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Guillermo del Toro Wanted to Create Panic with ‘Silent Hills’ (Interview)

People are still wondering why Konami cancelled the insanely hyped survival horror game Silent Hills, which would have been worked on by Hideo Kojima, Junji Ito, Guillermo del Toro, and Norman Reedus. It seemed like the ultimate team that would’ve resulted in the ultimate game, one that would set a precedent for all other survival horror games to come.

Alas, as we know, it wasn’t meant to be. But that doesn’t mean we don’t want some answers. And that’s why our own Thomas Alexander asked del Toro about what the experience of working on Silent Hills was like, to which he was explained:

It was curious.

We had a great experience and had great story sessions with hundreds upon hundreds of designs. Some of the stuff that we were designing for Silent Hills I’ve seen in games that came after, like ‘The Last of Us’, which makes me think we were not wrong, we were going in the right direction.

The thing with Kojima and ‘Silent Hills’ is that I thought we would do a really remarkable game and really go for the jugular.

We were hoping to actually create some sort of panic with some of the devices we were talking about and it is really a shame that it’s not happening. When you ask about how things operate, that makes no fucking sense at all that that game is not happening.

Makes no fucking sense at all. That’s the randomness that I was talking about.

I’m not sure if they mean “devices” as in actual physical objects that would interact with the player or specific game mechanics that haven’t been done before. Either way, it sounds fascinating and I would’ve loved to have seen what it would’ve been like.

Alexander’s full interview with del Toro will be going up on our site tomorrow afternoon.



  • huntermc

    “that makes no fucking sense at all that that game is not happening.”

    Truer words were never spoken.

  • chrisse_45

    I seriously can’t stress this enough…You should check out Allison Road! If you haven’t even heard of it, look it up! This game will truly resurrect the Horror that we have all been missing! They also have a Kickstarter Campaign! Please support it, we need this game to happen! Here’s the link for the Kickstarter! ( ) And no, it’s not a silly virus link, I can even prove it by saying something random that a machine couldn’t even come up with…hmm… I got it! Konami messed up…! 😀

  • Dick Mountainjoy

    “Some of the stuff that we were designing for Silent HillsI’ve seen in games that came after, like ‘The Last of Us’, which makes me think we were not wrong, we were going in the right direction.”

    This… doesn’t make any sense. TLoU actually you know… Came out way before PT was even a thing.

    • But they were in production making ‘Silent Hills’ for a while in order to make PT even happen.

      • Dick Mountainjoy

        Yeah and? TLoU was in production probably since Uncharted 2 finished up. Sounds like unwarranted ego stroking to me.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Freddy pales in comparison to the dream-destroying machine that is Konami.

    • Stephanie Wells

      lmao!!!! so true!

  • NeoGrayFox

    The fact that this game isn’t happening stings more and more each day.

  • Quackmaster Black

    “There was also a mechanic that would actually allow the player to visit their real life dead relatives, including childhood pets. Each copy of the game would be able to grant three wishes to the player, as well.”

  • Yep. Still pissed about this.

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  • Itink Umad

    agreed. While i dont see this turning out quite like Silent Hills.. (the talent behind that game was too great) this game needs more backing.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Can we just stop with the ”Silent Hills” news already I mean this shit makes me depressed that were not getting it. There was an opportunity to make such an amazing game in the entry and it just fucking got cancelled. Update us when the game is picked up and in motion other then that fuck all these little articles and discussions about a game that is now cancelled!!! BYE FELICIA!!

  • Dev

    Here’s hoping something of that collaboration may happen some time in the future – even if it’s not Silent Hill. And never under Konami. That company is the fucking worst.

  • DaveTheJackal

    Devices as in “plot devices”?

  • Derek Bunt

    This podcast gives a great look at other games very similar to the direction of Silent Hills. While Del Toro’s vision is dead, the fan community is really coming together to create their own nightmares. It’s a shame we’ll never know the true horrors of Silent Hills, but Allison Road looks like it’s going to be one hell of a ride.

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