Last August I played through what was - and still is - the most terrifying video game I have ever experienced. It was called P.T. (short for 'Playable Teaser') and was an early demo for Silent Hills; a remarkable collaborative project between legendary game designer Hideo Kojima and the supremely talented director Guillermo del Toro. Tragically, that project, once brimming with truly horrifying potential, is now cancelled.
To add insult to injury, the game was even set to star The Walking Dead's terrific Norman Reedus, though sadly it has ceased to exist. Publisher Konami had remained rather quiet about Silent Hills ever since it was announced, with some suspecting the project was facing complications. Those fears were realized when del Toro came out and confirmed that it simply wasn't meant to be:
Then Reedus himself corroborated the bad news, posting on Twitter:
Super bummed about this was really looking forward to it. Hopefully it'll come back around. Sorry everyone
Sure enough, Konami finally came out and announced it themselves:
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.
Whether the existing form of the game will be re-worked into a different project or not still remains unclear.
I truly hope that some part of Silent Hills can be resurrected and brought to life again - the teaser was so spine-chillingly effective (despite consisting of just one endless corridor), it would be a shame not to follow up on those same winning ideas.
If you haven't yet played the deeply haunting P.T. then get to it! The game will be pulled from the PlayStation Network this week, so what are you waiting for - it'll likely be the last you see of this game for a good long while...