It’s safe to say that this year has been a roller coaster for those who were looking forward to Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima’s Silent Hills project. It’s been a little over a year since the duo released the mysterious P.T. (Playable Teaser) on the PS4. Nobody knew what it was, but we all trekked down that same hallway over and over until one lucky soul cracked Kojima-san’s code and discovered what the game actually was. It was creative. It was new. It was one of the most frightening things that I’ve ever played, but was cancelled earlier this year, much to everyone’s dismay.
Despite having our hope for the creative relationship rekindled three weeks ago when del Toro stated that the duo were still in touch and “working into doing something together” that wasn’t Silent Hills, it sounds like he either changed his mind, or whatever he was talking about won’t be a video game. According to an interview del Toro did with Playboy during SDCC, he has decided he wants out of the video game business.
“I have proven to be the albatross of video games,” he says. “I joined THQ [to work on Insane], and THQ goes broke. I join Kojima, and Kojima leaves Konami, so I have decided that in order not to destroy anyone else’s life, I will never again get involved in video games. Otherwise, I’ll work with someone and his house would explode or something, you know?”
“With Insane we mapped it out, we did the bible, we did the outlines, we did the screenplay,” said del Toro. “We did a bunch of stuff to develop the world. So some of the tricks, or the stuff that I wanted to learn, I learned. And then I went to the side of Kojima-san because he’s a master and I can gladly say we are friends and I love his work, and I will continue learning from him as a friend. But I’m not joining another video game. If I do, World War III will start.”
When probed a bit more, he explained, “I mean, it was an apprenticeship. I learned a lot from Kojima, of course, and I learned a lot from my experience on THQ. I did. It changed the way I see a narrative. We put two years of work on THQ with Insane. And what we were going to do withSilent Hills was going to be cutting-edge and scary.”
This may not spell the end of his career in the game industry, however, as he also stated, “I’m open to having developers make games, and I can hopefully be creative about it and I can be educated about it and talk about it in a way that helps them make the video game, but no, I can’t make the game myself,” he said.
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