Silent Hills Is Officially Dead

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Edited By alex  Staff
All that time spent lovingly rendering Norman Reedus' face, for nothing. Nothing!
All that time spent lovingly rendering Norman Reedus' face, for nothing. Nothing!

If you were among the many people eagerly anticipating Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro's take on the Silent Hill franchise, you might want to grab yourself a stiff drink and take a seat. We have a bit of...news...

Following a flurry of rumors over the weekend, Konami has confirmed, by way of an official statement sent out to multiple sites this morning, that Silent Hills has been canceled. The statement reads as follows:

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.

As tremendously disappointing as this news is, it's also not terribly surprising. The fate of Silent Hills had been up in the air since news broke that a rift had developed between Kojima and Konami. That speculation got a lot more weight behind it when over the weekend word got out that P.T., the free "playable teaser" released last year to promote Silent Hills, would be disappearing from the PlayStation store as of Wednesday, April 29.

Guillermo del Toro may have confirmed the news this past Saturday, as well. Matt Hackney, an attendee at an "Evening with Guillermo del Toro" event in San Francisco tweeted out that del Toro had confirmed the game was done, quoting him as saying, "It's not gonna happen and that breaks my greasy heart."

There's a lot to unpack here, but ultimately, the big takeaway is that a very promising-sounding project is now dead in the water. The ongoing Kojima/Konami drama appears to be chugging along unabated, and now Guillermo del Toro is 0 for 2 on video games, after this and his ill-fated project with THQ, inSANE, were both canned.

Even worse, P.T., one of the neatest horror experiences to come around in quite a while, will be disappeared in just a couple of days. If you haven't had a chance to play that thing yet, now would seem like a prudent time to do so. It's worth it, even if you're not especially invested in Silent Hill-related stuff.

Meanwhile, Konami also just voluntarily delisted itself from the New York Stock Exhange. Things seem to be going great over there, don't they?

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Fuck you Konami... just fuck you.

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:_(

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#3  Edited By Nightriff

Alex, you missed an opportunity to paste in Patricks gif of getting freaked the fuck out.

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The only horror thing I've been interested in in years cancelled, huh? Konami seems like it is just haemorrhaging all over the place. Someone put it out of its misery...perhaps with a lead pipe or 2 x 4.

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Not that I expect Konami to do anything right these days.

That being said, pour one out for the holmies.

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#7  Edited By mr_creeper

The way things seem to be going for Konami, I doubt they'll be doing anything with the Silent Hill franchise. Our last hope may be that they sell off the rights to someone else that will give it the care it needs to be revitalized.

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#8  Edited By LarryDavis

Just sell the Silent Hill IP to someone else already, Konami, jesus.

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Good.

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The stock de-listing is non-news, but just has odd timing because of the game's cancellation. The NYSE was a low volume market for Konami stock, and companies pull out of low volume markets all of the time. They will still be listed in both Europe and Japan, and will still be offering their earnings reports in English.

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@madman356647: Just post that entire video, you knew Dave Lang was afraid of anything huh

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Is Konami just a series of health clubs at this point?

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#14  Edited By kasaioni

Meanwhile, Konami also just voluntarily delisted itself from the New York Stock Exhange. Things seem to be going great over there, don't they?

Lol

Someone make a .gif of the Dave Lang P.T. scare, but replace Lisa with the Konami logo.

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#15  Edited By planetfunksquad

Guy's lets pool our resources and see if we can buy all Konami's IP and give it to a good developer. Though I might be able to afford it on my own, I bet they'd give it up for £6 and a hotdog these days.

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I don't normally wish bad things on people. But I really hope Konami dies now, so that people that actually want to... you know... make games... can pick up their franchises.

Seriously, Konami, fuck you.

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@alex: "will be disappeared" ?

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This makes me sad.

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It's my understanding that a delisting is a maneuver that usually preceeds a chapter 11. I hope to someday understand what the heck is going on.

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Makes me very sad that something unique like this, which captured a lot of gamers' attention/imagination has been axed and something like Black Ops 3, the same but now with robot crap is a big thing.

As a fan of the horror genre it's bad news today.

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This is bullshit. Who between Kojima and Konami needs to cut a finger(s) off to set this right?

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All they need to do now is to kill PES and they'll be freeeeee.

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Its just really sad, I can't even be mad. Just sad. This was so promising, something looking up for Konami and Silent Hill. After so many years of neglect, something interesting was on the horizon for my all time favorite franchise. Yet, they just took it away.

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Whoever is responsible for this should not be allowed to have a job in the industry.

Unfortunate truth: Whoever is responsible for this will probably have a job in the industry till it's all gone.

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Are we at the point where we not buy MGS5 as a "fuck you" to Konami?

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They need a miracle if they want to turn this around.

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#27  Edited By Turul

They also removed themselves from the NYSE. Something big is going on.

Edit:missed that last sentence in Alex's post.

Anyways, the fuck is going on at Konami? Is MGS5 their last game?

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#28  Edited By Dr_Insane

Fucking office politics killing a game with incredible potential, so sad.

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Seems like Konami has been operating in the LangZone for a long time now.

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#30  Edited By Quarters

@alkusanagi said:

Are we at the point where we not buy MGS5 as a "fuck you" to Konami?

I feel like that is the worst possible move, as you're really just saying "screw you" to Kojima, and making all of his work for nothing. Konami sounds like it is going to drown one way or another at this point, so I don't think they need much help.

Man, this is all such a bummer. P.T. was awesome, and I was incredibly excited for Silent Hills. Also sad about the future of MGS. Just such a shame.

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#31 chaser324  Moderator

@brake said:

Is Konami just a series of health clubs at this point?

Don't forget about pachinko!

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All this leads me to believe Konami would be willing to sell the MGS license. And my guess is at a high enough price that Microsoft will pick it up. Just wild speculation, but something that seems possible in wake of all the current craziness.

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#33  Edited By kasaioni

@alkusanagi: No, because then you'd be fucking over Kojima too.

“The TPP team is the same, so please don’t cancel preorders or encourage others not to buy it.”

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What a waste of time and resources they deserve to go under so their IPs are sold off to people who actually want to do something with them.

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I think to call Konami a rudderless ship at this point would be giving them too much credit. Oh well, at least there's still money to be made in gambling apps disguised as bad phone games.

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I think at some point the game would of ended up being a disappointment in comparison to P.T given that from all accounts the actual game would not in any way have resembled that style, so maybe cancelling has saved Konami from having egg on its face in that department.

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FUCK! This just adds to the kojima leaving Konami flame. On the one hand it sucks that this won't come out (and although they said ZOE3 was happening I never believed them) BUT I am excited to see non MGS kojima games.

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RIP in peace Konami :,-(

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A fitting end to a franchise that has gotten the short end since time immemorial? This still suck though

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This just blows. Out of curiosity, I wonder how deep they were into this game financially?

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#41  Edited By Quarters

@porjos said:

This just blows. Out of curiosity, I wonder how deep they were into this game financially?

If I were to guess, probably not that far. I figure development wouldn't really start until after MGSV was out in the world, so it was probably just planning and preliminary at this point. However, no telling how much P.T. cost.

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@poncho90 said:

They need a miracle if they want to turn this around.

konami's doing fine as a company, they simply don't want to make games anymore.

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@ripelivejam: Unless it's Metal Gear. They're willing to hire an entirely new team for that.

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#44  Edited By Niceanims

I don't (can't) even play horror games and I'm bummed the fuck out.

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@porjos said:

This just blows. Out of curiosity, I wonder how deep they were into this game financially?

Obviously no way to know for sure, but PT itself couldn't have been cheap to produce, and if they were putting something that crazy and polished out there to tease the game I would bet they had some significant resources leveraged against Silent Hills already.

This is super disappointing to me. I've never been a huge MGS/Kojima fan, but I love Del Toro and I think Kojima probably could have brought a good kind of "video game surrealism" to the creepy horror design sense that Del Toro does so well. I really hope the two manage to come together on another project somewhere. A dark horror game seems as much a departure from Metal Gear as Kojima could get if he was truly looking for a change of pace after helming that series for so long.

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Wow, i'm not one for horror games, but this seems incredibly disappointing.

What on earth happened between Konami and Kojima? Did he shoot someone's dog?

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Reportedly, over 99% of stock trades happen over Japan and London listings, they were barely dong enough business in NYSE to justify the costs.

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Man, this week's podcast is going to have a lot to cover.

Is it wrong that I'm a little excited for it?

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I just got a whole bunch of Konami shares from a Japanese man missing his pinky. Seems legit to me.

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