[UPDATE: P.T. is now officially gone from the PlayStation Store.]
Konami’s decision to release the P.T. demo for Silent Hills without the series’ Konami’s name attached to it until certain conditions were met was probably a wise one. After multitudes of floundering sequels, prequels, and spin-offs, many fans had given up hope that the Silent Hill series would ever yield the same psychological terror that the original Konami titles had induced.
Fans of the survival horror genre were immediately enthused over the P.T. demo, and the revelation at the end that Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro would be co-creating a new Silent Hill game. Following Kojima’s announcement that he and Konami were parting ways, however, fans have been concerned what the future will hold for Silent Hills. A recent update to the official P.T. Silent Hills website may have added to this concern.
Konami abruptly posted a notice on the official Silent Hills site notifying fans that the free playable teaser would be removed from the Playstation Store on April 29th. Konami hasn’t released any information regarding their decision to pull the demo, so any info as to whether the game will still be available for gamers who have added the game to their Playstation Network accounts but haven’t actually downloaded the game is unknown.
This decision comes following Konami’s removal of the Kojima logo from the P.T. Silent Hills site three weeks ago. Kojima’s departure from Konami has created a ripple effect across all his projects, including Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. However, Kojima stated that he will finish his work on Metal Gear Solid 5, but didn’t make similar reassurances regarding Silent Hills. The fact that Konami is still maintaining the P.T. Silent Hills site at this time may be the last shred of hope that the game will go on as planned.
It’s not quite clear what happened between Kojima and Konami to cause this rift, but it’s unfortunate to see promising games get caught in the mix. Admittedly, Konami pointed out from the start that the P.T. Silent Hills demo was a concept and may not have resembled the final product at all. Even so, it was the first time in quite a while that Silent Hill fans were actually excited about an addition to the series, and it’d be extremely disappointing to see it be cancelled or vastly changed due to this mishap.
Do you think Silent Hills will still see the light of day, or will it disappear into the fog? Let us know in the comments!