Konami has confirmed our greatest fear: Silent Hills is no more. The horror reboot, co-directed by Metal Gear Solid’s Hideo Kojima and acclaimed film director Guillermo Del Toro – feared to be at risk after the game’s demo, P.T., was pulled from the PlayStation Store – “will not be continued,” according to a statement from Konami.
As well as marking the end of a game many were excited about, it also provides us with further evidence that the relationship between Konami and Kojima is not long for this world, with the Metal Gear creator rumoured to be leaving the game developer once he is finished developing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Konami’s statement reads “Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic Silent Hills project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued.”
Hideo Kojima’s name is rather conspicuous by its absence in that statement – akin to the removal of his name from all current Metal Gear Solid publicity materials – and rather childish on the part of Konami, should it be motivated by its falling out with Kojima. By all accounts, Kojima was the primary creative force during the development of the game, based around the Fox engine that he developed.
However, fans who enjoyed P.T. – which was downloaded over a million times, and is being sold on eBay (with PlayStation 4 included) for £1,000 a pop – have started a petition on change.org to save Silent Hills. The petition, which has a target of 75,000 signatories, already has over 61,000 supporters.
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