Film director Guillermo del Toro, known for movies like superhero work Hellboy and sci-fi film Pacific Rim, is leaving the video game industry. He cited his failure with THQ and Hideo Kojima as the reason for his departure.
Del Toro told Shacknews, “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.”
Regarding his work with Kojima on the now-canceled Silent Hills, the film director said, “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,” he explained. “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.”
Del Toro suggested he would still let game developers make games based on his films but wouldn’t actively participate in development, stating, “I can 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.”