Guillermo del Toro's InSane revived

Pan's Labyrinth director's action game finds new mystery developer after being canceled by THQ.

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THQ may have dropped filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's action game InSane, but the project has found a new developer. The Pan's Labyrinth director told IGN that he had shopped the game around to numerous developers and it is now back on track.

"We were going to go to a lot of developers after THQ, but it seems like we’re going to be developing it after the first meeting we had," he said. "I can't disclose where it was, but we went to a great developer on the first meeting and it seems that they’re picking it up because they love the package."

In October, del Toro was asked which studio would be a "dream developer" for InSane, and he responded with Half-Life and Left 4 Dead company Valve. He said he is a "big fan" of the outfit.

Concerning how far along in development InSane is, del Toro said at the time of its cancellation at THQ in August, the game was in "good shape." The world, the creatures, the levels, and the story were all in place, he said.

Despite that, InSane is not likely to ship anytime soon.

"We were two years away. The development span of a game like this is three years. We put a good year and a half into it and we have the universe quite figured out, but we are now going to take that and start doing all the leg work with coding it, creating the engine, and starting to test it," he said. "It’s going to take a good two years of modeling and rendering and creating the environments and all of that. The basic tenants of the game is that it’s created, but now we’re going to need to start actually making it."

InSane was also previously revealed to be a trilogy. Del Toro would not say if this was still the case, noting that he is more concerned with making a "great game" than planning anything out that far.

Discussion

56 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

I really like Guillermo Del Toro's movies, he's very good at creating a spooky horror vibe, so I'm glad that this game is alive again. It's too bad that it was canned by THQ, but the good thing about games (as well as companies and employees) is that they can rise again. I hope this game can immerse you into a similar spooky vibe as his movies.

 

I haven't enjoyed a horror game since Clive Barker's Undying. Since I'm Swedish I have of course heard about Amnesia, but I want to be able to fight back against the monsters. It doesn't have to be easy, but I want an action element, like Undying had.

JDKProductions
JDKProductions

I think Activision is making the game because they use the word Insanity in Assassin's Creed 3 and Far Cry 3. 

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

If it was a great game, it wouldn't need a trilogy.  Movies are one thing because of time constraint, but games can have over 100s of hours.

erix43
erix43

I have been hoping for a good, well written horror game for years. I have been let down by many. The zombie genre was pretty cool, but I wanted some good ole fashioned DEMONRY. I thought Clive Barker's game, "Jericho" was going to be awesome when I saw development, but it was kind of a let down after release.. I am very confident that this guy would pay huge attention to detail, like he does in his  movies. This guy is a creative  god. I love his work. 

jubdeidamasta
jubdeidamasta

As long as Del Toro is directing the artistic aspects of the game and letting the game developers work on the game part. I still have high expectations for this game.

Blinded_Colony
Blinded_Colony

One could only wish that Valve was developing it...

BlazeKingz
BlazeKingz

when i saw the logo i thought it was some kind of inFamous spinoff lol

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

yay:D I'm so glad:D I can't wait for more news.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

Del Toro is indeed a creative visionary. very glad to hear this is back on track, and I'm definitley looking forward to the game.

Mortos13
Mortos13

YES!!! i was in distraught when i heard this was cancelled. It sounds so innovative and coolbeans. Glad to hear its back!

FranklynStreet
FranklynStreet

Glad to hear it.  Del Toro is an avid gamer and a visionary directory, and no doubt a game from him would be insane...ly awesome.

tgwolf
tgwolf

It better be worth playing and by that I mean under an M-rating. We're not so idiotic as to accept that mystery and suspense owes anything but bitter rivalry and animosity toward elements which merit an M-rating. I so wish we could grow up and leave this pitiful rut, we could be so much more as a society and that would include gaming, and yes, that means better suspense and especially psychological games...But for that to ever happen we would have to reverse this reverse evolution we are undergoing as we as a society chase disgusting lusts.

69ingChimpmunks
69ingChimpmunks

I honestly think the game is getting far too much hype, Especially for one that is still a good 3-4 years away from seeing the light of day. So, I am simply gonna kick back and relax and wait to see if they actually continue making the game or bench it once more.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

it's either Infinity Ward or Treyarch no doubt

dylan417
dylan417

Del Toro always bites off more than he can chew. He has about 20 projects announced post-2008 and not one has come close to the light of day. I don't see this one being much different, though I would love to see how it turns out.

soulless4now
soulless4now

That's good it got picked up. Hope it turns out well.

Borrizee
Borrizee

Del Toro deserves a chance. I love his movies and storytelling. I'm hoping he can bring it to life in gameland.

Rivboets7
Rivboets7

I'm hoping this game is new and innovative, I really want to experience something new.

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

Del Toro is a man of vision. I love video games that ar clearly made by peple of vision. With what little I know, I am pleased to hear this is continuing, honestly THQ isnt fit to sweep Del Toro's Kitchen IMO. Will be following more developments as they come and I am hoping the mystery Developer is a good group of foik.

nephili232
nephili232

I would love to see del Toro make a video game... and more importantly get the support necessary to make it a solid game.

ElfShotTheFood
ElfShotTheFood

Wouldn't Valve be everyone's "Dream developer"? I seriously doubt they'll have anything to do with this game.

wyan_
wyan_

I'm willing to bet it is Valve. This will be one to watch for.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Insane is revived. This game could still good, A new IP should be at least given a chance. Glad Del Toro is sticking with it.

jack00
jack00

NICE! I had this game on my track list since it was announced, was disappointed when it got canceled but I knew Del Toro wouldn't drop this project. I really wanna see some gameplay footage to know what this is all about!

King9999
King9999

Sounds like the game will be released for next-gen consoles.

RealFabioSooner
RealFabioSooner

"InSane was also previously revealed to be a ***trilogy***."

 

Not anymore if the mystery developer is Valve.

#rimshot

SolidTy
SolidTy

I am not sure about this. I am usually not a fan of movie guys getting into the game industry....

electro57
electro57

Hopefully he does a game for "Pacific Rim".  

FAIL_TR0LL
FAIL_TR0LL

Team Ico picked it up. Development on Insane will start when they are done with The Last Guardian. Expect it sometime around 2025.

TrueGB
TrueGB

Feels like something Deep Silver would do.

aleks_989
aleks_989

Crossing my fingers that the "dream developer" is Valve.

JDKProductions
JDKProductions

Or they are making a game called Insanity. I don't know.

erix43
erix43

 @FranklynStreet 

 

I have been hoping for a good, well written horror game for years. I have been let down by many. The zombie genre was pretty cool, but I wanted some good ole fashioned DEMONRY. I thought Clive Barker's game, "Jericho" was going to be awesome when I saw development, but it was kind of a let down after release.. I am very confident that this guy would pay huge attention to detail, like he does in his  movies. This guy is a creative  god. I love his work. 

ValmartheMagi
ValmartheMagi

 @tgwolf What the hell are you talking about? And no, its almost certainly going to be an M rating. Have you even seen his movies?But enough you silly troll. Go back under your bridge.

AgentMothman95
AgentMothman95

 @Bl4KD37H Wow, really? Hellboy1-2, Blade 2, Cronos, Pan's Labyrinth were all awesome movies! He is my  favorite director, so yeah I'm a little biased, however I'm sure I'm not the only one to tell you that you are terribly wrong.

FranklynStreet
FranklynStreet

 @dylan417 But that's normal.  Everyone in Hollywood on Del Toro's level has a similar number of projects in development.  The only difference is that Del Toro is completely open about his development slate to fans and the general public.  You make it sound like it's a flaw of his, when in reality, it's simply the way things work and Del Toro is more transparent about it than just about anyone else.

Halloll
Halloll

 @aleks_989 then we know its gonna be in first person and likly to use an 8 years old engine.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

 @Halloll 

 

Source Engine back in 2003 was powerful engine alongside Id Tech, just like Cry Engine 3 and Frostbite 2 is now ...

 

Source 2 already being developed,, Valve said they just need to find right games for launch alongside the new tech,, I think that would be Half Life 3

 

=?

aleks_989
aleks_989

 @Halloll Valve is already working on a new engine for several years now. And when it comes out, no engine will be it's match ! FPS yes, but an old engine I don't think so.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

 @SythisTaru  @ElfShotTheFood You're a fool.  Never post again.

 

Half Life were the only good games they ever made?  I guess you just don't like good games then.

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

 @Thanatos2k  @ElfShotTheFood Half-Life 1 and 2 (+ episodes) are the only games I like from them, and they are great...but Valve also doesn't seem to like making them and kinda just stopped development right in the middle of the story. (Without apologizing the fans)

SythisTaru
SythisTaru

 @aleks_989  @Halloll Eh, source looks good at times, but it has always felt a bit cheap in comparison to other engines. It was the same way when Half Life 2 and Doom 3 launched kind of close to eachother.