Many fans were disappointed to hear about the ‘Silent Hills’ cancellation, but maybe no more is more disappointed about the news than Guillermo Del Toro himself.
In an interview with IGN, Del Toro opened up about his feelings on the cancellation:
“The collaboration between [Hideo] Kojima and myself, the meetings, and the friendship that was developing was beautiful. We had an agreement on where to go. We had an agreement on how we were going to push the new platforms. We were having a blast.”
This makes the cancellation all the more heartbreaking now that we know just how excited Del Toro and Kojima were about ‘Silent Hills’.
Del Toro avoided telling any specifics about what they were going to include in the completed ‘Silent Hills’ on the off chance the project is revitalized, a prospect that, with Konami seemingly burning all evidence of the game’s existence by pulling the playable trailer off the Playstation store and then making it unavailable for re-download, looks more and more unlikely.
Del Toro continued: “Norman [Reedus, the Walking Dead actor who was attached to play the lead role] was super happy, Hideo was super happy, and so was I. I know there’s a petition going on the internet and it’s gathering signatures. I would add my signature to it, and hope that someone pays attention.”Photo credit: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com<
The petition he referred to has at the moment of this article’s posting just under 150,000 signatures.
This is the second time that Del Toro has attempted to collaborate with a video game company and have it fall through – the first time was with THQ where they tried to make a horror game called ‘Insane,’ which was abandoned when THQ went under.
This second failure has made Del Toro understandably weary to ever try to collaborate with this medium again, but he would be willing to give it another shot if he could partner with Kojima, saying: “[Kojima] knows he would be the only guy I would follow to the ends of the earth on anything. I think if anything can be rescued, I will be more than happy.”
If Del Toro and Kojima were to come together to independently create a spiritual duplicate of ‘Silent Hills,’ it would be a fitting time to do so: Koji Igarashi, the former producer and designer of the series ‘Castlevania’ and the creative talents behind the old-school classics ‘Banjo-Kazooie’ and ‘Donkey Kong Country’ have both launched successful Kickstarters that met their funding goals within the first days of fundraising. Hopefully Del Toro and Kojima notice this and become inspired to do something similar.