Update #2: RelyOnHorror has provided a response from Konami’s North American PR regarding their original rumor: Konami Claims Recent Silent Hill Rumors Are False:
“We’re aware of all the rumors and reports but can confirm that they are not true. I know it’s not the answer your fans may want to hear,” said the Konami US PR rep. It’s not to say we are completely closing the door on the franchise, just not in the way it is being reported.”
It remains to be seen in what way Silent Hill will make a return, but does seem that the detail of Sony and Kojima getting to work on it could’ve been too good to be true. Then again, it could be that PR is just not ready to announce pending deals in progress, or that they were in talks for such a deal but it might not work out in the final stages.
Update: It has now been rumored that Sony is in talks to purchase several IP from Konami including Castlevania, Silent Hill, and Metal Gear Solid but our inside sources tell us this is unlikely to occur.
According to industry insiders of the horror film and games industry Hideo Kojima may be teaming up with Sony and Team Siren to bring forth the elusive Silent Hills (series reboot) which was originally shown off as the P.T. demo for PS4 before Konami and Kojima ended their business relationship amidst a very public falling out.
By some crazy coincidence, or perhaps an act of divinity, I was actually playing Silent Hill last night on the original PlayStation and decided to share some of that footage with you all while covering today’s rumor which suggests a Silent Hills style title could be coming to the PlayStation 5 exclusively and even mark a new beginning for the series to return in multiple installments across the coming generation of games.
Not much is known at this time about the alleged survival horror project beyond the fact that Kojima would once again be given a full creative control over the project as seen with Sony’s trust in the handling of Death Stranding. Silent Hills could also take inspiration from Capcom’s Resident Evil VII and make use of the PSVR headset with the team behind Siren: Blood Curse (formerly Silent Hill devs) helping out Kojima Productions with the assignment.
Beyond these breadcrumbs we have also heard that there will be a heavy emphasis on story, which should come as no surprise given that Guillermo del Toro was once a part of the project’s direction. Masahiro Ito is said to be returning for enemy design with Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka and writer for the original game Keiichiro Toyama also expected to be present for the undertaking.
Rumors are always subject to timelines, budgetary changes, and all of this does hinge on Konami saying yes to Sony for a big business arrangement, so please don’t get too hyped just yet. However, this is the strongest evidence we have seen since the cancellation of Silent Hills that issues behind the scenes could be smoothed out to allow for this cult classic franchise to be reborn on modern game consoles.
When everything is said and done, we could end up better off that Kojima left Konami and Silent Hills took this long to be produced again, as we will be playing a game made for much more powerful systems and with much more creative freedom thanks to this new arrangement. Is it just me, or are all the good games these days old?
Editor’s Note: We have no mention of actor Normand Reedus this time around but previous rumors surrounding the rebirth of Silent Hills by Kojima and Sony have hinted the star may play a major role.
Update: [Rumor Source #2: via TweakTown]