Guillermo del Toro’s likeness appears in the new Death Stranding trailer released at The Games Awards 2016, and it looks like he might be in on Kojima’s new solo project. Del Toro had been working on Silent Hill with Kojima when the Konami cancelled the project, ultimately leading to Kojima’s own departure from the company.
Del Toro’s level of involvement in the new title is still up for debate. He does feature in the aforementioned trailer, and yet contrasting sentiments have been published by the director himself. Last year, he appeared to denounce any further involvement in the video game industry, labelling himself the “albatross” of gaming in the following statement:
“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.”
Nevertheless, the duo were in equal uproar over the studio’s decision to cancel Silent Hill. With Del Toro taking to Twitter today announcing that “Konami cancelling SH after PT is one of the most moronic things I’ve ever witnessed” whilst back in October 2015 his sentiments remained the same as he broadcasted how the cancellation “made no f**king sense”.
Guillermo del Toro’s tweet can be seen then as a rallying cry behind his buddy Kojima, and his involvement in video games seems to be far from over. Only time will tell whether or not the del Toro curse will follow him over to this weird and wonderful 2017 release.