Actor Norman Reedus, who was slated to star in Silent Hills, holds out hope that the game or something similar will be developed at some point in the future.
Ever since the game’s playable teaser shocked PlayStation 4 owners last year, Silent Hills has been one of the most talked about projects in the industry. Once a highly anticipated the title, the project suffered from the severed relationship between Hideo Kojima and Konami, and was eventually cancelled as a result. However, the game’s star, The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus, still believes that the game, or something similar to it, will be developed down the line.
Reedus was collaborating on the project with Kojima and famed horror director Guillermo del Toro before the the title’s untimely cancellation. The three, along with horror manga legend Junji Ito, represented a dream team of creative minds for fans of the genre, and were a large part of why Silent Hills had so much hype behind it.
In an interview with IGN, Reedus finally broke his silence on the game’s cancellation:
“I’m super bummed that that happened back in Japan, but I have faith. I have faith that we, the three of us, can do something else. There were so many ideas and cool future happenings that were thrown around. I just can’t see us not picking this up somewhere.”
Guillmero del Toro expressed similar frustration over the game’s cancellation, saying that it made no sense that Konami wasn’t moving forward with development of the game. One could hardly describe much of anything Konami has done in recent months as “making sense”, as the once proud gaming company has been acting rather bizarre as of late.
Unfortunately, the fate of Silent Hills rests solely in the hands of Konami, as they own the rights to the franchise. Of course, that’s why Reedus hinted that “something else” could possibly be developed between himself, Del Toro, and Kojima that would be a sort of spiritual successor to what they were working on with Silent Hills. For Kojima’s involvement to be possible, however, it would have to mean that Konami’s claims that the developer is simply “on vacation” turn out to be false.
In any case, Reedus is clearly passionate about the project, and he hopes that perhaps a deal could be worked out between Kojima and Konami to repair their relationship. And if not, there’s the possibility of those that were working on Silent Hills banding together to create a brand new horror IP, though that would require financial backing.
Considering the buzz behind P.T., it shouldn’t be too hard of an idea to pitch to a publisher, and crowdfunding through Kickstarter could be another potential way that funds could be raised to see the game developed. There was a bit of excitement when it was rumored that Microsoft bought Silent Hills, so perhaps Microsoft should consider signing Kojima and company to create the spiritual successor of Silent Hills as an Xbox One exclusive. Whatever happens, we hope that Reedus is correct in his faith that Silent Hills will eventually be developed.
Silent Hills, at this point in time, is still officially cancelled.