Volition and THQ have something prospectively interesting out on the horizon: a game featuring none other than cinema's Guillermo Del Toro. Reinforcing the notion that MTV ceased to have anything to do with music after the late nineties, Del Toro stopped by to chat about his upcoming game, inSANE. The director, best known for the films Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth, seemed very aware of his role as the new kid on the block. "I'm a huge gamer but going into constructing it, you have to be respectful of the medium," he said to MTV Multiplayer. Yes, apparently MTV does occasionally cover topics pertaining to video games. No doubt, this is due to the fact that
there are only so many hours you can devote to drunken 20 somethings, people whose lives you wouldn't cross the road to save, before even the most bald-faced simpleton won't take you seriously the company is always seeking to broaden its appeal to a wide range of viewers.
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To help bring the game to life, Del Toro has enlisted the help of Guy Davis (comic book aficionados might know his work from "The Marquis" and "B.P.R.D."), who will design inSANE's monsters. According to MTV, the game is set as a sandbox title with a Lovecraftian bent, "in a very sick way." Sadly, not much else is known about the game. InSANE is still quite a ways off - Joystiq reports a tentative 2013 release - so we'll all just have to sit like good little children, waiting patiently for Uncle Guillermo & crew to deliver a gift-wrapped box of "Jesus god, kill it with a shovel" to our doorsteps - that and a fresh pair of pants.
I'm always terribly wary of artists who cross mediums - God knows we've had enough terrible video game movies to give Mystery Science Theater 3000 another twenty seasons - so I can only muster so much excitement for inSANE. On the other hand, I positively adore Guillermo Del Toro. Pan's Labyrinth remains one of my favorite movies, with its seamless juxtaposition of fascist Spain with nightmarish fantasy, providing a moving, and deeply personal narrative. The director certainly knows how to create an atmosphere; whether this will translate to inSANE, and whether the team is up to the task, is anyone's guess. Still, it's very much on my radar and, I'll be sure to provide updates as they come in.