Silent Hills appears to be the next casualty of the Kojima Productions and Konami fallout, as Guillermo Del Toro and Norman Reedus have both confirmed their involvement is no more.
Metal Gear fans have already had their fair share of worries and rumors, and it looks like the Silent Hill fans are about to get their turn. Over the past few months, several word-of-mouth, anonymous, and inside sources from Konami and Kojima Productions have revealed that Hideo Kojima and the rest of KP are no longer affiliated with Konami. After the Kojima Productions logo was removed from Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, MGS: The Legacy Collection and all surrounding promotional materials, Konami issued a conflicting statement, stating that “Mr. Kojima will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products”, and that the publisher would be rearranging staff and studios for a more centralized, headquarters-based production model.
Despite Konami’s statements- or lack thereof- several members of Kojima Productions and others affiliated with MGS V have stated that the KP team have been reduced to contracted positions, and will leave Konami once MGS V: The Phantom Pain is completed.
With the unstable relationship between Konami and KP, the future of another highly-anticipated title has been up for speculation, as the next Silent Hill game was in-development at Kojima Productions. Along with Hideo Kojima, Silent Hills would feature the talents of actor Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) and Director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim). Over the weekend, Tweets from Reedus and Matt Hackney revealed that Silent Hills may be officially cancelled.
According to Hackney, who was tweeting updates from his interview with Del Toro regarding his career and Pacific Rim 2, the director stated that “[Silent Hills is] not gonna happen and that breaks my greasy heart”. Actor Norman Reedus tweeted an apology to Silent Hill fans, saying he is “super bummed about this”. Reedus was to portray the protagonist of the upcoming title:
Further validity has been added to Reedus’s and Hackney’s tweets, as Konami recently announced that the teaser demo P.T. would be removed from the PSN store on 4/29.
While Guilermo Del Toro and Norman Reedus have essentially confirmed that Silent Hills is no more, neither Konami nor Kojima Productions have issued an official statement on the matter.
Sources: Norman Reedus Twitter, Matt Hackney Twitter, Undead Walking
Image courtesy of Konami, Kojima Productions