Following several rumors and speculation on the future of Silent Hills, including statements from co-director Guillermo del Toro and star Norman Reedus over last weekend leading to the conclusion that the game’s development has ended, Konami has issued several new pieces of information regarding the fate of the Hideo Kojima/del Toro co-production that unfortunately is leading to a dour conclusion.
In an original statement, Konami issued a Q&A regarding Silent Hills following comments from del Toro and Reedus that the project was effectively no longer in development, as Konami clarified more details on the title and series and some of the recent rumors:
Why has the image of Norman Reedus disappeared from the official website?
This is because our contract period with him has expired.
Why is P.T. no longer available on Playstation Network?
Because the distribution period has expired.
What will happen with regard to Silent Hill?
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. will continue to develop the SILENT HILL series.
What will happen with regard to P.T.?
P.T. was purely created to be a playable teaser for Silent Hill.
What do you mean by “playable teaser”?
The playable teaser was a trial edition of Silent Hill intended to give players an idea of the game concept.
However, a new statement from Konami to Ars Technica confirms that the title has officially been cancelled, with development of Silent Hills having ended, though the publisher did confirm that the door is still open to future installments in the series, with the full statement from Konami below:
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.
Silent Hills was originally revealed in summer 2014 as a co-production between Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro, with The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus to star as the main protagonist. After being teased with the horrifying P.T. (Playable Teaser) that was released in August 2014 on PSN as a demo for the game’s initial concept, sadly the time of Silent Hills has come to an end, especially for one of the most promising horror visions to be seen in quite some time.