Way back in 2014 Kojima Productions released P.T., a playable teaser for an upcoming Silent Hill game. The demo wowed fans and quickly amassed over one million downloads, and Silent Hills became one of the most hotly-anticipated upcoming games around. Unfortunately, a nasty divorce between Kojima and Konami led to the game being cancelled, and the demo was pulled from the online store.
Fans have petitioned Konami and Sony in the past to make the demo available once again, but to no avail. In the absence of an official release for P.T., an ambitious fan has taken it upon himself to remake the demo. Simon Cromwell, AKA Qimsar, is recreating the game using the Unreal Engine, and he’s making real progress. There’s already a playable version available on GameJolt that you can try out for free, and Qimsar intends to keep polishing the game going forward. Even if he gets hit by a DMCA takedown from Konami, Qimsar has pledged that he will look into “personally [uploading] the game to each individual person who wants it.”
Despite only being seventeen with little Unreal experience, Qimsar has done an impressive job so far. You can check out around 15 minutes of footage from his demo by clicking above.
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
Konami has certainly developed a rocky reputation in the past couple of years. Following the development of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Hideo Kojima left Konami after a dispute with the publisher. Konami began to remove Kojima’s name from marketing materials and ended up cancelling Silent Hills, which was a collaboration between Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro.
Although “Fuck Konami” is a term that has been used by many Internet users, it seems even more poignant when Hollywood director Guillermo Del Toro says it. Del Toro, who is currently helping Kojima-san with Death Stranding, recently went on a Twitter rant to express his disdain for Konami. You can see his Tweets below.
The irony with this story is that P.T. was, at first, special because it was a playable teaser rather than a cinematic one, and now it’s been turned into a film. Indeed, fans at the YouTube channel Oddest of the Odd have seen fit to turn the recently-famous P.T. into a thirteen-minute short film, and I guess you could say (though it wouldn’t be saying much) that “Silent Hills P.T. in real life” is one of the best video game movies ever made. Because it’s actually pretty cool.
The adaptation obviously takes a few liberties with P.T.’s format, but it’s still retreading the same hallway over and over in first person, and it’s pretty nifty to see so much of the game come to life like this. The expressed purpose (other than to make a cool short) as stated in the description is to reach Kojima, Reedus, and Del Toro because they “REALLY want this game developed,” and, though they’ve more than likely missed the window on Silent Hills literally getting revived, maybe the film will help inspire the trio if they do end up collaborating in the future.
It’s not the scariest movie you’re ever going to see, but it’ll spook ya’ and it’s worth a watch if you’re a fan of P.T. Look above to check out P.T. as a live-action short film.
Hideo Kojima is currently working on his latest project for the PlayStation 4 and PC, but Silent Hills is still on the mind for many fans. The cancelled collaboration with Guillermo del Toro has remained in the video gaming zeitgeist for months now, but it seems that Kojima has moved on from the pipe dream. The developer expressed interest in horror as an idea, but he has no desire to create a game similar to P.T. or Silent Hills, as he is looking to the future instead of the past.
“P.T. in a way for us was also an experiment to understand many things. Silent Hills, I don’t think that will ever happen. I would definitely like to explore horror and by horror I don’t mean horror as a genre, but more like the feeling of terror as a theme, as a topic and this is one aspect that gets really close to interactivity of scariness so that is something I would be interested in exploring in the future.
“After P.T. there were similar games that were released or were developed. Personally, I don’t want to do something that is in the same tone, I would prefer to do something that takes a different approach and a different perspective to it.” — Hideo Kojima
The dream has been dead for a while, and this is Kojima officially laying flowers on the grave. Whatever he does next will be exciting, but it’s time we let P.T. go.
A meeting between Hideo Kojima and The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus has fans speculating that Kojima’s Silent Hills may live on under a different name. You may recall that last year Kojima Productions split off from Konami following—among other drama—the cancellation of the Silent Hills project that Reedus was to star in. Now Kojima has teased fans on Twitter with an image of himself and Reedus together again. According to Kojima, the meeting was to update Reedus on the status of the newly independent Kojima Productions.
After comments by Reedus saying he believes that the pair—along with Silent Hills co-director and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro—would continue their collaboration, fans remain hopeful that Kojima’s next game will be a spiritual successor to what Silent Hills would have been. Furthermore, Kojima and Del Toro are the keynote speakers at this year’s D.I.C.E. Summit, which begins today. Do you believe this is all insignificant, or a sign that the collaboration is ongoing? Let us know in the comments.
Upon cancellation of Silent Hills this past spring, Konami took a “scorched earth approach” and pulled P.T. from the PlayStation Store. Those with the demo still installed were unaffected, but those that removed the game found themselves unable to redownload it. Recently, however, a fan found a way to redownload P.T. onto the PlayStation 4 using third-party software on the PC. This only works if you previously had downloaded P.T.; those looking to get it for the first time are out of luck.
If you want to try your hand with this method, follow the instructions below, courtesy of Gamexeon user orangpelupa:
On PROXY screen, choose USE and type your proxy IP address with PORT 808.
Complete the network setting.
Go to DOWNLOAD notification.
If P.T. download error was there, press OPTIONS then DELETE (if its not there, you are OK).
Go to LIBRARY
Choose P.T. and DOWNLOAD.
While there have currently been no reports of it happening, using this method could potentially result in a number of negative outcomes, such as corrupting your data or being banned from PlayStation Network, so be careful if you choose to go through with the process. Furthermore, this process will only work for United States and European versions of P.T. While it may be an unofficial process, it’s still nice to be able to get the demo again. Have you tried this method with any success? Let us know below!
It’s been months now since the most disappointing gaming news ever hit the internet and Silent Hills was confirmed as cancelled by Konami, the publisher of questionable sanity. There were petitions for revival and rumors of rights purchasing, but it seems pretty solid at this point that the promising horror game from famous developer Hideo Kojima and renowned director Guillermo Del Toro is dead in the water. But could there still be a glimmer of hope? Silent Hills lead actor and Walking Dead star Norman Reedus thinks so.
Talking with IGN, Reedus expressed that he has “faith” the prestigious trio of himself, Kojima, and Del Toro “can do something else,” saying that the fan reaction was so strong it moved him to think, “Holy balls. It has to happen.”
“The internet buzz about [Silent Hills] happening was so huge. I’ve never seen anything like it; petitions with a hundred thousand people that signed it, petitions to please make it happen, that’s crazy. That’s a crazy fanbase for not just that video game but also those people making that video game, and for me to jump on that truck with them, I was like, ‘Holy balls. It has to happen. You need to do this.'” — Norman Reedus
Reedus says there were just “so many ideas and cool future happenings” buzzing around Silent Hills that he “just can’t see [them] not picking this up somewhere,” whether that’s Silent Hills somehow making a comeback or something entirely new with similar ideas.
Reedus eventually went on to explain that he’s actually not sure what’s become of the actual assets they created for Silent Hills, explaining that they did a lot of that stuff “with a thousand cameras pointing at you in a million different directions” and that it may be “on the cutting room floor” or simply have ended up on “someone’s hard drive somewhere.”
Here’s to hoping the trio of Reedus, Kojima, and Del Toro do end up making something, even if it’s not Silent Hills.
In a recent interview with Bloody Disgusting, Guillermo del Toro discussed his frustrations about Silent Hills, the cancelled video game collaboration with Hideo Kojima. Del Toro says that it “makes no fucking sense at all,” blaming Konami’s “random” business decisions for Silent Hills getting cancelled. Del Toro told Bloody Disgusting that his team had hundreds of designs for the game and that they were really going “for the jugular” with Silent Hills‘ story.
“We had a great experience and had great story sessions with hundreds upon hundreds of designs. Some of the stuff that we were designing for Silent Hills I’ve seen in games that came after, like The Last of Us, which makes me think we were not wrong, we were going in the right direction. The thing with Kojima and Silent Hills is that I thought we would do a really remarkable game and really go for the jugular. We were hoping to actually create some sort of panic with some of the devices we were talking about and it is really a shame that it’s not happening. When you ask about how things operate, that makes no fucking sense at all that that game is not happening.” — Guillermo del Toro
It’s safe to say that many people share del Toro’s frustration with Konami, and I hope that Konami will change their minds and bring back Silent Hills. If they don’t, then I would like to see del Toro and Kojima create their own game through Kickstarter. What did you think of del Toro’s comments? Sound off in the comments below!
Earlier this year, Konami revealed that their much-anticipated Silent Hills game had been canceled. Many fans were salivating at the idea of a Kojima and Del Toro collaboration and were disappointed when Konami revealed the bad news. If that wasn’t bad enough, a recent tweet from Guillermo Del Toro revealed that horror manga artist Junji Ito was also involved with Silent Hills.
Some of Junji Ito’s works include Gyo, a story about a young couple that’s being terrorized by walking fish with their “death stench,” and Uzumaki, a story about a city cursed by supernatural events involving spirals. Judging from Ito’s past work, Silent Hills could have been one of the scariest games ever created. Hopefully, Konami will reconcile with Kojima so they can resurrect the project that so many of us wanted.
What are some of your favorite horror moments? Sound off in the comments below!
Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and film director Guillermo del Toro had planned to work together on Silent Hills, but Konami pulled the plug on the survival-horror game. In the aftermath, del Toro stated that he still intends to work with Kojima on a future project, but he didn’t specify whether it would be a video game or a movie. However, speaking with Playboy at San Diego Comic-Con, del Toro ruled out the former. After the cancellation of Silent Hills, del Toro says he will never again work on a video game. Here’s his explanation of the decision:
“I have proven to be the albatross of video games. I joined THQ [to make a game called Insane] and THQ went broke. I joined [Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo] Kojima [to make Silent Hills] and Kojima leaves Konami, so I have decided that in order not to destroy anyone else’s life, I will never again get involved in video games. Otherwise, I’ll work with someone and his house would explode or something, you know?
“With Insane we mapped it out, we did the bible, we did the outlines, we did the screenplay. We did a bunch of stuff to develop the world. So some of the tricks, or the stuff that I wanted to learn, I learned. And then I went to the side of Kojima-san because he’s a master and I can gladly say we are friends and I love his work, and I will continue learning from him as a friend. But I’m not joining another video game. If I do, World War III will start.” — Guillermo del Toro
It’s unfortunate that del Toro’s past experiences have driven him away from the video game industry, but it’s also kind of exciting to think that he plans to work on a non-gaming project with Hideo Kojima.
Last year at Gamescom, a mysterious new survival-horror game called P.T. was unveiled, but it was later discovered to be a demo for a new Silent Hill game. Silent Hills was in development for PlayStation 4 with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and well-known film director Guillermo del Toro teaming up to direct. Unfortunately, Konami recently cancelled the game and removed P.T. from the PlayStation store, but that doesn’t mean that this dream team has to be disbanded. According to Guillermo del Toro, he and Kojima are still planning to work together on a future project.
“I love working with Kojima-san. We are still in touch. We are still friends and working into doing something together, but that’s not going to be [Silent Hills]. We were talking about really pushing the boundaries of the new consoles, and making the game really mess with your head. One of the great moments in Metal Gear [Solid] was Psycho Mantis. The idea that a game can actually interact with you, and stuff like that.” — Guillermo del Toro
Hopefully it won’t be too long before we see these two united for a new project. Whether that’s Guillermo del Toro working on a video game with Kojima or Kojima finally getting into movies like he’s wanted to for years, it will be exciting to see.
Yesterday, a rumor started making its way across the internet that Microsoft was in talks to buy the cancelled Silent Hills for “billions of dollars.” While Microsoft generally has a no comment policy on rumors, Xbox head Phil Spencer killed the rumor earlier today on Twitter, stating “Sorry, this isn’t true. Not sure where the rumor started but I don’t want to mislead anyone.” Like most gaming rumors, this seemed too good to be true from the beginning, but at least we know for sure now. Despite the questionable aspects of the rumor, I’m sure many people, myself included, are disappointed by this turn of events.
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The gaming world exploded last year when it was revealed that P.T. was actually a playable teaser for Silent Hills, a new Silent Hill game starring Norman Reedus and directed by both Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro. Unfortunately, the game was recently cancelled, and P.T. was pulled from the PlayStation Store. However, Rooster Teeth’s video game news show The Know says that according to a trusted source (a source that leaked the Kinect-free Xbox One previously), Microsoft plans to acquire the game and re-introduce it at E3.
The Know reports that Silent Hills was actually around 80% complete when it was cancelled, and if Microsoft can acquire the IP before E3, it will be reintroduced as an Xbox One exclusive with a release target of March, 2016. The deal for the IP is reportedly in the billions of dollars. Additionally, it is reported that Sony pulling P.T. from the online store was a prerequisite for Microsoft to purchase the IP.
Rooster Teeth is extremely confident in their source, but we’d advise you to take this story with a grain of salt. With E3 just around the corner, hopefully we’ll have the truth soon.
Kojima’s Silent Hills has been cancelled, P.T. has been removed from the Playstation Store, and, if you’re a horror fanatic like me, you are devastated. Well, concept and environmental artist Chris Kesler is leading a team of six in the development of a survival-horror game influenced by P.T.: Allison Road. The game, which looks stellar, runs on Unreal Engine 4 and will include full Oculus Rift support. Not only have Kesler and his team been building a creepy atmosphere based off of Kojima’s concept for Silent Hills, but they also have another sinister influence:
“I also knew I wanted to make something that’s somewhat reminiscent of the Amityville murders in New York in 1974. The entire family was murdered by the son/brother in their house… while they were sleeping. Horrific, really. One of the little girls was named ‘Allison’. That’s where that part comes from.” — Chris Kesler
Allison Road takes place in a terraced house in the British suburbs. You take on the role of a nameless protagonist who wakes up one Monday morning and appears to have thrown back a few too many the night before. You will try to piece yourself together throughout the day and realize you don’t know where your wife and daughter have gone off to, eventually deciding it seems best to sleep the hangover off until the next day. During the middle of the night, you are awakened by a mysterious, loud noise, followed by a scream. You witness a quarrel between a couple that lives upstairs that culminates in the murder of the young woman involved. From that point on you must fight the clock – you have till 3:15 AM to solve her murder, as her demise has become linked to your own downfall.
The atmosphere of the game resonates with a P.T. vibe to it, and Kesler and his team confirm Allison Road has been influenced by Kojima’s horrific concept in various ways:
“Last year in August, P.T. came out. Of course, instant download. And it was amazing! Like for me, it was just an incredible ride. I finished the whole thing the same night, and frankly I was quite… disturbed… after that. I realized two things that night. 1.) My house is scary as hell at night. 2.) You can make an entire short game with only one hallway. Who would have thought? Somehow it never occurred to me that something on such a small scale could totally work, but that night it really clicked.” — Chris Kesler
It is quite possible that Allison Road could satisfy the hunger you have for a survival-horror game like Silent Hills, if not more! The main way you can support Kesler and his team is by liking their Facebook page so you can keep updated on all happenings with Allison Road. A trailer is planned to release soon. You can also check out screenshots and concepts for the game here.
What do you think about Allison Road? Let us know in the comments below!
Adding to the bizarre recent turn of events surrounding Hideo Kojima, Coffee Stain Studios has added the Metal Gear creator to the “Extra Special Thanks” section of the credits in their horribly inaccurate Goat Simulator. They revealed this through a Facebook post with the caption “We heard that Hideo Kojima was removed from the credits for Metal Gear Solid 5 so we added him to the credits for Goat Simulator. You’re always welcome to work with us Kojima! <3″
In the Special Thanks section of the credits, the developer begs Kojima to revive his recently canceledSilent Hills project. Check the photo gallery below to get a better look at the shout-out.
Recently, Coffee Stain Studios released some zombie survival DLC for Goat Simulator titled “GoatZ“, with the title being both a reference to the zombie game DayZ, and as a reference to a horrendous internet joke.
What do you think of this shout-out? Will Kojima accept the offer and start developing Goat Simulator DLC? Hit the comments to let us know!
Last year at Gamescom a new game called P.T. was unveiled, but it was quickly revealed that P.T. was actually a playable teaser for Silent Hills. Unfortunately, Silent Hills has officially been cancelled, and P.T. has been removed from the PlayStation Store. As soon as Sony announced that P.T. would be pulled from their online store, listings began to pop up all over eBay with people attempting to sell their consoles for asking prices of over $1,000 with P.T. installed, but eBay is now shutting these listings down.
If you try to sell a PlayStation 4 with P.T. pre-installed now, you’ll likely receive a message warning you against attempting to profit off of copyrighted material. eBay’s official policy states that it is “highly recommended” that you return a console to factory settings before attempting to sell it, but according to response emails being sent out to those who try to sell a PlayStation 4 with P.T. pre-installed, it is a requirement, and violating this guideline can result in action being taken against your account. If you missed out on P.T., it looks like you can’t solve your problem with eBay.
Konami’s P.T. — the spine-tingling playable teaser for what was supposed to be Silent Hills — has been completely removed from the PlayStation servers and is now no longer downloadable. Even if you have added P.T. to your library but neglected to actually download the game, it looks as though you’re straight out of luck. Players who face this problem are now being met with an error message that states “Cannot download” while trying to download P.T. from their library.
With the recent cancellation of Silent Hills, many fans have cried out in disapproval over Konami’s decision. The collaboration between Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro had many fans eagerly looking forward to the game’s release, but due to the unknown issues between Kojima and Konami, Silent Hills will not be released. Some fans, however, have not given up hope over the possibility of a Silent Hills revival. A petition that was posted on Change.org begs the duo to continue Silent Hills and create a Kickstarter for the game.
“Dear Hideo and Guillermo,
“hearing the cancellation of one of the most anticipated horror games is about the most heartbreaking thing horror fans had to swallow this year.
“Since the first sight of the P.T Demo it was instant love, and it burned into the minds of everyone that this had to release at some point.
“Although the reasons are not yet announced I am begging you along with countless others: Please continue the Development on Silent Hills, if the issue is money related, we would love to see a Crowdfunding campaign like Kickstarter to ensure you are getting all the financial help there is! We´d love to see it happen at some point and want to thank you for all the great games you have released so far!” — Yauheni Zinkevich
As of this post, the petition has gained well over 65,000 signatures. If you are interested in signing the petition, you can click here to support the cause!
Konami has gone through a lot recently. The company has been accused of using the likeness of the doctor who plans to perform the world’s first head transplant and firing developer Hideo Kojima, they’ve cancelled the next installment of Silent Hills, and now they’ve delisted themselves from the New York Stock Exchange. The question now is this: can they bounce back?
The company’s recent troubles began with rumors over developer Hideo Kojima’s possible firing, and they were then accused of using the likeness of transplant doctor Sergio Canavero for a character in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. To add to their woes, the company then cancelled the next installment in the much-loved Silent Hills game franchise. Finally, they delisted themslves from the New York Stock Exchange last Friday (April 24th, 2015).
So, do you think Konami can make a return to its former glory? Let us know what you think in the comments below!