Maybe It’s Time to Retire Silent Hill

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This post is absolutely breaking my heart.

Last year we wrote about the astonishing PT trailer that appeared on the PS4.  It was revealed that it was a playable teaser for Silent Hills which was a collaboration between fabled game developer/producer Hideo Kojima, my favorite modern horror director Guillermo del Toro and starring fan favorite Norman Reedus.

In the past few weeks Kojima has been fired or has left Konami, publisher of the Silent Hill series. Over the weekend del Toro and Reedus have seemingly left the project and all we are left with is a teaser, and probably a while bunch of concept art and preliminary code lying on the floor of Konami.  

Konami says they will continue the Silent Hill series, but honestly I don’t want them to.  The last few games have shown that Konami doesn’t understand what makes the franchise great.  Silent Hill 2 was one of the greatest gaming experiences I have ever had and they needed this new talent to make it survive.  PT gave me hope that it could happen and now without the creative team behind PT I think it may be time to shutter Silent Hill in a small room in the basement.

If large gaming publishers have done anything well with venerated gaming franchises it has been to squeeze them of any value and make them tepid, sad sixty dollar paperweights.  Getting rid of this new team guarantees that the next Silent Hill will be terrible and I love this franchise too much to see another boring game that I will feel loyalty to sit through and yell at the screen.

Konami, do us a favor, bury the franchise in a shallow grave. With hope it will rise from the dead someday, but right now it just smells bad.