Tuesday 3 August 2010

Guillermic Speculations

Item the first: Pan's Labyrinth mastermind Guillermo del Toro is making a video game. We have discussed this. We don't know what it is yet, but it's going to be "technically and narratively very interesting," and we'll be hearing more about it "soon enough."

Item the second: When Guillermo del Toro talks about his love of video games, he talks about Bioshock. It's come up multiple times. As well it should - it's a hell of a game. When at the end of that game's second act, Andrew Ryan asked if I would kindly bash his head in with a golf club, I practically wet myself in wonder.

Item the third: Having said basically squat about what they've been working on since Bioshock was released in 2007, Irrational Games are getting a gaggle of games press together next week for the big reveal. Exciting enough in itself, but put items number one and two together with three...

Could it be? Could it really, truly be?

And it could.

I have no insider knowledge. I could be way off base. But just imagine... Guillermo del Toro joining forces with Ken Levine... the successor to Bioshock with the aesthetic and narrative power of Pan's Labyrinth.

If that's what we're all going to find out next week, I'm telling you, my year will be made.

All together now, everyone: cross your fingers!


  1. As far as I know, the company Irrational Games is currently working on a secret project called Icarus. There is only this ittle teaser-site at the moment: http://whatisicarus.com/

    According to this news there's going to be a trailer on August 12th. http://www.vg247.com/2010/08/02/irrationals-project-icarus-to-be-trailered-next-thursday/

    I'm not sure if Del Toro or Ken Levine themselves would be very interested in doing another Bioshock after Bioshock 2 was so lukewarm (by others, but all the same).

  2. Oh no - I wouldn't want them to be working on another Bioshock. I mean a spritual successor rather than a sequel to any of Irrational's established IP. I think that's the one thing we know for sure about Icarus, come to that: that whatever it is, beneath the burning wings, it's something new.