UPDATE #2: Konami has told Kotaku the following information:
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.
UPDATE: Norman Reedus has confirmed that the game is indeed cancelled via Twitter. It’s officially over.
Okay, this is a little sketchy and I’m not going to say it’s 100% confirmed until it actually becomes 100% confirmed, but it’s still something that raises some serious concerns.
Apparently, last night at the San Francisco International Film Festival, acclaimed director/writer/producer Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth), was asked about the status of Silent Hills, the upcoming title in the long running Silent Hill series from Konami. His answer to the question was, “It’s not gonna happen and that breaks my greasy heart.”
This “quote” was tweeted by Matt Hackney, where it quickly spread like wildfire. One retweet came from del Toro’s own personal assistant, Ian Gibson, who also responded to another tweet essentially confirming that the information was true.
Once again, nothing has actually been confirmed and that original quote is a little suspicious. But it should be noted that there are some actually concerning facts that do lend credence to this idea.
The first bit of evidence is that P.T., the playable teaser that revealed the Silent Hills title, is being pulled from the PSN store in the next few days. No explanation has been given for this.
The second piece of evidence is that director Hideo Kojima will be leaving Konami after the September release of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Konami has stated that the Metal Gear series will continue after Kojima leaves but there has been nothing official stated about the Silent Hill series.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
Personally, this was one of my most anticipated titles ever. I was holding off on buying either a PS4 or an Xbox One because I wanted to see if it was an exclusive title. The thought of Kojima, del Toro, and Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) working together to create a new Silent Hill was almost too good to be true. Unfortunately, it seems that this was the case all along. It was just a matter of time.
— TV's Matt Hackney (@tvsmatthackney) April 26, 2015
.@Robogeek damn is right.
— Ian Gibson (@Ian_Gibson) April 26, 2015
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