When news broke earlier this year about the abrupt cancellation of Silent Hills — the proposed latest iteration of the Silent Hill franchise — gamers everywhere were extremely disappointed. Not only did they release a playable teaser that gave just the slightest hint at what the overridingly creepy and atmospheric full game would’ve looked like, but it also became apparent that Kojima and his former home Konami had suffered a massive falling out that’s even resulted in the designer’s name being removed from the upcoming Metal Gear Solid game.
While Silent Hills is an unfortunate casualty of the destruction of the Kojima/Konami relationship, one person who’s not giving up on the prospective partnership is del Toro. Even though he’s knee-deep in developing the sequel to Pacific Rim, he took some time to express that he still has an itch to scratch when it comes to making a game with the fabled designer, writer, and producer. Speaking with IGN recently, del Toro spoke about Silent Hills and his hopes to do something with him in the future. He said,
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 in the planning stages, and it’s a shame it’s not going to happen. […] 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.
While many of the specifics of the breakdown between Kojima and Konami can only be speculated about, it should prove encouraging that del Toro has taken such an interest in seeing a project through with him. Even the playable teaser for Silent Hills demonstrated that the collaboration between them would produce something very special and mind-bending, and hopefully a new project with these two visionaries at the helm will materialize sooner rather than later.
For any new developments on that future, you can bet that GeekNation will be keeping an eye out for any new developments.
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