So there’s been some fairly disappointing news earlier this week. The game Silent Hills, which was hyped up more than the Coco Puffs bird injected with adrenaline by the stunning playable trailer simply titled P.T., has been officially cancelled.
I’ve never been a particular fan of the Silent Hills series, purely by virtue of the fact that I never really had access to them until I rented a remake on the PlayStation 2. I was always mildly interested in the series, since they looked like really fun horror games, and with the “announcement” of Silent Hills, I was really excited that this may have been the game to introduce me to the series. Judging by some comments I’ve read about the news, I was not alone in this line of thinking.
Another major cause for disappointment is that Silent Hills was going to be a collaborative project between some of the entertainments industry’s best creative minds, namely Metal Gear Solid’s Hideo Kojima and Pan’s Labyrinth/Hellboy’s Guillermo del Toro. It was also going to star The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus as the main protagonist. All of this talent put together, coupled with the aforementioned P.T., made for a very promising title.
Unfortunately, producer Konami pulled the plug on the entire project. Speculations suggest that much of it has to do with the company itself having some sort of falling out with Kojima, even going so far as to suggest that Kojima may be dropped from Konami altogether. Both del Toro and Reedus seem to be just as disappointed with this development as the fans are.
While the cancellation does not look too good for the Silent Hill franchise at a whole, I think one of the positive takeaways from this whole development is that Kojima and del Toro seemed to enjoy working with each other throughout their project. Silent Hills itself may now never be a thing, but I think it is very possible that these two creative minds can still create something just as good as Silent Hills promised to be, just under a different name. Of course, this is all hopeful and wishful thinking. The best that we can hope for is that out of the team up between del Toro and Kojima will come another, maybe even better, horror gaming masterpiece.