Horror fans took a blow back in April when video game developer and publisher Konami announced that they had officially cancelled the very highly anticipated game ‘Silent Hills,’ which was being made as a joint effort between celebrated designer Hideo Kojima and famed director Guillermo del Toro with Norman Reedus (of ‘The Walking Dead’ fame) in the role of the protagonist. Even the playable teaser trailer for Silent Hills, known as ‘P.T.,’ was removed from the Playstation Store (though anyone who still had it installed on their console is still able to play the game).
It seems that relations between Konami and Kojima had been breaking down for a while and Kojima will be leaving the company after the next ‘Metal Gear Solid’ game is released later this year, and since ‘Silent Hills’ was still in fairly early stages of development, it became a casualty. Fans were excited for the game since it’s one of video gaming’s most loved horror franchises but like many long-running franchises, many of the more recent entries were considered disappointments. Most people felt that a collaboration between these two incredibly talented creators would return the ‘Silent Hill’ franchise back to form. Indeed, some of what del Toro has said about their plans for the game sound like they were basically making the kind of horror game most horror fans only dream about getting, and then have nightmares about after playing. We’ll never know if they could have pulled it off with ‘Silent Hills,’ unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean we won’t get to see what they could make together.
In an interview with IGN.com, del Toro said, “I love working with Kojima-san. We are still in touch. We are still friends and working into doing something together, but that’s not going to be [‘Silent Hills’].” So while we obviously don’t know exactly what they’re working on together yet — could be a game, could be a movie, who knows? — they are working on something, and we can’t wait to see what it is.
So what’s your opinion? Were you disappointed in the cancellation of Silent Hills? Did you get to play ‘P.T.’ before it was pulled? Are you looking forward to whatever this new project is? Let us know in the comments below.