If you have Internet access and even a sliver of interest in the events of the gaming world, you are probably already well aware that Silent Hills has been officially canceled. Hideo Kojima’s love child with Guillermo del Toro, which was greatly anticipated to be the messiah of horror games, is as dead as a talking fetus in a sink. Gone. Dead and gone. FOREVER.
The frustrating part is that nobody seems to know why. All the public knows is that that there was some drama between Kojima and Konami. It’s not a secret that Kojima is a bit of a diva, but he consistently puts out solid work. People involved with him have spoken out on social media on his behalf—only to quickly retract their statements. Even stranger, Konami has stated that Kojima will continue to be involved in the Metal Gear series and that they are “committed to new Silent Hill titles.” The company issued a statement to Kotaku saying:
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.
In terms of Kojima and Del Toro being involved, discussions on future Silent Hill projects are currently underway, and please stay tuned for further announcements.
So what the hell, guys? A lot of people are pretty devastated. At least 120,000 people, judging from the amount of signatures on a petition to continue development. Even the amazing minds behind the Goat Simulator made a plea for reconsideration.
Konami has pulled P.T. (the playable teaser that announced Silent Hills and showed us what Kojima could do) from the PSN store, and eBay has banned the selling of PlayStation 4s with P.T. preloaded. What does it all mean?! Is the pop-culture horror trend finally winding down, and such a vastly expensive AAA title isn’t worth the investment? Did del Toro’s great-great-great grandfather anger the video-game gods? (This is not the first hugely hyped project he has been involved with that fizzled out.)
For now, we will mourn the thing that could never be—but we’ll always have the hallways.
Good night, Silent Hills. Sweet Dreams.