Scrolling through today’s game related news, it feels like any other news day. A few releases next week, The Witness is doing well, Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro are talking at DICE Summit…. hold the f*ck up, who? What?
The pair worked together briefly on a little project called P.T. Perhaps you heard about it. The short demo, produced to create anticipation and tease the announcement of Silent Hills, created quite a stir after its release in August 2014. Unfortunately, due to the complications surrounding Konami’s stance on video games production the project was terminated and the creative force established by the partnership of prestigious video games producer, Hideo Kojima, and renowned director and screenwriter, Guillermo del Toro, was seemingly lost to time.
Flash forward to today, February 3, 2016.
The announcement comes by way of the official DICE Summit page. Kojima and del Toro will share the stage for a discussion, moderated by Geoff Keighley. DICE Summit is an annual gathering of creative minds from the gaming entertainment industry that distinguishes itself from other conferences by focusing on industry insight, business, and the creative processes involved in bringing games to fruition. The talk between Kojima, del Toro, and Keighley promises to “offer insight into their creative vision and the driving forces behind their artistic pursuits.”
While this gathering of creative genius by no means guarantees a future partnership, one could speculate that Kojima has always been a cryptic man, infamous for his musings and allusions; his actions often symbolic, in some way, of his intentions for the future. Perhaps this conference will offer the grounds for the pair to form another partnership. Perhaps that has already happened. For the sake of monitoring expectations, it’s worth noting that del Toro has previously vowed to never return to video games production. This unfortunate truth leaves little hope for the pairing but I don’t feel alone in saying that it’s a thought that is unavoidable and tantalizing.
If nothing else, the discussion between Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro on Thursday, February 18 will be intensely insightful. Following Kojima’s official departure from Konami, perhaps he will even speak to the limitations and unfortunate realities that lead to the termination of the project, originally.