THQ's Guillermo del Toro game not due until 2013

Film director confirms first interactive effort won't arrive for three years in a "best case scenario"; cites famed horror writer H.P. Lovecraft as influence on rumored action-RPG.

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Those excited about film director Guillermo del Toro's upcoming collaboration with THQ better be the patient types. Though it has yet to be officially announced, the unnamed game was the central topic of an interview the Mexican director gave MTV recently. In it, he said that the project was of such a scale it wouldn't be out until 2013--at the earliest--and that there would be others to follow.

Could del Toro's first THQ game be a Call of Cthulhu-style horror RPG?
Could del Toro's first THQ game be a Call of Cthulhu-style horror RPG?

"With THQ we're looking at around a three year developing deadline for each game," said the Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth director. "Big games. More details [are] forthcoming, but we are truly exploring them in a serious manner. Expect the first game, best case scenario, 2013."

As for the first project to stem from the del Toro-THQ collaboration, the filmmaker did reveal that the rumored action role-playing game will definitely fall into another genre. "It's horror…but it's a very different type of horror game. It's not survival horror. It's truly a strange, geeky mix. It's a Lovecraftian thing. Let's leave it at that."

"Lovecraftian" is a reference to author H.P. Lovecraft, whose spooky fiction inspired the Call of Cthulhu series of pen-and-paper horror role-playing games. There have been several video games based on the franchise, most recently the 2005 horror action-adventure Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth.

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