Last year at the Spike VGA’s we were introduced to inSANE, a brand new horror series being developed by Volition, the team that brought us the Red Faction and Saint’s Row series, and overseen by director Guillermo Del Toro. Del Toro’s known for his unique visual style, as seen in one of my all time favorite movies, Pan’s Labyrinth. Side note: if you haven’t seen that flick you need to stop reading this and go watch it. Don’t worry, this article isn’t going anywhere.
The first game isn’t due until 2013, so we have quite the wait ahead of us, but thankfully, in a recent interview with MTV’s Multiplayer Blog Del Toro let loose some new details regarding his exciting new game. We already knew it was a planned trilogy, the sequels of course will only happen if the first game does well, and it has some Lovecraftian influences. But now we know a little more. Head past the jump for some brand new details. READ MORE
Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) is working on a brand new IP for THQ, an action/horror series with the uncomfortably innercapped title of inSane. Unlike most new IPs that tend to start off modestly before gaining an audience and expanding, THQ and Toro have big plans for this new franchise as it’s been planned as a trilogy. Speaking at GDC this week, THQ’s Danny Bilson clarified a bit by saying “If the first game doesn’t work, there won’t be a trilogy. It’s not complicated.”
That makes sense. Like every other series out there, the future of it will depend on the level of interest gamers have in the game. Bilson continued by saying “We have to succeed on the first one. And then we have to succeed on the second one! And then you can make the third one. It’s not really that arrogant, if you will, to plan a trilogy because we’re very realistic.” The first inSane is still a ways off, roughly two years actually, but with someone like Guillermo Del Toro behind it and the Lovecraftian flavor, there’s great potential for this to become an incredible new horror franchise. READ MORE
I’m hesitant to be excited about the announcement that Insane, Guillermo Del Toro’s collaboration with THQ, will be a trilogy. The reason for this hesitation is we’ve all been burned by premature reveals like these. If you look at the industry’s past, games that are announced as trilogies tend to have things go horribly wrong. Too Human failed in every way, Beyond Good & Evil flopped commercially, we still haven’t gotten our Half-Life 2: Episode 3 and Advent Rising wasn’t nearly as good as many of us hoped.
None of that means Guillermo Del Toro’s recently revealed action horror game will flop and I sincerely hope it blows all our minds and sells more units than Call of Duty: Black Ops. Check past the jump for the game’s new trailer, just in case you missed it.