Death Stranding: Guillermo Del Toro Is Not Creatively Involved

The Pan's Labyrinth director is only a character in the game.


Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has clarified his role in Hideo Kojima's new game, Death Stranding. He told IGN that he is not creatively involved, though, as the Game Awards trailer revealed in December, he is a character in the game.

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"Kojima-san called me and said, 'I want you to be a character in the game,' and I said, 'Gladly.' He’s discussed his ideas so I could understand the character, but other than that I'm not involved, creatively, at all," he explained.

"This is entirely Kojima-san’s game," del Toro added. "I think it's gonna be a fantastic game, 100%. But this is him and his ideas. I'm just a puppet in his hands. My contribution is limited to being a cheerleader for his ideas and being scanned for long hours at a time. That's about it."

del Toro is not the only famous person in Death Stranding. The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus is the lead character, while Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen is playing some kind of bad guy.

Kojima and del Toro said in the past they were interested in working together on something new, and Death Stranding was later revealed to be that game.

They were working together on Silent Hills before it was canceled, something del Toro still voices his discontent for. Silent Hills wasn't the first video game project involving del Toro that fell apart. The Pan's Labyrinth director was working on a horror game called Insane with publisher THQ, but it never materialized, in part due to the company's bankruptcy. After being burned twice, del Toro has said he doesn't intend to try to make a game of his own again.

"I have proven to be the albatross of video games," he said last year. "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 will never again get involved in video games. Otherwise, I'll join someone and his house will explode, or something."

Death Stranding is in development for PlayStation 4 and PC. For more, check out all of GameSpot's previous coverage of the game here.

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Yeah, but Kojima was getting tired of it. I don't think he really even wanted to make guns of the patriots. As much as I love metal gear, it SHOWS. I'll never buy another MG game again because the series left off in a good place. Everything important that I wanted to know was explained. It's time to let them rest

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I'll be honest, no matter how this Death Stranding game looks interesting, I really wish Kojima never left Konami, and continued making Metal Gear games.

I played most of his games, and they were all great (although, when it comes to ZOE, I loved more anime side stories, especially Dolores series), but there is just something in MG gameplay and setting that I could never get tired of.


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"I'm just a puppet in his hands." Aren't we all.

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"I have proven to be the albatross of video games". Please join EA or Activision

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@Moonco: Guillermo must be waiting for all of them to merge into a conglomerate. Honing, in the meantime, his Trojan Horse ability, ready to bring them all down in a single, concentrated, solitary maneuver. Once it has transpired, I shall pen the tale down in my own style and call it thusly: "The Rime of the Ancient Game Developer".

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@Moonco: or Ubisoft

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@jach: I forgot about them lol

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If Silent Hills was not cancelled, I guess we would be playing it now

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Good stuff

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Looks retarded anyways lmao

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@CptJohnnyRico: lol

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LoL this character sums his hollywood career, nothing but a place holder for projects and box office poison.

He should exile himself and write something similar to his only good movie El laberinto del Fauno.

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Guillermo del Toro is quickly becoming Kojima's number 1 fanboy. I'm starting to think he might hate Konami more than anyone alive, even the fans lol.

As for Deathstranding, I think there's no other game coming out that has so many people questioning what it will be like/about. I know it definitely has me curious and excited.


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How in the hell do you not use the assistance of Guillermo del Toro...

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@steamaddict: I doubt he would do it for free.

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We've been hoodwinked. He's not even a character in the game. He was only used for the trailer.

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@saturatedbutter: Knowing Kojima's past that statement could very well come to fruition.


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@saturatedbutter: and further this story does not exist in reality 21859673.......wait......

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Bummer, maybe next game...

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I'm sure it'll be good

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@girlusocrazy: The trailer has gotten me excited so I hope that you are right

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Low to mid budget, spends it all on expensive Hollywood actors. When will Kojima learn? Will he even finish this one? If I was Konami I would have sacked him too.

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@pspearman: Same, I dont get the Kojima worship!

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@darksouls: Ah, MGS?

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@Arkhalipso: Meh

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@pspearman: You tell 'em. They should hire you.

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Fack Kojima, Del Toro, and Death Stranding.

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@iandizion713: For once, I actually agree with you. After all this time, we've found common ground!

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@iandizion713: f**k that, f**k this noise and f**k the world......F***K THE WORLD!!!!!

eh, you sound like you been listening to ICP.......1999, Jeckyl Bros.....TRACK 12 to be

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@darthrevenx: Could also have been Tiger Army F.T.W. off of Tiger Army II: Power of Moonlight haha

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@darthrevenx: Fack ICP, they suck.

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@iandizion713: But Juggalo Island......and Juggalo Homies.....the Dark Carnival.......

what you wanted Psycho Circus??? that game sucked....lolz