Gunzilla Games Hires District 9 Director Neill Blomkamp as Chief Visionary Officer

Posted on July 22 2021 @ 03:07 AM BST

Independent video game developer Gunzilla Games has hired movie director Neill Blomkamp as the company's new Chief Visionary Officier (CVO). Blomkamp is known for his work as both director and co-screenwriter of sci-fi epic District 9. His first task in his new role will be to work on a new as-yet-untitled AAA multiplayer shooter title.

Along with District 9, Blomkamp has directed a range of popular science fiction titles. Elysium saw Matt Damon seek to bring equality to a world where the rich live as kings on a man-made space station, while the poor languished on a ruined Earth below. Chappie, meanwhile, starred Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Dev Patel in a world where police drones patrolled the Earth.

Blomkamp will aim to bring his directorial prowess to the video game industry, aiding with the storytelling and dramatic elements of upcoming games. In an interview with IGN, the director said: "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."

Speaking about the new untitled project, Blomkamp said: "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 favourite zone to be inside of. The primary thing no matter how you cut it will be player agency and the ability for players to just interact with it (the story) in a shooter environment in a way that hopefully is a really, really cool game to them - which means, in the event of being dropped in and playing, narrative takes a back seat."

This news was first reported at IGN.

Topics: Video Games