"F**K Konami," Guillermo del Toro Says
It was a "moronic" move to cancel Silent Hills, director says.
Film director Guillermo del Toro, who was working with Hideo Kojima on a new Silent Hill game before it got canceled, has lashed out at publisher Konami.
Writing on Twitter today, the Pan's Labyrinth director did not hold back. "F**k Konami," he said. This was the caption for a tweet that included a link to the newest trailer for Kojima's next game, Death Stranding. The very weird trailer aired during The Game Awards last night, and it featured none other than del Toro himself alongside Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen.
Kojima and del Toro said in the past they were interested in working together on something new, and Death Stranding could be that project. However, it remains to be seen what level of involvement del Toro has in Death Stranding beyond his appearance in the new trailer.
In another tweet, del Toro said the cancellation of Silent Hills makes no sense to him. This isn't the first time he's spoken out about the move, as he said in October 2015 that dropping the game "makes no f**king sense."
The director also showered praise on his friend Kojima, who took home an Industry Icon award last night at the show after being blocked by Konami to attend the event in 2015 amid his exit from the publisher.
Konami cancelling SH after PT is one of the most moronic things I've ever witnessed.— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 2, 2016
For its part, Konami has said it remains "committed to new Silent Hill titles," though none have been announced. It added that the Silent Hills game was not actually very far in development, claiming it was only in the "embryonic" stage.
Silent Hills wasn't the first video game project involving del Toro that fell apart. The 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."