The Last Guardian finally re-surfaced this E3 with a gameplay demo and a solid 2016 release date. That was rather relieving for all of us who had held our breath for the six years it was absent.
One person who definitely took a sigh of relief after the announcement was Sony Entertainment boss Shuhei Yoshida. Speaking to Edge magazine (via VideoGamer), Yoshida explained that moving the game from PlayStation 3 to PlayStation 4 nearly killed the game as it was "really, really tough. Especially because we were not sure if the game could be made."
Tech issues aside, the game was still early in development, so we had to have a really strong desire to continue the project and rebuild on PS4. And of course we believed in the vision of Ueda-san, and Ueda-san and the core teams really wanted to see this realised, and so did I. Having so many people asking us about the game was great encouragement for us to continue the development.
He then concluded, when asked if the game would have been cancelled if not for everyone asking for it, he said:
If everyone stopped asking about it, probably we would have.
See. Sometimes incessantly asking for something from a company for years bears fruit. Forum people complaining about the next big thing on the internet could shape our future. Now isn't that a terrifying thought?