Earlier this month, a prolific leaker of video game news said that Konami was actively working on a new game in the Silent Hill franchise, but the company has categorically debunked these rumors. At least, specifically as they were described in those leaks.
The original leak came from horror site Rely on Horror, and said that the next Silent Hill game would actually be a revival of the cancelled Silent Hills that was originally set to be directed by Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and starring Death Stranding star Norman Reedus. The game was cancelled after Kojima’s exit from Konami, but not before its Playable Teaser (commonly known as P.T.) became a hit among horror fans. The teaser was taken down from the PlayStation Store after the game’s cancellation, but it hasn’t stopped people from continuing to talk about it and break the thing to learn new secrets about its never ending hallway.
But, in a statement to Rely on Horror, Konami’s US public relations has squashed this specific rumor, while not outright denying that Silent Hill could be returning in some form in the near future.
“We’re aware of all the rumors and reports but can confirm that they are not true. I know it’s not the answer your fans may want to hear,” said a representative in the statement.
“It’s not to say we are completely closing the door on the franchise, just not in the way it is being reported.”
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While, yes, this is probably not the news some fans were hoping for, given that whatever Frankensteined version of Silent Hills would have come from this, it’s unlikely it would have featured the same leadership in Kojima and director Guillermo Del Toro, or starred Reedus, as Kojima’s very public fallout with Konami makes a reunion of what made the game so enticing seem almost impossible at this point. From the sound of it, fans can at least expect Silent Hill to see some kind of resurgence in the future, but it’s unclear at this point what form it will take.
While Kojima might have left the company, Konami has made a Metal Gear game in his absence in the form of Metal Gear Survive, which was a…departure from the series’ stealth roots, to say the least. Instead of going the route of a more traditional Metal Gear game, Konami literally sucked a guy into a wormhole so they could concoct a zombie apocalypse in the game’s universe. The industry at large saw through the transparent attempts to capitalize on the series’ brand recognition and reacted accordingly, but who knows if Konami will also find some weird way to make this next Silent Hill game something wholly unrecognizable or just make what fans (or general onlookers, honestly) are expecting when they hear the name?
Meanwhile, Kojima seems to be doing alright. Death Stranding did pretty well and Sony is so excited about having him in their pocket they’re using his face to promote video games at conventions.