On the 20th anniversary of PlayStation 2 classic ICO, Japanese publication Famitsu published an article in which numerous industry veterans paid tribute to the legendary title. It contains one interesting tidbit of information: it was ICO that compelled Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki to join the games industry in the first place.
According to a translation provided by Video Games Chronicle, Miyazaki said that he started a job after graduating from university and hadn’t played games for a while when he picked up ICO at a friend’s house. The game moved him so much that he quit his job and joined FromSoftware, where he went on to create iconic video games himself.
On a personal note, after graduating from university and starting a new job, I was away from games for a while when I happened to play ICO at a friend’s house on a recommendation. It was a beautiful, untold experience and story that I had never imagined, and I’m very sorry to my friend, but I was quietly moved and silent. And that’s when I left the company I was working for at the time and started working for FromSoftware. I’m not exaggerating when I say it was the game that changed my life, and I’m proud that it was ICO and it was Mr Ueda’s game.
Congratulations on the 20th anniversary of ICO, Mr Ueda. As a fan, I’m looking forward to your new games. The mythology that runs through your games, including ICO, has always been a goal of mine.
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