Yeah, this is actually happening. Classic horror game series Silent Hill is back, with Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and famed horror movie director Guillermo del Toro involved. Walking Dead TV show actor Norman Reedus is the star. It was revealed in the form of an interactive teaser on the PlayStation Store.
You can see the reveal in this video.
(Excuse all the shouting in the video. It was originally capped as part of a Twitch stream.)
The video shows a man who turns out to be actor Norman Reedus on a darkened street before revealing the the names of Kojima and del Toro. He looks at the camera, and then the Silent Hill logo appears.
So this kinda came out of nowhere, huh? Well, not entirely. An allegedly terrifying demo called P.T. was announced and released during Sony’s Gamescom conference, and people flocked to the PS Store to download it. It turned out to be a teaser for this mega-project, as opposed to a demo for a new horror series as everyone first suspected.
The whole stunt is very much in line with Kojima’s penchant for bait-and-switches, mostly recently seen with Metal Gear Solid V‘s “The Phantom Pain” reveal gag. Even P.T.’s developer, 7780s Studio, turned out to be a big fat phony. Oh Kojima, never change.
This isn’t Guillermo del Toro’s first crack at game development, either. He was set to head up a much-hyped but never seen horror game trilogy called Insanebefore publisher THQ became a madhouse (and then not a house at all) due to money troubles.
Previously, communications from Silent Hill had gone a bit, er, silent, with Silent Hill: Book of Memories hitting PlayStation Vita back in 2012. Before that was Silent Hill: Downpour on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Neither was particularly good.
There was also the movie Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, which Kirk insists I mention — and I quote — “because it had Ned Stark and Jon Snow” from Game of Thrones in it. The actors, of course. It would have only been a thousand times better if they were playing their GoT characters. Only a thousand.
So yeah, this is one hell of way to bring back Silent Hill after a couple-year slumber. Kojima and del Toro are waking the dead. I can’t wait to see what happens. Through my own hands, of course, which will be glued firmly to my eyeballs while I whimper like a frightened child.