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Guillermo Del Toro Says He Doesn't Want to Make Another Video Game

"I have proven to be the albatross of video games."


After his video game projects with THQ and Konami fell apart, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim) is not interested trying again. He says in an interview with Shacknews that he has no interest in attempting to make another game.

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"I have proven to be the albatross of video games," he said. "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."

Del Toro said he "learned a lot" from Kojima and THQ, so much that it "changed the way" he sees being able to tell a story. In the case of his project for THQ, a game called Insane, del Toro said he did two years of work on that project before it was eventually canceled. Though that game never materialized, he took the learnings to Silent Hills, his horror game with Konami and Hideo Kojima. But this project, too, was not meant to be.

"Then I went to the side of Kojima, because he's a master, and I can gladly say that we are friends and I love his work and I will continue learning from him as a friend," he said. "But I am not… if I join another video game, World War III will start."

Del Toro may not be entirely done with video games, however. He said he would consider allowing other developers to make games based on his franchises. If this were to happen, the extent of his involvement would be top-level guidance, not the kind of deep involvement he had with Silent Hills and Insane.

“I can be creative about it, and I can be educated about it, and talk about it in a way that helps them make the video game. But no - I can't," he said.

Back in July, del Toro said he and Kojima are still friends and might even be collaborating on project--but it won't be Silent Hills.

As for Kojima, sources have told GameSpot that he will leave Konami when his latest project, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, ships in September.

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