R.I.P. Silent Hills: We Hardly Knew Thee
I have sad news to deliver today folks. I won’t pontificate on it in a larger fashion now because, frankly, it bums me out too much to think long on it overlong. Silent Hills is dead. Despite the future of the title being in the grey after the departure of Hideo Kojima, we now have information as well as a words from Guillermo del Toro himself when he spoke at San Francisco International Film Festival last night.
We already had seen Konami removing the “A Hideo Kojima Game” from the marketing for Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hills. Fans — including myself — had hoped that Del Toro at least would be able to continue on the Silent Hills project even if Kojima was gone. Now we are starting to see signs that Konami is starting to nix the project altogether, including removing P.T (the playable teaser for Silent Hills) from the Playstation Store.
Del Toro reportedly had this to say about the now ill-fated project last night:
— TV's Matt Hackney (@tvsmatthackney) April 26, 2015
This just breaks my heart. As a long time fan of the Silent Hill series, I was really looking forward to what the combination of Kojima and Del Toro would bring to the table. Even though the quality of the franchise had declined with recent releases, I was still cautiously optimistic about how Silent Hills turns out.
Now I just hope they kill it off entirely. Without the backing of passionate and driven directors, I can’t see a new iteration of Silent Hill (or Hills) being any better than the lackluster line that has marked its recent lineage.
Given the recent dust-ups at Konami, and the silence on the issue, I feel that even if Silent Hills continues it will not be the in the same capacity that had myself and others hopeful for the future of this franchise.
Thanks Konami. Wonderful Birthday News.
NOTE (3:30pm EST 4/26/2015): It’s been clarified that the comment from Del Toro in question was in regards to him collaborating with Hideo Kojima on Silent Hills. Not 100% confirmation the project itself is dead. Not that I was inferring Konami was never going to make a Silent Hill or Hills game in the future at this point. Only that that the project as we knew it is currently dead in the water.
Note 2 (11:00am EST 4/27/2015): It is officially official now. Gamespot spoke with Konami regarding Sillent Hills and a statement from the company had this to say:
“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.”