Guillermo Del Toro 'will never again get involved in video games'

Guillermo Del Toro spoke to Playboy at Comic Con a few weeks back about his future in video game development. Here's what he had to say.


Correction: Originally this story erroneously referred to Del Toro's statements as an exclusive interview. His comments had been previously given to Playboy. Shacknews regrets the error.

During an interview with Playboy, Guillermo Del Toro has once again voiced his concerns with the video games industry saying “If I join another video game, World War III will start.”

Playboy spoke with Del Toro at San Diego Comic Con a few weeks ago about his upcoming projects: the second season of The Strain and Pacific Rim 2. During our interview, we spoke to him about his ambitions in the video game space. “I have proven to be the albatross of video games,” he says. “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.”

When pressed further, del Toro says, “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.”

Del Toro didn’t say he was completely done with video games though as he admitted he’ll allow other companies create games based on his work. “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.”

It’s a shame to see such a creative mind like Del Toro be turned off of video game development based on his experiences with both THQ and Konami. We hope he reconsiders his stand on game development, but if he does, we also don’t hope it brings on World War III as a result.

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    August 13, 2015 2:42 PM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Guillermo Del Toro 'will never again get involved in video games'

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      August 13, 2015 2:46 PM

      I think that Konami is the albatross in this case, Guillermo.

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      August 13, 2015 3:20 PM

      I watches to video and to my surprise that was not Benicio del Toro. It took only 7 years to figure it out.

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      August 13, 2015 3:44 PM

      he did the Hell kid movies right?

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      August 13, 2015 4:43 PM

      Awesome interview guys. Guillermo is one of my favorite directors. Sucks he won't try again to make a game but it's understandable.

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      August 13, 2015 5:04 PM

      Konami pretty much went full retard greed with fast mobile $$ in their eyes. Such a shame for the gamers, but great for investors until the mobile money rapidly goes south. You know they are going to try and milk Contra, Silent hill, and Castlevania on the mobile, but I don't see how they will translate properly to that medium, and user.

      On a side note his brief view on vampire origin was interesting.

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      August 13, 2015 6:34 PM

      lmao thq and konami that is a pretty great pair of publishers to get in bed with. jesus christ.

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      August 13, 2015 6:48 PM


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        August 13, 2015 6:49 PM

        why? :(

        PT was one of the coolest things ever.

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          August 13, 2015 6:51 PM

          Lol search my post history. That guy is the kiss of death for a lot of worthy projects.

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            August 13, 2015 7:08 PM

            the dev followups did state the studio was dicking them around, but I feel ya.

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              August 13, 2015 7:13 PM

              I bear a Mountains of Madness grudge too. Involving him instantly jacks up the cost of a project without any guarantee of follow through.

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      August 14, 2015 7:15 AM

      How interesting. Cool interview, good job :)

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      August 14, 2015 7:50 AM


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