It’s Time to Endulge in Some ‘Silent Hills’ Fan Theories


I’m going to assume that you’re familiar with the big Silent Hills reveal that dropped earlier this week, so we’re going to skip the recap and dive right into the good stuff. Despite our knowing next to nothing about the game, other than its being a collaborative effort between game designer Hideo Kojima and filmmaker/creature creator extraordinaire Guillermo Del Toro that will star Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead). Oh, and it’s coming to PS4. I’m sure it’ll arrive elsewhere, but only Sony’s platform is official. All that isn’t stopping the Internet from coming up with its own wacky theories for a game that’s still very much an enigma wrapped in a Kojima-made mystery.

In an effort to better understand what Silent Hill’s long-awaited return will be about, some folks are banding together to try their darnedest to come up with explanations for the more mysterious bits.

Take the number 204863, for example. The six digit number is repeated numerous times during the P.T.demo, with nary an explanation offered to hint at what it could mean. Redditor crunchtimestudio has an idea as to what it could mean.

Also I had an interesting find with the number 204863. Not only is it similar to Kojimas D.O.B as many have pointed out (24/08/63), but a quick Google search of the number leads here.

Why is this interesting? Well, the number describes the genome for a plant called Populus Trichocarpa (PT) – actually a tree that grows in the Northwest United States. Also, the header of the page is also Plant Transcription (again, PT). May be a bit tenuous, but perhaps a hint at the games intended locale? The Washington area would be a good fit for Silent Hill – its rainy, foggy and forested.

So Washington is a potential location for Silent Hills — if the title has any real significance, it could potentially be one of many locales. Crunchtimestudio continues his predictions with some thoughts on the title (I also touched on this.).

I think the title is a clue as to what the game will entail. Silent Hills – as in plural – I think will refer to the meta-story of there being a personal ‘Silent Hill’ for everyone, like we have seen with the game series so far. i think the game will deal largely with this ‘multiple universes’ theme, as we have seen hinted at in PT:2

‘The only me is me. Are you sure the only you is you?’

It’s somewhat clear from the P.T. teaser that the bad stuff is happening to multiple people. At the end of the demo, the voice on the radio mentions his being murdered by his father. The voice goes on to say that he’ll be coming back, and that he’s bringing “his new toys” with him. This brings to mind the story of Alessa Gillespie, the young girl from the original Silent Hill. She endured quite a bit of trauma that led to her using the powers of the deity inside her to form the Otherworld. This is just a theory, but it sounds like this voice on the radio was murdered, and now he’s seeking revenge. His “new toys” may be the monstrous denizens of Silent Hill.

But that’s just my own theory.

Redditor Dreamtrain has his own:

If it’s going by the usual theme that the town’s supernatural whatever-it-is tests the people it gets a hold over then I think it will have to do with the crime that we see in the teaser.

We have dad, who spiraled into alcoholism and this forced his stay-at-home wife to get a job to pay the bills, she was apparently just a pretty face and managed to get her part time job and win her boss’ favor with her looks. Her marriage being in shambles, she ends up cheating on her husband and gets pregnant with her boss.

Husband finds out, goes ballistic and murders everyone, not without first slashing his wife’s gut open and killing the fetus, then once he kills everyone, he hangs himself.

The voice we hear might be the fetus (there’s a part where it speaks through the fetus) or rather, the town’s obscure shit conjured up what or who the baby could’ve been, he describes his stepfather as a “meh kind of guy” who just up and went to kill everyone (fetus probably isn’t aware he’s a bastard child) though he doesn’t cares he got aborted cause he was dying of boredom anyways (in the womb), the next part sounds childish saying he’s “bringing his new toys with him”, as if implying he’ll make of Silent Hill his playground.

Now Norman, how does he get caught in this mess? He may be the one who got the wife pregnant, kinda sucks that her twisted soul stalks and kills him in the demo.

I think the thing I like the most about that is the idea of a vengeful fetus.

If you’d like to join in on the discussion, you can find more thoughts in the Silent Hills predictions thread on Reddit. There are some solid explanations there, but if it’s an in-depth analysis of the reveal you’re looking for, YouTuber DreamcastGuy takes the cake with his video.

Coming up with theories — some crazy, others not so much — is fun, but in the end we really have no idea what this game will be about. I’m sure the main game will play nothing like the teaser, which was in the first person and a little on the repetitive side. I really do believe Silent Hills will build on what Vatra accomplished with Downpour and be another open-world game. Hopefully, Konami will throw us all a bone and shed some light on the game soon. I can only rely on theories like the ones above for so long.

Here’s the Silent Hills teaser that was unlocked upon completing the P.T. demo, if you’d like to watch it again. I’ve watched it maybe a dozen times by now, and while I haven’t learned anything new with each subsequent viewing, seeing it again and again still manages to get me excited for what’s to come.


  • JoeInTheBox

    I have a theory as far as the gameplay is concerned. The name itself, “Silent Hills” immediately brings to mind alternate realities as does the lines in the trailer “i saw myself walking ahead of me, but it wasn’t me.”

    You can see in the game you’re constantly looping with subtle but sometimes huge differences each time. Since Silent Hill has always been about alternate worlds and facing personal demons, I think the player will be a version of Norman Reedus’ character where he did nothing wrong.

    He’ll stumble onto Silent Hill and face multiple versions of himself, one where he murdered his whole family. Or perhaps he’ll play the surviving son(fetus?) of the murdered family as indicated by the photos in the home being from an older time period. In Silent Hill he’s has to face the torment of his dead family members and her murderous father?

    • Richter Belmont

      Blech! I am so tired of the whole ‘personal demons’ garbage that this franchise has been milking since SH2. It’s an overrated game. It was obvious how the post SH4 games were going to end because those developers kept bashing people over the head with how they were going back to the psychological horror roots of SH2. Team Silent was at least smart enough to go to the well only once.

      Do we really need another character that has to come to terms with some past trauma? Can’t we have a protagonist that wants to do what is right like Harry Mason, again?

      • magnus dissmoll

        SH2 is overrated? Are you fucking kidding me?

        • Richter Belmont

          Yes, it is. I think gamers whose first SH experience was through the first game would still place it above SH2 because of how it completely screwed with your head and got under the skin. To this day people still analyse it because the story was so out there. As a David Lynch fan, Silent Hill was a dream come true.

          The storytelling in the first game had a level of complexity that was far more groundbreaking and original. I don’t know how anyone could not see the SH2 ending coming, unless you’re 12? Yet, people consider that quality writing.

          SH2 was also responsible for the derivative crap that came from the western developers of SH, as I mentioned above. If it wasn’t for the media and SH2 fanboys fawning over the game, Silent Hill would have been in a much better position throughout all those years when it was in western hands.

          • Kelsey Florea

            i loved the first game but i also like 2-4. after that i didnt care for them until downpour but downpour lacked villian diversity.

          • Jamie JonnyDarko Boyle

            Downpour sucked monkey balls. I’d have more fun pissing shitstains off the toilet bowl

    • Jamie JonnyDarko Boyle

      Silent Hill was NEVER about “alternate Worlds” it’s all happening in the real world. If people actually played through the first game, they’d understand it’s in our reality, not another dimension

  • JoeInTheBox

    There’s also a great thread here about theories and findings:

  • Sick_skwerl

    I can’t wait for a new Silent Hill. I’m just confused about Norman (mother friggin’) Reedus. Why? I don’t really want to play a game in the shoes of a movie star. It feels like it would really take you out of the game.

    • Adam Dodd

      I’ve noticed similar comments around BD. I think it’s a little too early to say what kind of impact Reedus’ involvement will have. There’s a chance he won’t even be the character we control, and his reveal in the teaser might have just been Konami’s way of announcing his involvement; they might not even use his likeness in the actual game. Who knows?

      It’s definitely a valid thought and I agree that having such a familiar face for the lead role could have a negative impact on immersion, but I think we should wait for Konami to actually show more of the game before we get too critical.

      • Sick_skwerl

        I totally agree, I wasn’t trying to get critical, I just honestly wasn’t sure if we knew to what extant his involvement/capacity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled about this news.

    • Alejandro Pérez

      I think that depending on how well written/directed/acted it is, this could be very good or it could go as you predict. There are great films who use pretty well known actors and they still manage to create iconic characters! (Think Samuel L. Jackson). I’m putting my money on Del Toro and Kojima. Reedus has proved to be quite an actor, too.

  • ThunderDragoon

    All this speculation is getting me even more excited for this.

  • Vikki Blake

    Cannot wait. Period.

  • Krug09

    TBH i don’t like that they cast a semi well known person to play the lead. I always like unknowns.

  • Jonathan Larsson

    Personally I’m not that keen on the Silent Hill games. The only one I’ve played was the third one, and I couldn’t finish it.
    Still, with Del Toro, Kojima and that… Walking Dead guy, it feels downright hard-as-fuck to fuck this up.

  • HorrorLover995

    I cannot wait to see what Kojima and Del Toro have in store for us. IMO, I also agree with the idea that there could be multiple alternate realities in this Silent Hill, but since it’s only a theory we’ll have to wait and see. I also think it’d be cool if they decided to have multiple playable people experiencing different realities all in the same Silent Hill. Like how Angela in SH2 always saw a fiery kind of inferno where death and despair is all she knew, while James saw Silent Hill for what it really was.

  • will.1009

    Before you start the game, look at the tree on the screen. It is a California Poplar, also known as a Black Cottonwood, or scientifically as Populus Trichocarpa (P.T., as it says above). Also, the game is described as a Playable Teaser, again, P.T.

  • Rob

    How does this sound (bear with me) ….Silent Hill itself is the narrator of this story – via the broadcaster and the voice in the epilogue .The demo itself has nothing to do with the upcoming “Silent Hills” game. The “brand” Silent Hills is upset with the horror genre that has been watered down and fed to ‘GAMERS” throughout the years. With the similar methods & bland stories about some a protagonist that killed his/her family only to deny it and be in limbo until they accept their terrible deeds. “Silent hills” promises to up the ante with some new toys (Kojima/Del Toro) that itself will bring for this for this “Gamer” . During this demo we got a taste of some these new tricks i.e: when you see/hear the bathroom door banging, the one inside the bathroom is actually “you” from another reality. That’s because “you” have also been locked in the bathroom and tried opened the door after picking up the flashlight. Plus, you can also hear “somebody” walking outside of the bathroom when “you” are being locked out. We unwittingly scared ourselves from our previous actions throughout this demo because remember , “The only me is me. Are you sure the only you is you?” . This demo was us breaking out of the cliche “horror story” to become “chosen” for this new type of suspense/horror that will be the Silent Hills.

  • DiabetesMan88

    I kinda hope the actual game is like this. The part with the brown paper bag, the radio transmissions fucking with you, and when the fetus talks to you are the best parts in my opinion. With Norman Reedus being in it it has to be third person though since he is too well known to just be put into cutscenes and first person.