Neill Blomkamp, the director behind films such as District 9 and Elysium, has officially entered the video games industry. Speaking to IGN, Blomkamp confirmed that he is working on a AAA multiplayer shooter with Gunzilla Games, a new studio established last year comprising talent from notable outfits such as Crytek, Ubisoft, and EA. As Gunzilla Games’ Chief Visionary Officer, Blomkamp will serve as a “an egalitarian version of being a film director” to help the development team shape the aesthetic of its new game. Gunzilla hasn’t shared any real details about its project, but Blomkamp’s resume and history as a filmmaker suggests that it will have strong sci-fi elements and a rich narrative.
The flood gates are finally open: @NeillBlomkamp, the Oscar-nominated director of District 9, Elysium and Chappie, joins Gunzilla Games as the Chief Visionary Officer. Find out more in the @IGN article: https://t.co/b6v2ltoEx3— Gunzilla Games (@GunzillaGames) July 20, 2021
Blomkamp won’t be drawn into saying more about the game, and makes clear that it doesn’t have any overt connection to any of his movie work – although he does allude to a possible setting: “I think the idea of near future science fiction is something that is really interesting. Conceptually, as well as from a visual and design point of view, that’s my favorite zone to be inside of.”