Guillermo del Toro Will “Never Again Get Involved in Video Games”


Following the cancellation of Silent Hills and the fallout between Konami and Hideo Kojima, it seems like Guillermo del Toro has gotten fed up with his direct involvement with video games.

In a sad bit of news, del Toro stated in an interview with Shack News that he will “never again get involved with video games.”

From the interview:

I have proven to be the albatross of video games. 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 have decided I will never again get involved in video games. Otherwise, I’ll join someone and his house will explode, or something.


I was in an apprenticeship. I learned a lot from Kojima-san, of course, and I learned a lot from my experience at THQ. I did. It changed the way I see narrative. We put two years of work in THQ. It was insane. We mapped it out, we did the viable, we did the outlines, we did the screenplay. We did a bunch of stuff. I know some of the tricks, or the stuff that I wanted to learn, I learned. Then I went to the side of Kojima-san, 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. But I am not… if I join another video game, World War III will start.

He did say he wasn’t completely turned away from video games, however, as he’ll allow other game companies to use his work as source material.

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.

It’s interesting to note that despite his statements to Shack News, del Toro did recently say both he and Hideo Kojima could be working on something together.

It is disheartening to see someone who has such a passion for video games and see two projects of his get canned. Hopefully we’ll see the day where del Toro makes his dream game. It seems though that day won’t be happening for quite a while.

What are your thoughts? Do you feel like del Toro deserves a legitimate chance with making a video game?

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  1. iHodor
    August 13, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    why god

  2. Kiririn51
    August 13, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    I think he said that in jest idk

  3. Random Marine
    Random Marine
    August 13, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Kojima finally getting involved with movies lol

  4. Dragonzeanse
    August 13, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    I can’t blame him. He’s been unable to produce a video game, like, three times now. There was one more time before THQ that he doesn’t talk a lot about, but it wasn’t some extraordinary circumstance that got it cancelled. THQ going under and Konami and Kojima splitting up, though… If I hadn’t made a game yet because those two things happened to me, I’d be very hesitant to go back.

    I think he could write a very interesting narrative for a game if he were given the chance to simply write for one. I’ve never really liked when directors tried making games, it hasn’t produced anything special. Most of them know as much about making games as the layman. But with someone as passionate as del Toro was to give it multiple shots, you never know.

  5. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    August 14, 2015 at 12:19 am

    It’s a shame, but I can’t really blame him if he really did want to drop out of the whole “makin games” business forever. This kind of shit could put anybody off it.

  6. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    August 14, 2015 at 12:39 am

    He puts it as joke if anything.

  7. OverlordZetta
    August 14, 2015 at 12:59 am

    He’s been doing movies for years, what are you talking about? His newest is even releasing soon!

  8. sanic
    August 14, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Well I would have liked to see what his work would have become but oh well.

  9. Superscooter
    August 14, 2015 at 1:07 am


  10. Kurumi
    August 14, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Not a fan of his films so, meh.

  11. Zombie_Barioth
    August 14, 2015 at 2:02 am

    That’s the vibe I get from it too. He’s certainly frustrated that his attempts at getting into the industry have been unsuccessful, but this seems more like picking fun at his own rotten luck to me.

    Del Toro doesn’t seem the type who sulks to me, but rather the sort who prefers laughing things off.

  12. Sevuz
    August 14, 2015 at 2:25 am

    I really Hope they both are making a movie together. Not that I don’t want to see a game from them but I think Kojima will be better for an animated movie.

  13. Takua343
    August 14, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Konami. not just content ruining their business, but ruining men’s dreams. I really hope Del Toro gets another shot with a company that isnt about to go under.

  14. Misogynerd
    August 14, 2015 at 2:51 am

    Shit, I live in the same city and study at the same college he did… maybe he’ll pass me this ability. I’ll go join EA as soon as possible.

  15. MusouTensei
    August 14, 2015 at 3:00 am

    He should work with EA, Activision and/or Ubisoft >:D

  16. Kiririn51
    August 14, 2015 at 3:11 am


  17. Suraimu
    August 14, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Good? That guy is way overrated in his own medium why do people think he has any idea of what makes a good game anyways.

  18. landlock
    August 14, 2015 at 3:30 am

    problem is though konami are very successful at the minute,

  19. Misogynerd
    August 14, 2015 at 3:45 am

    I just want Del Toro to finish making that Monster series (Naoki Urasawa manga) he was talking about.

  20. Wand
    August 14, 2015 at 4:45 am

    You don’t have any idea about how much Del Toro has done, right?

  21. Mr0303
    August 14, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Fair enough. He is a movie director and not a game designer. Stick with what you are good at. I wouldn’t expect a game directed by Steven Spielberg to be any good.

  22. Martin
    August 14, 2015 at 6:01 am

    I know that most gamers don’t want him getting involved in a game project again, but I have hopes for the guy. He’s been having rotten luck, and I really hope that all this bad luck is just karma’s preparation for something grand that he’ll do in the future…

  23. Haze
    August 14, 2015 at 6:26 am

    hopefully he’ll do something with EA or Ubisoft next

  24. Sebastian Mikulec
    Sebastian Mikulec
    August 14, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Come on Guillermo, you’ll change your mind eventually. Plus, I bet Ubisoft would love to work with you.

  25. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    August 14, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Well they are “going under” as far as video games go, since they’re taking a scorched earth approach to abandoning the industry in favor of Pachinko and shit.

  26. Nad Nod
    Nad Nod
    August 14, 2015 at 6:52 am

    with their “gamble/pachinko” business not gaming division right?

  27. landlock
    August 14, 2015 at 6:56 am

    …and there fitness business also there mobile gaming is doing rather well. They don’t need AAA gaming to survive.

    In the end seems like Kojima and Konami are responsible for this recent mess but Konami has been moving away from AAA gaming for along time now.

  28. landlock
    August 14, 2015 at 6:58 am

    They aren’t the first big publisher to pull away from gaming to more profitable areas. JVC did the same thing years ago.

  29. Nani Sore
    Nani Sore
    August 14, 2015 at 8:04 am

    Oh you ;)

  30. Nagato
    August 14, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Sounds like Del Toro continues to be an inspiration to Konami, then.

  31. Evropi
    August 14, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Not completely.

    He suggests that much like Kojima, his high standards don’t translate well to game production. He demands just a little too much of his teams and of the publisher’s money. And unlike movies, high-budget games are very much team efforts, instead of director-led like his films are.

  32. Gillman
    August 14, 2015 at 8:48 am

    He also, you know, might want to direct a movie between failed video game attempts too.

  33. Nad Nod
    Nad Nod
    August 14, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Wow fitness? that’s news to me, nice info
    I can agree with some of your point about their decision following what is more profitable, But i must point it out if Konami never produce such a good game(AAA)in the past will it be that this successful/well-known now?
    sorry it just sad i know them for their game

  34. DariusQ
    August 14, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Boom Blox was good and it was Spielberg. Nothing to set the world on fire but it was genuinely fun to play. Had multiple sequels too.

  35. DariusQ
    August 14, 2015 at 10:51 am

    That’s what happens when you try to make games into movies: as soon as there is more movie than game things spiral out of control, usually having to do with costs. Just like Hollywood.

  36. Fall
    August 14, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Me too. I mean he did just say that he and Kojima were probably going to be working together on a game in the future.

    Besides I doubt he’s that self conscious to not realize that THQ & Konami got fucked up on their own.

  37. Go. D Usopp
    Go. D Usopp
    August 14, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    If he’s a financial curse then can he please at least try working with Activision or EA for a little while

  38. Zanard Bell
    Zanard Bell
    August 14, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    Okay, didn’t know Del Toro had a THQ-funded game in the past. That’s disheartening, but I don’t blame him for this treasured publisher’s demise.

  39. Haze
    August 14, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    You know that could also mean something else.
    Kojima might be the one to transition into doing a movie with Del Toro.

  40. Fenrir007
    August 14, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Goddammit, Konami!

  41. Anime Sucks
    Anime Sucks
    August 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I swear that quote reads like a break-up rant. Is del Torjima broken up forever?

  42. Fall
    August 14, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Maybe but I’d be more excited to see something the other way around.

  43. Thanatos2k
    August 15, 2015 at 1:45 am

    The poor guy got screwed at every turn. Not really his fault.

  44. ender424
    August 15, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I hope so. I think he could have pulled off a fantastic game if weren’t for these stupid incidents.

  45. Takua343
    August 18, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    That wont last too long sadly. They’d rather throw in the towel and become fucking slot machines

  46. landlock
    August 18, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Mobile gaming, slot machines and Fitness. There be around for along time. Just not AAA gaming. They not the first or last to pull out.

  47. Takua343
    August 31, 2015 at 1:04 am

    they are among the more significant though