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Recently, the demo game PT, or Playable Teaser, was set to be removed from the Playstation store on April 29th. The brief yet well received offering was meant to be a trailer for an upcoming new Silent Hill game. This removal in and of itself was not especially worrying, but now a flurry of tweets from those associated with the project have indicated that it may never see the light of day. Combining this with the very public falling out between project developer Konami and designer Hideo Kojima, the fate of Silent Hills seems to hang in the balance.

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Image: IGN

Kojima was slated to co-direct the successor to the famous line of survival horror masterworks along with Guillermo Del Toro, the well-known progenitor of such films as Pacific Rim. Last March saw Kojima set to depart Konami under uncertain circumstances. Now that he could be leaving the company much sooner than the development of this game was meant to be finished, it’s possible that Konami have been unable to secure another suitable director to take over the project in his absence. Del Toro recently hinted that his collaboration with the project might have had ended as well.

Given these high-profile uncertanties, Konami may have made the decision to cut their losses early rather than try to reorganize their assets. No official statement is yet forthcoming however, so perhaps they are only choosing new faces to go along with the development. It seems unlikely in either event, however, given that PT inspired resounding success online from only it’s brief demo, and the Silent Hill IP is known to be a favorite worldwide. Why end a project that looks so promising, or jeopardize it with sudden upheaval?

We at Techraptor have reached out to Konami regarding recent comments from Del Toro at the San Francisco Film Festival regarding his involvement on the project and it’s ongoing viability. Until more is known for certain, we can only speculate as to whether this game is just messily reorganizing it’s pieces, or has ended up in the sink.

Gene Marsh

Gene is a student of biology and philosophy, who enjoys PC games, technical advancements, applied science, and the internet. Pester & harass him @GeneMildest

  • Reptile

    Konami, wat r u doing? Konami, stahp!

  • Romario Geier

    This is sad.

  • Leos

    Disappointing. Why do we see an increasing number of devs making bad decisions lately?

  • This was a really shitty week.

  • Zepherdog

    I won’t say I’m glad about this, but I’m sure not mad because of it.

  • root

    Looking at the bright side, I hope Kojima’s departure can bring in some good new games. After spending nearly 28 years on a single franchise, the guy must be itching to do something new.

    Still sad to see the possibility of this project crumbling due to it. With the popularity of horrow games this is as good as a time as ever to bring back Silent Hill to its roots.

  • Reptile

    Kojima next game will be Zone Gear Solid: Anubis Pain and Metal of the Enders: The 2nd Boss.

  • Zepherdog

    It seems to be a trend as of late. I blame publishers more than developers though.

  • Zepherdog

    I think the playable teaser was meant to be just that, a standalone teaser. It wasn’t supposed to be in any way linked to the actual game, since the preview where you can see Norman Rhedus in the streets gave off a very different vibe, more akin to the old silent hill games.

    Or at least that’s what I would have hoped. I guess we will never know.

  • GEhotpants101 .

    Now we’ll only have shitty silent hill games again. All that promise gone to waste. 🙁

  • Wisdomcube2000

    Possible internal issues may be going on that are causing this…