Sony Santa Monica helping out on The Last Guardian

Internal studios including Sony Santa Monica are assisting Team Ico in development of long-awaited, much-delayed PS3 exclusive The Last Guardian.

Speaking to Wired, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida admitted that several Sony studios were helping out to help ship the game, which was first announced at E3 in 2009.

"Well, you know, it's not just Santa Monica," Yoshida said. "We have great tech people in Worldwide Studios. We have a central group in the US and the UK so we are giving them whatever help they need.

"Technically, we have the best engineers in the US and Europe, so these teams are helping them, giving advice."

Fears were first raised over the state of The Last Guardian when Sony admitted that director Fumito Ueda had left the company, and was overseeing completion of the project on a freelance basis.

Yoshida recently admitted to "scrapping and rebuilding" the project, and goes on to say that the game is "making progress … it's playable, but not to the point that we can talk about the timing of launch."