Academy Award Winning Director Guillermo del Toro and Metal Gear Creator Hideo Kojima may still direct a game together even after Silent Hills was canned by Konami.
?I love working with Kojima-san. We are still in touch. We are still friends and working into doing something together, but that?s not going to be [Silent Hills],? del Toro told IGN.
The filmmaker didn?t specify what game they would be making, but if it is anything like the playable teaser for Silent Hills, it would surely be a marvelous game.
?The Silent Hills Game That Would Have Been
Guillermo del Toro disclosed that Silent Hills was only in the planning stages, but they have already planned innovative ideas such as making Silent Hills a psychological horror game.
?We were talking about really pushing the boundaries of the new consoles, and making the game really mess with your head,? del Toro said.
Del Toro said he was planning to make the game interactive like with Kojima?s Metal Gear Solid boss fight with Psycho Mantis which necessitated an unconventional approach for defeating an enemy. The Psycho Mantis fight in MGS starts with Psycho Mantis saying he could control you (which he does by making your controller vibrate) then saying he can read your mind (by reading-out all your saved files on the memory card). In defeating Psycho Mantis, players needed to change their controllers from Port A to Port B so he couldn?t ?read your mind?.
Why Such A Fuss?
A game called P.T. (painstakingly revealed as a ?Playable Teaser? for Silent Hills when the demo ends) was announced by Sony in Gamescom 2014 and it was lauded by gamers as the most terrifying game ever. What was more hype-worthy was in the P.T. ending where Kojima and Pacific Rim and Pan?s Labyrinth Director del Toro was revealed to be directing Silent Hills and would be starring Walking Dead star Norman Reedus.
Fast forward this 2015, it seemed that Konami has had a fallout with Kojima as they discredited him from the cover of his upcoming game Metal Gear Solid V and Kojima was then rumored to be leaving Konami. Just recently, Metal Gear Solid?s Snake voice actor in Japan revealed on Twitter that Kojima Productions has been ?dissolved?. Konami has been mum on the matter and gave no official statement regarding the rumors.
In the middle of all those events, Konami announced they would be cancelling Silent Hills and even removed P.T. from the PlayStation Store. The game?s cancellation has angered fans and even sparked a petition which now has 175,228 signatures and even has del Toro?s signature and support.
?The Hills are no longer silent,? Reedus tweeted with a link directing a petition website called unsilenced hills.
Super bummed about this was really looking forward to it. Hopefully it'll come back around. Sorry everyone ? http://t.co/drZJ8tBsSN
— norman reedus (@wwwbigbaldhead) April 26, 2015
Del Toro said P.T. was ?downloaded enormously? and he was passionate to work on the game, claiming that he played the first two Silent Hill games. Del Toro said he and the team was ecstatic for Silent Hills.
?Norman [Reedus, the Walking Dead actor who was attached to play the lead role] was super happy, Hideo was super happy, and so was I,? del Toro told IGN before. ?I know there?s a petition going on the internet and it?s gathering signatures. I would add my signature to it, and hope that someone pays attention.?
?It?s a truly great mythology and too great a storytelling arena to let die. It?s too good,? del Toro said.
No More Silent Hills. What Now?
We may no longer be able to play a Silent Hill game envisioned by del Toro and Kojima, but we may be able to play a game regarded by many as the spiritual successor of Silent Hills. PC game Allison Road is largely inspired by P.T. ?which also takes place in a photo-realistic looking house. Road however will be introducing an entire house to explore compared to P.T. which made gamers loop around the same rooms.
?The whole idea of Allison Road is that the player should get completely immersed in the fact that they are in a real house,? Allison Road creator told Gamesradar. ?You have no recollection of the previous few days leading up to the start of the game, and you will have to discover where your family is and what happened to you and them.
While we may not get a Silent Hills game, the?idea that Kojima, Del Toro plans to work together on a different game without Konami hindering them and getting a game inspired by P.T. is a win-win situation for gamers.