Masanori Takeuchi, longtime producer on various FromSoftware games including Dark Souls Remastered and the upcoming Metal Wolf Chaos XD Remaster, expressed interest in doing collaborations similar to Elden Ring, a game that Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki is involved in with Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin. When asked what his dream collaboration project would be, Takeuchi honed in on film director Guillermo Del Toro as his dream pick.
“Del Toro obviously directed Pacific Rim and I’m actually a big fan of [the films].” Takeuchi said in an interview with IGN at E3 2019. “He really captured that kind of children’s robot anime sort of approach to futuristic robots in a mature setting really well, I feel. Obviously, we’re working on Metal Wolf Chaos, and we like mech and robots as well – and we think some sort of collaboration there would be fun.”
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Given that FromSoftware is no stranger to mech games, both with the Armored Core series and Metal Wolf Chaos, the choice makes sense. Guillermo Del Toro is also no stranger to video games himself, currently working with developer Hideo Kojima to appear in this fall’s Death Stranding.
As for the topic of this dream collaboration, Takeuchi seemed interested in the idea of an anime adaption of Metal Wolf Chaos. The upcoming remastered edition focuses on the over-the-top story of US President Michael Wolf fighting off a coup led by Vice President Richard Hawk, all while battling it out in giant mech suits.
“While it is a big robot action game, there’s a lot of moments that we think could be captured nicely in an anime,” Takeuchi said. “We don’t have a lot of personal interaction with the President and Vice President getting out of their mechs – talking and having some drama there. I think if it was adapted to an anime or something, it could really explore their personalities, get them talking, and explore that drama in that media.”
The original Metal Wolf Chaos was only ever released for the Xbox in Japan, though a few copies found their way to the US, giving the game a cult following. Its remaster, Metal Wolf Chaos XD, aims to keep all the insanity and destruction exactly the way it was in 2004, but with updated visuals. Its release date was recently set for August 6 this year.
Brendan Graeber is a Guides Editor at IGN, and would totally wake up on Saturday mornings to watch a presidential mech anime. You can fail to convince him Deathscythe wasn’t the coolest name for a Gundam ever on Twitter.