April has been a rough month for fans looking forward to Silent Hills. Earlier this month, the Kojima Productions logo was removed from the game’s website, and it was reported over the weekend that P.T., the “playable teaser” for the game, is going to be removed from the PlayStation Store this week.
Considering the rampant rumors of Silent Hills co-director Hideo Kojima’s impending exit from Konami, fans began to fear for the worst. Then an attendee at the San Francisco Film Festival tweeted that Guillermo del Toro, who was to co-direct the game with Kojima, said of the series: “It’s not gonna happen and that breaks my greasy heart.”
Shortly thereafter, Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus, who lent both his image and voice to the game, echoed that sentiment, tweeting: “Super bummed about this was really looking forward to it. Hopefully it’ll come back around. Sorry everyone.”
While it was later revealed that del Toro was speaking only of collaborating with Kojima, as was reported to a source speaking to IGN, things still weren’t looking good for the series. On Monday, Konami finally offered a response to the rumors. As to Silent Hills’ immediate future, all the company had to say is “we will continue to develop the Silent Hill series,” according to Eurogamer.
The company used similarly terse language in addressing other rumors, saying that Norman Reedus’ image disappeared from the website because its contract period with him had expired, and that P.T. is being removed from the PlayStation store because its distribution period has ended.
What Konami didn’t say is that Silent Hills is still in the works. Even if the game is still in development, without Kojima and del Toro on board, it isn’t going to be the same game that fans have been anxiously awaiting. If Silent Hills isn’t dead, it’s likely alive in name only.
For a glimpse at what might have been, PS4 owners can continue to download P.T. from the PlayStation Store until April 29.