Silent Hills Cancellation


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.

5 comments on “Silent Hills Cancellation”

  1. I’ve never played any of the Silent Hill games, and am not much of a horror fan. But it was easy to see how the pieces that were to come together for this new entry could get series fans really excited. I’m sad for them that it appears to no longer be in the cards. I would also not at all be surprised to see del Torro and Kojima collaborate on a future project and would be interested to see how that shakes out. Even if it’s a different horror game that likely wouldn’t capture my interest, as a game industry fan it would be neat to see what comes and what effect it has.

    1. I’ve actually never been that much of a horror game fan myself. I’ve played few and finished even fewer. I love the attention to detail Kojima invests into his games, though, and seeing a big film industry name like del Toro not only making a video game debut but also collaborating him seemed like it was too good to be true. Unfortunately, that actually is the case this time.

      1. it’s still a bit baffling. i hope they get wise and sell the franchise to kojima, though that’s a long shot at best.

        and of course! as a fellow writer, i feel comments are so important. 🙂

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