While many of us will be familiar with the happenings between Konami and Hideo Kojima, especially where Silent Hills and PT is concerned, there is also the fact that Silent Hills’ cancelation has resulted in Guillermo Del Toro now adding his second attempted failure of video game development to his list.
Shacknews had the opportunity to speak to Guillermo Del Toro at San Diego Comic Con two weeks ago, and asked him about the Silent Hills conundrum. “I have proven to be the albatross of video games,” he said. “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.”
He went into a little more detail. “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.”
While the joke about World War III adds some humour to it, it’s a sad state of affairs and unfortunate for him and for gamers. The fact that he remains friends with Hideo Kojima is good news, and that perhaps in the future, they can create something beautiful together. Del Toro is happy to let developers create games based on his works, but feels he is no longer willing to commit to another potential disaster. Sounds like a broken heart to me!