Del Toro's Insane to be a trilogy

Filmmaker's video game project with THQ and Volition to be a three-part franchise; first due out in 2013.

At the 2010 Video Game Awards on Saturday, Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy director Guillermo Del Toro officially popped open the lid on inSane, his video game project with THQ and Red Faction developer Volition. Now, new details on the project have crept out.

inSane goes crazy three times, beginning in 2013.

Today THQ announced that Insane would not be one game, but three. The first entry in the trilogy is due out in 2013, with the ensuing two following at to-be-determined dates in the future. A brief trailer (embedded below) was shown this weekend at the awards show, but concrete details remain scant surrounding the title. Del Toro did, however, offer a teasing statement as to what fans can expect from Insane.

"With this new series of video games, I want to take players to a place they have never seen before, where every single action makes them question their own senses of morality and reality," he said.

Del Toro will serve as creative director on the project--rumored to be a Lovecraftian action role-playing game--and will work alongside THQ and Volition through the game's development. Further, Del Toro will also be part of the team responsible for transmedia properties surrounding Insane.

The rights to Insane's three titles will be held by THQ, and Del Toro will own the rights to "any filmed entertainment products." Specific release platforms for Insane have not been expressly noted yet. However, the game's website displays logos for the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and Del Toro's Double Dare You animation studio.

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_Doomsayer_
_Doomsayer_

Has no one learned from Shenmue? Or worse yet, the utter failure that was the Too Human trilogy?

Solamon
Solamon

@jubdeidamasta Pray you are right, because I'm a big fan of Del Toro's movies. It's just that far too often attaching a movie makers name to a project means at best he helped come up with the general concept and story direction (kind of like Clive Barker games).

lawnmowerdeth
lawnmowerdeth

I agree with windsweptspy, I mean who the hell announces a trilogy three years in advance ?!! I'm going to have to do an Eric Cartman and freeze myself until the world is run by sea otters !

thanatosser
thanatosser

This guy loves his subject matter, hes been trying to get the film adaptation of Lovecrafts at "At the mountains of madness" off the ground for years, I recon he will pull it off.

Franzkill
Franzkill

I love Del Toro's style as much as the next guy but the same thing was said about Too Human and look how that turned out..

WindsweptSpy
WindsweptSpy

@ Quezakolt Insane is about as original as God Of War, Super Meat Boy, or Vanquish Anywho, am I the only one who thinks 3 years ahead of time is a bit early for an announcement, let alone an announcement for a trilogy? Guess they had to fill up the missing Gears 3 announcement time at the VGA's with something. His basic concept sounds promising though.

oneligas
oneligas

if this trilogy actually gets completed i will be so shocked i may punch myself in the face to end my hysteria

XxChicagoTedXx
XxChicagoTedXx

Not all planned trilogies are bad. Mass Effect anyone? Del Toro might be able to pull it off.

Simple_malk
Simple_malk

Oh a predicted trilogy... Those always go well... lol Seriously movie directors need to take a slice of humble pie before just jumping into the gaming market. I love his movies and I think he art direction and ability to weave stories is amazing but he better have some faith in the people who will design good gameplay.

dragonblader117
dragonblader117

ah i love agood horror gane and there ar just too few out with silent hill just another dieing franchise and resedent evil becomeing more of an action game all we really have this genaration are dead space and alan wake. for all of you craving a good horror title go to ebay and pick up a ps2 or gamecube and play some clasic silent hill and resedent evil you'll thank me later.

Gezquester
Gezquester

This could be interesting...albeit a little freaky.

seriousplayer_d
seriousplayer_d

I love Del Toro's style. So I 'm curious about this project. Hopefully it's worth waiting?

Newager
Newager

I remembered Del Toro's sense of disturbance comes from bleak images and great selection of colors to convey the restlessness of a scene. But I wonder why when it comes to games, it seems, the theme of "slimy tentacles" have been overused... (to name a few, the darkness, clive barker's jericho, splatterhouse, dante's inferno). Hope it's not mainly about slob of juicy meat chunks on the floor like splatterhouse's or jericho's setting.

emoticedmar
emoticedmar

@damaster101 totally agree, i dunno where the real horror games went :( i've miss those times, like SH 3, Fatal Frame, RE 1 - 3

Vambran
Vambran

Unless hes talking about DLC Episode content no way they can pull off 3 games before next gen hits.

damaster101
damaster101

I hate horror movies but i like good horror games and this generation of consoles has been lacking them.Hopefully this can become the 'new' silent hill.

lamprey263
lamprey263

how about instead prematurely declaring that this will be a trilogy, because it can always flop and thus leaving no room for sequels, just focus on making the first game so good and successful that not making a sequel would be "insane" :P

jubdeidamasta
jubdeidamasta

@solamon that's a very good point , but that only assumes del toro wont be involved with the project at all. I am guessing and really hoping he will be involved with the writing and art direction. A good calibration is possible, however I'm probably being optimistic.

Quezakolt
Quezakolt

i think the name is generic.. find something better.. you can do it.

myungish
myungish

I'm very surprised they announced the series 3 years in advance. Let's hope it's worth the wait.

params7
params7

Best trilogy ever (videogames) = CONFIRMED.

SpedKnight
SpedKnight

i know its going to look stunning because of Del Toro but...i dunno

jmic75
jmic75

Uh oh a preplanned and announced trilogy....those never go over well unfortunately. Prove the rule wrong Insane....prove it wrong.

madmanspike
madmanspike

Not bad looking but it'll never make it to production codemasters will open up a lawsuit for using the name insane as codemasters already used it for there insane racing game back in 99 so it would be a copyright infringment, but if they change the name it might make it.

korko3
korko3

the release date being so far out really bolsters my hopes for this game, take your time and do it well!

lock445
lock445

Take it easy, partner.

Ever_Grande
Ever_Grande

Sounds cool, but we have to wait awhile.

Fandango_Letho
Fandango_Letho

Before making a trilogy, try to make a complete game first. You do not need a trilogy to make a rich story with well developed characters. See if the first game works, then you enrich it with sequels. Planed trilogies reminds me of Too Human and Advent Children.

dagrimmreepa
dagrimmreepa

2013?? WTF was the point of showing us a teaser in 2010? -___-

rattleheadxyz
rattleheadxyz

I wonder if one of the weapons will be a wine bottle, ala Pan's Labyrinth...

Barighm
Barighm

At least it will have a great story. I'm sure Del Toro will gaurantee that. I'd rather see him return to filming The Hobbit though.

The_Luigi
The_Luigi

Hell yes, another game that will be a trilogy but will inevitably bomb and get nothing past the first installment.

Solamon
Solamon

I just love when movie directors try to make the jump to video games and make the presumption to give gamers "something they have never seen before." What?! As much as I like Del Toro's movies what does he know about we have never seen before? To quote Ken Levine in the 207th issue of Game Informer: "Many studio exec types have told me that their dream is to have some big film director work with me to make a video game. My response was 'Why on Earth would I want to do that?' The notion is as ridiculous as me calling up an established film director and saying 'Hey pal. I've never directed a film before, but how about I show up on set tomorrow and take you to school?' Do you really want two egos like me and some hotshot film director butting heads over health station recharge rates or jump heights? Honestly, I'd expect that 10 minutes into the first meeting they'd [realize] they just mistakenly got on the wrong and very lengthy inter-continental flight." I feel bad for all the guys who are actually MAKING this game, doing the grunt work, while Del Toro gets to sit around in Hollywood firing off an idea every couple of weeks. And then, when the game is done, he gets the credit, NOT the guy who just put 4 years of his life into this project. Games like this only reaffirm that video games are still not seen as art. What a film director does: that's ART, but what a game creator does: mere craftsmanship.As if they had to import an artist from Hollywood for this one. Come on now!

NeonPink22
NeonPink22

@Waldkrieger Honestly, why are you expecting to see the next gen consoles in 2013? Sony has already said that it plans nothing till 2016. They want a 10 year life span, and so does Microsoft. There's no point in having this incredible, and sophisticated tech with the Move, and the Kinect and only to have the next generation of consoles to come a a few years late. No. If anything Wii2 will be released around late 2012, early 2013. An Microsoft and Sony at the EARLIEST will see a release of 2015. Again, due to the Kinect and Move no WAY would they want the next gen consoles come out any earlier than 2015. It's a bad business move in there case. Regarding the trailer. Yes it's a teaser. I'm mainly excited due to this; Del Torro + Lovecraftian Horror + A nice long release date which gives enough time for polish=Potential epicness. Notice I said "potential". Yes it could be the next Clive Barker, and at the same token it might not. At the very least it'll be interesting to see a similar game like Calithu. :)

LinusBlue
LinusBlue

Did they steal the inFAMOUS font?

lettuceman44
lettuceman44

Del Toro isn't a bad director, so this is interesting.

Zackarias-313
Zackarias-313

The only good game I've played that had anything to do with the writings of H.P. Lovecraft was "Call Of Cthulu: Dark Corners Of The Earth" for Xbox.

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

This is sort of ridiculous announcing a game over 2 years ahead of time. Who the hell knows what the world will be like by 2013 the way things are going. At the rate things are escalating we'll all be lucky to even be alive and with meals to eat by 2013. And' I do not doubt the next generation of consoles will be around or coming out around that time, if the world holds out.

Johny_47
Johny_47

I saw a glimpse of a teaser trailer for this and it was a crap trailer(doesn't help that I dispize teaser trailers). I like Del Toro's directing especially the Hellboy films so I hope this is good and keeps it going for a good trilogy but what ever happened to announcing a game/film a month or two before release instead of... 3 years? ridiculous =/

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

This doesn't affect anyone yet, but I plan on eating three meals tomorrow.

MATERAZZI_23
MATERAZZI_23

We might have the next generation of consoles already by then....

silverdoe
silverdoe

why 2013? it all ends in 2012!

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

Dunno much about this game, but I do know this. I'd rather Voilition be working on Saint's Row 3 right now. Maybe that's just me though.

SuperMegaMaster
SuperMegaMaster

Looks pretty interesting!! i'll keep an eye on this one