It's Official: Silent Hills Is Cancelled

It's Official: Silent Hills Is Canceled

Sorry, folks — the recently-announced (and much-anticipated) horror game Silent Hills is not happening.

The new Silent Hill game, announced last year through a playable teaser called P.T. (which actually stands for "playable teaser"), was set to be a collaboration between film director Guillermo del Toro and Metal Gear Solid designer Hideo Kojima. It would star the actor Norman Reedus and a whole lot of horror fans were pretty damn excited about it.

Over the past month, as word began to escape the Konami factory that things are not well between the Japanese publisher and Kojima, speculation began that Silent Hills might be no more. Things heated up over the weekend as del Toro publicly stated that the game wasn't happening, and sure enough, now it's official.

Says Konami in a statement to Kotaku:

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.

In terms of Kojima and Del Toro being involved, discussions on future Silent Hill projects are currently underway, and please stay tuned for further announcements.

Guillermo del Toro sure has a tragic history with video games, huh? This is his second big gaming project to fall under the axe, following the terribly-named Insane, which was cancelled in 2012 as THQ fell apart.

P.T. will be pulled from the PlayStation Network this week, so go download it now if you want to see what might have been.


    "Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles"

    Great, so less PT, more of this -

      lol oh god which ones that???

        I'm going to guess 0rigins, since it's the only one I haven't played.

          Silent Hill: Downpour

            Ah, I didn't get very far into that one. I watched my wife play most of it but it didn't stick in my memory for some reason.

          Execution - The screen quickly fades and reveals an execution chamber at Ryall State. Murphy was scheduled to be executed for the murder of his own son, a crime he committed in retaliation on his wife for taking Charlie's custody away from him. He was also convicted of the murder of Officer Frank Coleridge. Before the lethal injection is administered, Sewell asks Murphy for his final words. He answers "See you in hell, cupcake" before dying. A conversation Murphy had with JP in game, the confrontation he has with Napier and the fourth issue of Anne's Story confirmed that this ending is not canon. This ending is obtained by killing Anne with a negative score.

    Darn it. Aside from Metal Gear, Silent Hills was pretty much the only worthwhile thing that was coming out of Konami. The entire company will likely crumble altogether once Kojima leaves.

      Konami also localisises the yugioh card game to the west, so it will make them a card game company now, just like nintendo was in the 19th century

        Give them a hundred years and Konami will be BACK ON TOP for a while

    For whatever reason, the strained relationship between Konami and Kojima certainly the biggest news story at the moment, be interesting to see if Kojima lifts the lid when MGS finally releases...

    On the flip side, P.T. was the standout release from last years E3, they dropped the demo on the store and no one knew anything about it. After a week or so, when the end was reached and we found out the main character was Norman Reedus and the other names of Guillermo del Toro and Kojima were attached to it, it was one of the greatest hype machines that wasn't a planned hype campaign.

    There was SO much positive reaction from P.T., for Konami to walk away from it really seems like the worst decision they could make to compound all the other changes recently, honestly think this really could hurt MGS sales.

    Konami have also delisted themselves from the US stock market. Make of that what you will, looks to me like they're going to be changing their company dramatically in terms of what they produce, especially in the Western World.

      Holy shit I was joking yesterday when's pointed out that Del Toro's involvement precipitated the collapse of an entire company but that worries me, granted Konami is a shell of their 8 bit greatness but still...

        They sell loads of other stuff in Japan, like arcade machines, real estate, etc. I think games have been their least profitable area for a while now

    Recent occurrences make me so happy that I never got involved in the MGS series. I could not take the strain that following Konami seems to bring.

      Not playing any of the great mgs titles is avoiding some kind of strain?

    I'm still kind of hoping they cancel silent hills and just build more on to P.T

      Seeing as P.T is being pulled from the store, I don't think that will happen.

        unless it's re released as a full scale release! I'm trying to have hope :(

    So I have the PT demo on my PS4 but never finished it. When it's removed from the store, will I still be able to play it?

      You should... normally the delisting is just for new 'purchases'... something that remains in the download list or library should be able to re-download.

    I can't pretend I would have been brave enough to play Silent Hills, but I really, really wanted it to be a thing.

      I'm the same, it sounded so hyped and well received that I wanted it to happen. No way would I ever be able to play it. I'm still trying to force myself to go back to Alien Isolation

    Well this is certainly a disappointing start to my Tuesday.

    So not going to buy Konami titles again after MGS:PP

      A bit of a childish reaction. I doubt there will be any western Konami titles after MGS V to buy anyway.


    I stocked up on clean underwear for nothing.

    Huh, this is like the 5th 'official' announcement.

    Am I the only person who's thinking the reason they're doing this is because they're planning on moving their entire budget to mobile?

    i obviously have no idea whats happening internally at Konami but it feels like they are just shooting themselves in the foot or cutting of their own nose to spite their face.

    Good thing I jumped online and grabbed P.T. last night after reading the article from Serrels yesterday. I don't know anything about the game (apart from that it's supposed to be great) and I'm going to hook into it tonight once it gets dark outside. *cracks blinds and recoils whilst hissing*
    Maybe it'll make the reality that SIlent HIlls won't be happening even more painful.

    P.T is one of the best PS4 games so far, I will never delete it now!

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