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Silent Hills Cancelled, My Hopes Shattered

It’s official. My hope for a new and improved bad-ass, amaze-balls Silent Hill game has been dashed, destroyed.

It was too good to be true honestly: Guillermo del Toro, Hideo Kojima and Norman Reedus all working together on a new iteration for a series I love and cherish. P.T. alone is amazing, so Silent Hills was bound to be something incredible. Now we’ll never know. Maybe, when Kojima has officially moved on, he can get the gang back together and create the horror game we were promised; it won’t be Silent Hills, but I think we would be cool with that.

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 to Kotaku

Konami tries to downplay the bad news by explaining there is still hope for a new Silent Hill game, but it’s not going to be the same and will be years before a decent team can make it happen. We all know Silent Hill hasn’t been great in years. Numerous developers have tried to spark some life back into the series—Double Helix Games (Silent Hill: Homecoming), Vatra Games (Silent Hill: Downpour), WayForward Technologies (Silent Hill: Book of Memories)—but all have failed to fully capture what really made Silent Hill frightening, suspenseful, intriguing, addictive, a true psychological horror.

What is really happening behind the scene at Konami? Last November, the publisher notified its investors that it planned to voluntarily delist from the New York Stock Exchange, which went into effect on April 24. Konami claims delisting is not a sign of trouble, but there is a definite pattern happening. Why such a huge fall out between the publisher and Kojima? Of course Konami has not given a clear reason as to why Kojima is leaving. Some only confirmed Konami fired Kojima. Something big is going down. I really can’t imagine hearing any good news from Konami anytime soon.

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