Before Hideo Kojima left Konami for greener pastures, he was hard at work on the latest entry in the Silent Hill series. Titled Silent Hills, the game would star Norman Reedus and include Guillermo del Toro at the creative helm. Unfortunately for fans hoping to see Kojima go back to the horror genre, it does not look like it will happen anytime soon. In a recent interview with IGN, Kojima confirmed that he has no interest in making another horror game because he gets too scared.
“I get scared very easily. Actually, this is true of Alfred Hitchcock as well as Steven Spielberg. Because they scare easily, because I scare easily, it’s actually easy for us to make something that is scary, because we understand what is scary.
“But while in that process, we’re constantly imagining, like, terrifying situations so it ends up giving me bad dreams. That’s the reason why I don’t want to make a horror game.” — Hideo Kojima
Despite his fear of the genre, he does know exactly what should go into a horror game.
“I think the most effective way to scare someone is to show them something that’s slightly out of the ordinary. Slightly off, but at first glance, they don’t know what it is about it that is unusual. When you do something like this, it confuses the mind, and that becomes unnerving for the person who sees it.
“Also, the unknown. When there’s no information available for something, it’s more frightening. An example would be a bungee jump. If you’ve done it more than one time, it’s never as scary as the first time. Something that no one has any preconceptions about is the scariest thing.” — Hideo Kojima