By Tommy Robbins. It’s hard to believe that we’re actually within a week of playing The Last Guardian. After a strenuous development cycle filled with strife and drama, Lead Director Fumito Ueda went the extra mile and included a very personal touch to those in the media receiving early review copies.

Press copies of Guardian sent out by Sony over the weekend included a charming and heartfelt letter handwritten by Ueda himself. First expressing his feelings and wishes regarding the concerns surrounding the game’s troubled development, Ueda then took a moment to remind his audience that we all ought to stop and smell the roses, quite literally.

Image: Eurogamer

Image: Eurogamer

Ueda’s letter reads as follows:

Dear Adventurers
It’s been a long time coming, but I take great pleasure (and relief!) in knowing that The Last Guardian is in your hands.

When we first began work on The Last Guardian, I intended it to take from and build on our experience working in ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, making it something akin to a greatest hits album. Unfortunately, as you know, we ran into a few twists and turns along the way, and the title took longer than anyone expected. Still, just as ICO and Shadow of the Colossus are truly unique games, so too is The LAst Guardian an experience unlike any other.

As you play, take the time to stop and enjoy the scenery as you follow these unlikely companions on their journey. And you definitely won’t want to miss the ending!

The development team and I hope you all have a wonderful time with The Last Guardian. Nothing would make us happier.

Fumito Ueda.

Closing this adorably Japanese letter of request is a pen-drawn image of the young boy and his giant companion, Trico, or as the internet has lovingly dubbed, BirdDog.

While the request is likely a humble and sincere message to those who have, rightfully, raised an eyebrow after the games much longer than average development cycle, the American cynic in me wonders if it is a sort of attempt at amassing endearment for a game that may have arrived a little too late.

Brushing off said cynicism, I really hope that’s not the case. As a longtime fan of Shadow of the Colossus, there is a childlike anticipation for The Last Guardian that I hope the game can stand up against. Come back in a week or so for our full review and see how it lives up to those aspirations.

Source: Eurogamer.