Last night’s Game Awards featured a brand-new clip of Hideo Kojima’s upcoming, and rather mysterious, game Death Stranding. Director Guillermo del Toro, the writer and director of films like Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim, had some choice words for Konami when he tweeted the footage.
Just to jog the ol’ memory, Guillermo Del Toro was working with Hideo Kojima and Norman Reedus on the now-canceled Silent Hills, which would have been published by Konami. The game was announced via one of the best viral marketing stunts in perhaps the history of gaming: the release of a mysterious horror “game” called P.T., which has become a bit of a digital collector’s item now that it has been pulled from the PlayStation Store.
Del Toro, for his part, still doesn’t seem over it.
Konami cancelling SH after PT is one of the most moronic things I've ever witnessed.— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) December 2, 2016
Let’s all keep in mind that this is a man who can sometimes harbor resentment when his projects are canceled. He famously had a version of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness” in advanced pre-production, with Tom Cruise set to star, before the studio put the project on indefinite hold.
“Imagine that you had a horrible miscarriage and there are a lot of scars, and you’re still dangling a piece of placenta,” he stated about that particular situation.
So this isn’t entirely out of character, and it’s admittedly a bit refreshing to see someone vent their frustrations in such a public way.