Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro will have to continue his ever-growing wait to break into video games. In reaction to their strict spending limitation during a financial crisis, THQ has announced the cancellation of their cooperative effort, inSANE.
Announced at the Spike Video Game Awards in 2010, inSANE was actually del Toro’s second attempt to enter the video game market. His first project, Sundown, fell through after Terminal Reality never mentioned it again beyond the initial planning stages.
del Toro had been working frequently with Saints Row developer Volition, getting story rhythm and beats down pat. With his game canceled, all the IP rights will be returned to del Toro, who will be allowed shop around with other publishers to find some backing. However, del Toro claimed in an interview with The Times that THQ was the only company willing to take a risk on the IP.
“They were all very resistant and conservative. It was like the worst version of a movie studio meeting.”
Against the ropes, THQ has been forced to take a more conservative approach to producing video games, and deemed the original IP from the high demand film director too much of a risk. They also dropped Ninja Gaiden director Tomonobu Itagaki’s latest game, Devil’s Third, from their line-up back in May. Instead, they want to focus on their core franchises: Darksiders, Saints Row, Metro 2033, South Park, and Company of Heroes.
del Toro has described himself as a hardcore gamer, and passion projects don’t always bring in the most money. Here’s to hoping he breaks in someday.