We're still waiting to see if they include a demo of The Last Guardian in the upcoming ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection but in the meantime, we got lots more info.
Thanks to the Japanese publication, Dengeki, and the ensuing translation by Andriasang , we can now learn a bit more about the story, atmosphere and above all else, gameplay. Team ICO director Fumito Ueda also touched on a variety of topics and there are plenty of general details, too- first up are the Guards. They can capture the main character and if they carry him to a certain area, it's Game Over. However, during this time, the boy can escape…although it's risky, as Ueda hinted. The basic idea behind the gameplay is to avoid being spotted, which ought to pique the interest of all you stealth fans out there, even if there won't be any slitting of throats from the shadows. Another interesting tidbit is that the boy will actually grow over time, although we're not sure if Ueda is being literal (i.e., the boy grows bigger and stronger) or metaphorical (the boy gets smarter and more skilled).
As for Torico, we won't have direct control over him, but he will automatically move to things that are of interest. It will be our job to improve the boy's communication with Torico, so his interest in our young hero will grow. One example that's very cool is as follows- if you try to awaken Torico by pulling on his ears early on, you'll fail because Torico just doesn't care about you. But later on, that same technique will work thanks to better communication between the two. As for Torico's abilities, all Ueda would confirm is that he can run, but we've also seen the boy riding Torico in past videos. And those guards? Torico don't like 'em.
Personally, I really like the idea of this growing relationship between tiny human boy and massive mythic creature. At first, he barely acknowledges your existence and you might just have to follow him to stay alive. He isn't creating that pathway for you ; he just happens to be going that way. But over time, the relationship strengthens and you can issue commands and stuff. Get all co-op-like. Anyway, can't wait.
Related Game(s): The Last Guardian