It might finally be time for us to let go of the dream that keeps coming back to haunt us. Of course, I'm talking about the criminally canceled Silent Hills horror game, once headed up by directorial luminaries Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro.
After news hit that the two collaborators — along with actor Norman Reedus — were back in touch, many hoped the project might be resurrected. Those hopes have now been dashed by Polygon's recent interview with Kojima.
"I don’t think that will ever happen."
Hideo was unusually candid about the canned game, especially considering the myriad NDAs ex-employer Konami no doubt has hanging over his head:
"After P.T. there were similar games that were released or were developed. Personally, I don’t want to do something that is in the same tone, I would prefer to do something that takes a different approach and a different perspective to it."
He admits it was nevertheless a valuable experience, but one that's best left in the past:
"P.T. in a way for us was also an experiment to understand many things. Silent Hills, I don’t think that will ever happen. I would definitely like to explore horror and by horror I don’t mean horror as a genre, but more like the feeling of terror as a theme, as a topic and this is one aspect that gets really close to interactivity of scariness so that is something I would be interested in exploring in the future."
Kojima spoke highly of his creative collaborators Reedus and del Toro, noting how they helped him make it through an exceptionally difficult period of his life.
And he's certainly not ruling out any chance of working with them in the future:
"Guillermo del Toro and Norman Reedus, who I just saw a couple of days ago, they really gave me a lot of support through my toughest times. I'd like to do something with them before I die."
Well that's good news. Provided he keeps an eye out for any unexpected lightening strikes, we can hope to see a game from these three in the not too distant future.
“To be honest, I don’t want to look back. I just want to move forward.”