In 2010, Guillermo Del Toro announced a forthcoming video game project called inSANE. We didn’t know much about the game at the time, aside from it being a survival horror type title developed as part of a trilogy, and we didn’t learn much after. THQ cancelled inSANE in 2012 after financial troubles pushed the publisher into bankruptcy.
Even though inSANE never made it, many still believed that Guillermo Del Toro might one day help develop a game, most likely in the horror genre. And, as it turns out, those gamers were right.
Now this might take a few read-throughs to believe, but here it is: Guillermo Del Toro is making a new Silent Hill game with Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima. Crazy, right?
While it’s unclear who initially approached whom, the fact of the matter is Silent Hills (get it, Silent Hill5) is in development. The duo unveiled their project in typical Kojima fashion, with a cryptic interactive trailer on the PSN store. The trailer also features a surprise appearance by The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, who will apparently be lending his likeness and voice to one of Silent Hills‘ characters.
It’s obviously a lot to take in — Del Toro making a Silent Hill game with Kojima — but at a glance the pairing seems pitch perfect. Del Toro has a keen eye for visual design, especially in the macabre and gothic space, and Kojima is the master when it comes to subverting expectations (an important horror trope). More importantly, this new game could be the shot in the arm Silent Hill fans’ have been demanding since the early games.
It’s worth noting, though, that the last time Kojima touched a beloved Konami franchise, we got Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — a game that I personally enjoyed, but was admittedly barely a Castlevania game. Again, maybe that’s the type of fresh twist that Silent Hill needs, but we doubt fans will agree to the idea until they see more. Pairing Del Toro with Kojima could be a stroke of pure genius, or it could lead to another inSANE situation — we’ll have to wait and see which way Silent Hills falls.
How do you feel about Hideo Kojima making a Silent Hill game with Guillermo Del Toro? Would you like to see them preserve the spirit of the original games or pursue their own vision?