Long-running and reliable horror games site Rely on Horror has been consistently reporting on rumors that the Silent Hills series is being rebooted for some time now. This week, the site reported the rumor that PlayStation might have already backed the revival of not just the series, but also Silent Hills — otherwise famously known as Hideo Kojima’s P.T.
Rumors first began circulating in January of this year. AestheticGamer, a reputable leaker best known for their leaks of the Resident Evil franchise (like the upcoming Resident Evil 3 Remake), shared on Twitter that several Silent Hill games are in development.
“I’ll mention there are a couple of new Silent Hill games in the works,” they tweeted. “Konami about two years ago reached out to various developers to pitch ideas for two Silent Hill games, one a soft-reboot of the franchise, the other an episodic TellTale/Until Dawn-style game to go alongside the reboot. I don’t know anything more than that though, but I sure do hope Konami’s given it the appropriate budget and found the right developer to make those games succeed.” Rely On Horror reached out to their own independent source before reporting on these rumors.
This time, the site has reached out to multiple sources, who have let them know Masahiro Ito — the monster designer for the first three games of the Silent Hill series — is part of a team working on what is potentially a soft reboot of the series. The rumor has credibility, considering Ito and Kojima Productions have even seemingly hinted at things. Ito tweeted in late February about Pyramid Head, the series’ most famous monster, which had immediately followed a tweet originally from Kojima Productions tweet with the wording, “Sorry to be silent everyone!”
Rely On Horror’s report states that their sources have indicated Sony “as the driving force behind bringing the series back.” The sources have also indicated that Keiichiro Toyama — the director and writer of the original 1999 Silent Hill — and Akira Yamaoka — the composer for most of the series — are also making their return to the franchise. The development team might include members from “Project Siren,” which was in charge of Siren: Blood Curse for the PlayStation 3. The development of this game has been said to have been underway for approximately a year.
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AestheticGamer mentioned there were “a couple” titles in the series being worked on. A second title is rumored to be Silent Hills, the game teased at the end of P.T. that only got a concept movie at the 2014 Tokyo Game Show before it was canceled.
P.T. was famously canceled at least partly due to a dispute between Hideo Kojima and Konami, which eventually led to Kojima parting ways with the developer and starting his own company, Kojima Productions. Kojima Productions went on to release Death Stranding last year, and it seems like a Silent Hills reboot might be in its near future. If sources are to be believed, Sony has been working to restore the working relationship between Kojima Productions and Konami in order to get the game developed.
Even today, fans of the short Playable Teaser are still making haunting discoveries. And, despite, not being a proper Video Game, it’s considered by many as one of the best horror games in video game history. As a result, talking about P.T. is like summoning the boogeyman — not only because it’s almost impossible to play it since its removal from the PlayStation Store, but also because it hurts to think about what a full game might’ve been. But now, after more than five years, it seems like it might not have to hurt for too much longer.
Rely On Horror says their first source says the game, “will even make use of the next-gen PlayStation VR headset for PlayStation 5” Allegedly, Sony has pitched the game to Kojima as a “TellTale/Supermassive [Games] narrative-driven title,” with which he would possess full creative freedom. The site is careful with saying that the source emphasizes that Silent Hills is still a deal in the making, and that,” for now the only game in active development is the reboot from SIE Japan Studio.”
Thanks to Rely On Horror for the reports. We’ll keep an eye out for any further rumors and reports for the franchise, for it’d be wonderful to see the famous horror franchise get a successful revival on par with that of Resident Evil.