Del-toro has definitely been a harsh victim of the Gaming Industry, working on a title called Insane (2012) under the roof of THQ before the company went under leading the project to be cancelled, and then cooperatively working on Silent Hills with Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions to bring a new vision of horror to Silent Hill and breathe new life into the franchise and give that adrenaline shot to the heart it really needed to keep on going, which seemed to prove fruitful with the release of P.T. in 2014, which we all know now was a playable teaser for Silent Hills, which also unfortunately was cancelled completely by Konami.
Of course many people were of hopes that good ol’ Del-toro would jump back on the saddle once more to try and actually complete and publish a game of some sort, many hoping he would go back and work with Kojima again. But now it seems this will not be the case at all anymore as during the San Diego Comic-Con during a panel, Del-toro was asked as to wether he would actually attempt to make another game again…this was his response:
“I have proven to be the albatross of video games, I joined THQ, and THQ goes broke. I join Kojima, and Kojima leaves Konami. I have decided, in order not to destroy anyone else’s life, I have decided I will never again get involved in video games. Otherwise, I’ll join someone and his house will explode, or something.”
“I was in an apprenticeship. I learned a lot from Kojima-san, of course, and I learned a lot from my experience at THQ. I did. It changed the way I see narrative. We put two years of work in THQ. It was insane. We mapped it out, we did the viable, we did the outlines, we did the screenplay. We did a bunch of stuff. I know some of the tricks, or the stuff that I wanted to learn, I learned. Then I went to the side of Kojima-san, because he’s a master, and I can gladly say that we are friends and I love his work and I will continue learning from him as a friend. But I am not… if I join another video game, World War III will start.”
Needless to say, this is a massive shame, as it would have been interesting to see how a Guillermo Del-toro game would have fared, and what sort of crazy visions and gameplay elements he would have included in a game that he helped make, but now we will never really know.
What a shame.