Silent Hills Tokyo Game Show trailer
Silent Hills, a much anticipated project featuring Norman Reedus and a collaboration between Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima, is cancelled by Konami
With the recent fallout between Konami and mega games producer Hideo Kojima becoming more public, one of the most visible casualties is the now-cancelled Silent Hills collaboration with director Guillermo del Toro and featuring The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus. PT, or Silent Hills Play Test, was one of the most horrific, and awesome, video games to come to the survival horror genre in years, and it was only a demo. Yet it provided a glimpse of things to come, and, wow, did those things look utterly amazing. Yet, like all things too good to be true, Silent Hills is cancelled due to the departure of Hideo Kojima from Konami and PT is being pulled from the Playstation Network as a download today. There’s no part of this that doesn’t suck. Vice did a good job summarizing what PT did to reignite interest in Silent Hill and how cancelling the much-anticipated game has effectively silenced a series (no pun intended, really).
It’s probably no surprise that the game is cancelled, given its main creative force and the parent company are at loggerheads over things no one will probably ever truly understand or care about in any case. PT was an amazing experience and it was heightened by its status as a play test demo of a game. This will probably go down in video gaming history as one of the most anticipated games to be cancelled, especially after making such an impact on the world of video games. The game is horrific and dreamlike in its presentation. An interactive nightmare infused with elements of Japanese horror, PT, on its own, is an amazing game. It is a shame that few will get to experience it once it disappears today. Perhaps something can be salvaged of the relationship between Konami and Hideo Kojima, but that might be wishful thinking at this point.