Neill Blomkamp's no stranger to video games. While he's better known for District 9, Elysium and Chappie, he previously dipped into gaming territory by directing Halo: Landfall and Anthem: Conviction. Now, according to IGN, he's joining Gunzilla Games as their Chief Visionary Officer.
Notably, this announcement confirms that Gunzilla Games are working on a presently unannounced AAA multiplayer shooter, marking the studio's debut game. Having been set up last year, pre-production has since begun and now, Blomkamp's getting involved.
Speaking about his new appointment to IGN, Blomkamp confirmed his role will be to act as "an egalitarian version of being a film director", working with the team to decide how they should best proceed with the design, audio, storytelling, and more. Specifically, he advised that:
It comes from a place of bringing directorial skills that would be along the lines of the films that I've done before to the aesthetic of the game. The difference [from directing a film] is not acting like a single point that guides the creative team. It's making sure that you're integrated into the team in a real way.
I can come in with a very definitive point of view, but it has to work on two levels. It has to be accepted by the greater team as the right creative direction to go in. And it also has to be, first and foremost, something that can integrate into the architecture of gameplay in a way that's beneficial to the game.
When asked if his role is comparable to George R.R. Martin's in Elden Ring, Blomkamp replied "You're thinking in the right way." While this interview doesn't tell us much about the game itself, Blomkamp does confirm this project won't tie into any of his previous work. It sounds like we'll be waiting sometime before learning more, though as always, we'll keep you informed when we know.