With all the drama that’s been happening recently between Konami and Hideo Kojima, it was really looking bad for Kojima and Guillermo del Toro’s planned collaboration with the Silent Hill franchise. Then came the statement from del Toro at the San Francisco International Film Festival where he said,
“It’s not gonna happen and that breaks my greasy heart.”
Soon afterwards came this Tweet from the star of the game, Norman Reedus,
Super bummed about this was really looking forward to it. Hopefully it’ll come back around. Sorry everyone http://t.co/drZJ8tBsSN
— norman reedus (@wwwbigbaldhead) April 26, 2015
And now we have the final nail in the coffin, as a statement from Konami has announced that the game has indeed been canceled.
“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,” Konami’s announcement read.
This just sucks. After playing the P.T. demo that they released for the game (and if you want to play it, you better do so quickly as Konami is soon pulling it off of the PlayStation Store), I was really excited to see what Kojima and del Toro would do with this project. I was looking forward to the storytelling and the horror that this would bring, and was hoping that it would revitalize the aging Silent Hill franchise, but thanks to this weird power struggle that’s going on internally at Konami, we’re never going to see it happen.
Now I’m really worried about Metal Gear Solid: The Phantom Pain as well; a MGS game without Kojima isn’t a MGS game. I guess time will tell how this all plays out, but how many more games will Konami sacrifice before it’s over? What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments!