Silent Hills, the return of Konami’s iconic horror franchise is not going to happen. According to a quote from film director and producer/creative director Guillermo Del Toro, Silent Hills is not happening. The cancellation follows in the wake of the news that of Del Toro’s collaborator and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and Konami are going through a rough split.
The news broke when Del Toro was asked about it during a speaking event with the San Francisco Film Society last night.
Silent Hills would have been the first new Silent Hill game since 2012, which saw the release of Silent Hill: Downpour on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 and Silent Hill: Book of Memories on the PlayStation Vita. The mega collaboration between Del Toro and Kojima was punctuated by the starring role of the very popular Norman Reedus (The Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead). At Gamescom 2014, PT (Playable Teaser) was released as a demo on the PlayStation 4 using Kojima Productions’ Fox Engine. While no longer than a single sit-down, PT turned heads with its lighting technology and sheer eeriness factor that ultimately led to the announcement of the Silent Hills mega-collaboration.
The news is slightly unsurprising given the unannounced rumor of Kojima and Konami parting ways at the end of the year. Konami has refused to comment and Kojima has been surprisingly quiet on his social media channels. The Kojima Productions Los Angeles studios were renamed to Konami LA and all KojiPro related social media channels were migrated to Konami centralized accounts. Even the much talked about PT was announced to be nearing its end of availability on the PlayStation Store, with its removal suddenly flagged for Wednesday, April 29.
If the rumors are true, its a shame that such a major project fell victim of what seems to be egos clashing. Kojima’s presence at Konami was certainly becoming a whale in the executive room as the company has struggled to find an identity in recent years. I rarely play horror games but all the tech and creative minds behind Silent Hills made the project sound mind boggling.
At least we’ll always have that hallway.