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Silent Hills Cancellation and Kojima Leaving Konami Make Guillermo Del Toro Give Up on Video Games

by Kyle Hanson

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In an interview with Shacknews, Guillermo Del Toro discusses the unfortunate events surrounding his various forays into video games. Of course most gamers are aware of the issues with P.T. and Silent Hills, which have been thoroughly removed from the PlayStation Store and canceled respectively. Before that there was another venture with THQ that ended badly as well.

All of this has added up to the famed film director giving up on video games almost entirely. When asked if he would allow games to be made based on his movies he was fine, saying that would be alright. However, when pressed if he would be involved in making a game he said  “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.”

Another part of the interview, where Del Toro explains what his history has been like with video games, had something interesting about it. While it’s certainly been no secret that Kojima and Konami are fighting, and almost everyone is certain this is leading to a separation of the two, we haven’t had full confirmation that Kojima was leaving Konami until now.

“I have proven to be the albatross of video games,” says Del Toro. “I joined THQ, and THQ goes broke. I join Kojima, and Kojima leaves Konami (emphasis added). 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.”

While this isn’t 100% confirmation, as it hasn’t come from Kojima himself or Konami directly, Del Toro is in a much better position to know what is going on. Perhaps Kojima told him personally that he would be departing the company, or alternatively Del Toro could just be restating the current, admittedly very strong rumors. Either way it’s just more evidence that Kojima is definitely leaving Konami some time soon.

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