We all knew it was coming. Konami has officially announced the cancellation of Silent Hills – a collaboration between legendary Metal Gear Solid developer Hideo Kojima and film director Guillermo del Toro.
Here’s the official statement Konami gave to Kotaku:
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.
It’s not surprising given the fallout between Konami and Kojima. But, Konami is letting an opportunity slide away from them. P.T. (the playable teaser for Silent Hills) was universally praised.
Plus, the horror genre has seen a massive resurgence in recent years thanks to YouTube and Twitch. Konami has one of the best-known horror franchises with Silent Hill and still isn’t capitalizing on it.
Then again, we don’t know all the specifics behind the scenes. There’s always two sides to the story. But, perception wise – Konami looks bad. And, perception is often reality in this day and age.
The Silent Hills project had to have cost a lot of money. You don’t get Norman Reedus and Del Toro on board for cheap. At least, you wouldn’t think.
As for Del Toro, he hasn’t had much luck with video games. Insane – a project with THQ was cancelled in 2012 as the company collapsed.
We will never know what this version of Silent Hill could have been. I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ve heard from the franchise though. Let’s just hope the next time we hear about Silent Hill, it isn’t a mobile game.
I just jinxed it didn’t I? I know what you are thinking about the news, but let me know in the comments.