Update (5/30/15): Told y’all. Xbox Division Head Phil Spencer officially denied this rumor on Twitter earlier today.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May 30, 2015
Seriously, how in the hell did so many people believe this? Original article below.
Stop it, internet. Stop it right now. Yeah, we know it sucks that Silent Hills was canceled. It would have been awesome to see a horror game in this series directed by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro. It would have been fantastic to control Norman Reedus’ character as we braved the twisted world those two would have come up with. I would have loved it.
However, the rumor going around today that Microsoft is purchasing the game from Konami to have as a Xbox One exclusive for “billions of dollars” is absolutely absurd. Hell, they paid $2.5 billion to purchase Mojang, the developers of hit game Minecraft, just last year; do you really think that they’d do the same for a single game in a franchise that they don’t even own?
Also, if the game was 80% finished, Konami flat out would not have canceled it. They’d finish it and release it. That’s just common sense; they wouldn’t let something that far along and cost them that much money just die without getting a return on that investment.
Look, I really do get it. This could have been an incredible comeback for the Silent Hill series, and people are deeply disappointed that it’s not going to happen. I know I am. That doesn’t mean that we should cling to very obviously bullshit rumors, holding a forlorn hope that this will come to pass. Mark my words: You will hear nothing whatsoever about this come E3 this year because it just ain’t gonna happen. Silent Hills is dead, people. Mourn its loss, and move on.