“Silent Hills” is a survival horror video game that was under development since September 2012. Famed video game designer Hideo Kojoma was brought onto the project by Konami and he directed it with Spanish horror filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (of “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Pacific Rim” fame).
After more than a year of development, a demo, which featured “The Walking Dead” actor Norman Reedus as the voice of its protagonist, was released as a free download from PlayStation Store in August 2014. Titled “P.T.” (Playable Teaser), the demo received praises from multiple video game journalists and became one of the best horror games in the recent years.
However, before its release date was even announced, Konami confirmed to Polygon that the game has officially been cancelled.
The confirmation was announced after it was reported that the P.T. would be pulled from the PlayStation store on 30th April. Several insiders, who were directly involved in the game, also said that it’s dead last Friday. Del Toro further sparked speculation regarding the cancellation as he told attendees at a film festival in San Francisco that it “is not gonna happen”.
Reedus, who was set to star in the game, also tweeted that he was “super bummed” about the then-rumoured cancellation:
The news ultimately broke a million hearts as the critically-praised game was one of the most anticipated games of 2015.
According to a statement provided to Polygon, Konami said:
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.
It was long reported that the “Metal Gear” creator was already in a rocky relationship with long-time publisher Konami. He has yet to release an official statement regarding the cancellation, but Kojima himself is currently working on a contract basis to finish up the remaining games.
No further information regarding the cancellation were revealed, but what do you think? Are you sad that the game was cancelled? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.