Confirmed: Guillermo del Toro’s “SILENT HILLS” Cancelled by KonamiBooks/Art/Culture,News Ken W. Hanley
While 2014 found many long-anticipated horror video games hitting consoles, including the FANGO Cover-donning THE EVIL WITHIN, there was nothing that scared gamers more effectively and unexpectedly as P.T. (short for “playable teaser”), the demo level for Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima’s upcoming SILENT HILLS, which was being developed by Konami and aimed to star WALKING DEAD icon Norman Reedus. But after a long-development process, SILENT HILLS, which was due to hit Playstation consoles in 2016, has hit several obstacles, the largest being Kojima’s abrupt exit from the project to further work on METAL GEAR SOLID V. And despite Konami’s claim that they were to make SILENT HILLS with or without Kojima, social media reports following Guillermo del Toro’s appearance at the San Francisco International Film Festival have stated the project itself may be dead.
“It’s not going to happen, and it breaks my greasy heart,” del Toro was reported as saying in regards to SILENT HILLS. This news comes hand in hand that, as of Friday, P.T. will be permanently removed from the Playstation store, with no plans for further release on any other platforms. And on top of that, Reedus himself tweeted that the project was no more, even if his sentiment was slightly hopeful that the project may one day return. While the cancellation is still “officially” unconfirmed, a SILENT HILLS without del Toro and Kojima would likely be a much more homogenized horror product than what P.T. had promised in its unique, atmospheric designs and legitimately terrifying scares. In any case, stay tuned for more on SILENT HILLS as it becomes available.