Sony Is Reportedly in Talks With Konami to Revive Kojima's SILENT HILLS; Reboot May Be In the Works
The tragic story of Hideo Kojima's Silent Hills continues, as a new report reveals that Sony is actively trying to patch up the complicated relationship between Konami and the award-winning director of the cancelled horror game.
According to the team at Rely on Horror, Konami recently decided to finally do something productive with its world-famous Silent Hill IP. As revealed by the website's two separate sources, Konami is planning to reboot the series and produce "some sort of anthology or episodic Silent Hill."
Considering that new Silent Hill games have been created by third-party developers since 2007's Silent Hill: Origins, it comes as no surprise that the Japanese company won't be making these two games in-house.
Take it with a grain of salt, but Sony is allegedly doing their best to bring the series back to life, with SIE Japan Studio (Siren: Blood Curse, Gravity Rush 2) developing the reboot in some capacity. It means that both the reboot and the other title could be available exclusively for the long-awaited PlayStation 4 successor.
Apparently, one of the rumoured titles is being developed by Masahiro Ito, the creature designer for the first four titles in the series. Keiichiro Toyama (director and writer of the original entry) and Akira Yamaoka (composer for the majority of the franchise) are also rumoured to be involved in the works on this "soft reboot” of the Silent Hill series.
When it comes to the second Silent Hill game, it reportedly is Silent Hills, the cancelled reimagining of the brand (starring Norman Reedus, and co-directed by Kojima and The Shape of Water's Guillermo del Toro).
Allegedly, "Sony has pitched the game to Kojima as a title more akin to a TellTale/Supermassive narrative-driven title, which would offer him “full creative freedom.” The title may also make use of the next-gen PS VR headset for PS5.
Although nothing has been officially confrimed by Konami just yet, resurrecting the Silent Hill franchise with Sony's money would definitely make sense — as Konami hasn't had a big sales hit since the Kojima-directed Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain back in 2015.
While Death Stranding was definitely an interesting experiment, it might be hard to turn it into a full-blown franchise (its performance was also a far cry from other PS4 exclusives like God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man, and even Days Gone [although the game's PC port will surely boost its sales figures]), so giving Kojima the chance to finish Silent Hills would be a major win not only for the director, but also Sony and Konami.
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