Yesterday, VGC reported that Konami is planning to revive the Metal Gear, Castlevania, and Silent Hill IP, with developer Virtuos allegedly working on a Metal Gear Solid 3 remake while Konami itself works on a reimagining of Castlevania. Meanwhile, it’s believed that Konami has two Silent Hill games in development, with one of them presumed to be by Bloober Team while the other is being handled by a “prominent” Japanese developer. There had been no indication of who that prominent Japanese developer might be — until now, as Gematsu reports it is Hideo Kojima’s Kojima Productions working on a new Silent Hill.
Gematsu cites “a publishing source that wishes to remain anonymous, who also said that the game is funded by Sony Interactive Entertainment.” If that pans out, it certainly decreases the likelihood that we can expect the game on a Nintendo platform, but it’s fascinating nonetheless. It’s also worth noting that Gematsu typically does not involve itself with rumors or speculation unless it really has something to contribute, which makes the prospect of Kojima Productions working on a new Silent Hill more viable.
When he still worked at Konami, Hideo Kojima famously helmed what was to be a revival of the franchise called Silent Hills, which was announced with a mysterious teaser demo called P.T. He was collaborating with acclaimed film director Guillermo del Toro and actor Norman Reedus to create the game, but Kojima ultimately had a falling out with Konami and Silent Hills was canceled. If Sony has helped in mending fences between Kojima and Konami, that’s quite the accomplishment, and it actually lines up with another report from Rely on Horror last year, which claimed pretty much the same scenario.
Personally, I found the old Rely on Horror report a bit difficult to swallow (and even that website began to doubt its own report over time), but with Gematsu chiming in, things are looking a lot more interesting. If Kojima Productions and Konami are really back in bed for Silent Hill, it certainly makes us wonder if Norman Reedus or maybe-possibly-who-knows Guillermo del Toro is back as well.