking forward to the highly anticipated PS3 exclusive. That Hayama left Sony to work at a developer that specializes in Facebook games only threw salt in the wound.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Hayama's explained his unpopular move and what his new employer, Monstermind developer Bossa Studios, has planned for the future. No one respects casual games because there isn't one with universal appeal, he said; "We need a masterpiece in Facebook - and that's my goal."
As far as justifying his jump to social game development, he said the backlash is similar to what he faced when he moved from arcade to console development in the 90s. "When I started making console games it was the same feeling," he said. "Markets always change - and I just don't want to join after the markets change."
Fair enough. But to have left in the middle of development of one of the most anticipated games of this generation still seems a little off to us. No doubt there's something he's not saying. Do you think he has a point about the future being social games, though? In ten years, will we be complaining about a different subset of games? Sound off in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook.