Silent Hill has been missing in action for nearly a decade now. Downpour was the last installment to arrive in 2012 and since then, Konami has seemingly shelved the franchise for unknown reasons. With the start of a new year comes hope that fans will get to see a new entry.
Taking to Twitter on the weekend, artist Masahiro Ito announced himself to be working “as a core member” on a new project. He refrained from giving any details but did add an obvious reference to the fate of Silent Hills — P.T. — by hoping that the project will not be cancelled.
I’m working on a title as a core member. I hope the title won’t be cancelled.
— 伊藤暢達/Masahiro Ito (@adsk4) January 4, 2020
For those unaware, Ito was directly involved with the first four Silent Hill installments. He even served as art director for the second and third installments. He continued to be part of Team Silent until disbandment when the franchise was handed over to western developers. Ito was never involved with Silent Hills. However, he clearly had great interest in what Hideo Kojima was making at the time since Ito already stated several years ago that he would love to work with the legendary developer on a new Silent Hill game.
Silent Hill has received eight main installments to date. Konami also did plenty of spin-offs in-between, as well as re-releases in high definition before signing off. When everything looked bleak, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima himself stepped forward to drop a surprising announcement in 2014 for Silent Hills.
It was supposed to be the ninth main installment in the franchise and involved filmmaker Guillermo del Toro as well as actor Norman Reedus. However, the project was soon cancelled by Konami, a move that was met with severe criticism by fans. Adding insult to injury, Konami even removed the free-to-play demo P.T. (Playable Teaser) from the PlayStation Store. It was around the same time that Kojima and Konami decided to walk their separate ways.
Under Kojima Productions, the famed director reunited with del Toro and Reedus for Death Stranding. Silent Hills is still a topic that fans often touch but with Konami holding the license to the franchise, it’s unlikely that the project will ever be resuscitated. In the meantime, no one knows what Konami is currently planning. A new Silent Hill installment for next-generation platforms would serve the company well. That is unless Konami no longer finds the brand profitable.