Guillermo del Toro Going Into Games

It’s no secret that Guillermo del Toro, director of great films like Pan’s Labyrinth, is a big fan of games, having spoken in the past particularly of his love for Flower and Shadow of the Colossus. However, the announcement that he is moving into making games himself may well come as a bit of a surprise.

Having left the new upcoming Hobbit movie project following studio stalling, it looks like del Toro is focusing on the more interactive side of things. He revealed the news in an interview with MTV, saying that the games will be made by his own team – in his words: “It’s not a development deal. We’re going to do it. We’re doing them.”


“Them”? Oh yeah, turns out it’s more than one game that del Toro is working on, and it looks like his love for artistic games with strong stories is likely to show through to his own projects too: “We’re going to do games that are going to be technically and narratively very interesting.”

Luckily, we won’t be having to wait too long to find out what exactly it is that del Toro is working on, or who it is that he’s collaborating with. “One of the things we’re announcing in the next few weeks is a big deal with a big company,” he says in the interview.

There are no real clues as to what he could be working on, but whilst he is now not directing the new Hobbit movie, he is still helping out on the writing side, so at least one of his game projects could be related to that.

Or, as MTV Multiplayer points out, the reveal of Irrational Games’ new title is in “the next few weeks”, but that is likely just coincidence. At least we only have to wait a couple of weeks to find out what del Toro will be bringing to the gaming world.

Souce: MTV Multiplayer



  1. will be Interesting to see what comes out, Pan’s Labyrinth was a good film.

  2. Would be interesting to see the direction he takes, being from an older generation, and not having this gen’s copy of “Selling 101: Online Shooters”.

  3. Will be interesting to see how many people in a row can start their comment in this article with “will be interesting to see”

  4. Will be interesting to see (that one’s for you Tony =P) what kind of game he takes on. Personally, I think he’s brilliant with narrative etc, so if the rest of the game is done well it could be very good. Let’s just hope his development team are good, and can make something that matches up to the standard of his films.

  5. Will be interesting to see if there is any Hellboy related output. Much prefer some original material though.

  6. Will be interesting to see if we can get any more than the 5 (now 6) comments all starting with will be interesting to see. Good stuff guys, very inventive!

  7. that is already sounding interesting ;)

    • Gah I tried, beaten to it though! Boo!

  8. Will be interesting to see if he can make a game that plays well with his own development team, as opposed to working with a pre-existing one.

  9. will be interesting to see if he can carry through the art style from Pans /the hellboy films. very interested to see what he comes up with. interesting.

  10. Wow, this is great news for gaming. I look forward to whatever he does, its a shame MGM Studios are in such trouble else he’d be heading up the The Hobbit (and we’re missing out on Bond 23)

    Great to see his interest in games is non-mainstream.
    btw see Pans Labyrinth if you haven’t, it’s amazing

    • Same here, fella. Love or hate his films, it’s great to see some film heavyweights getting in on the act. They might see how tricky it is to have a strong narrative/plot with an interactive environment but they may well bring something new to the table.

    • Yes, and I’d also recommend The orphanage, Devils Backbone and Cronos

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