Norman Reedus says Silent Hills is dead, but Konami claims work on the series is moving forward.
The lead actor for Silent Hills has joined the growing chorus of people who believe that the departure of Kojima from Konami means that the game is going to die a quiet death. Norman Reedus took to Twitter to voice his disappointment in the death of Silent Hills shortly after famed director and game collaborator Guillermo Del Toro let slip the project was over.
Konami too appears to be admitting that the project is coming to an end, at least it’s ending in the way it was originally envisioned. The company issued a short Q&A in which it answered a number of questions about the changes to the return of the game series in the wake of P.T. In this Q&A Konami claims that P.T. was a playable teaser for Silent Hills but seems to hint the firm no longer looks at it as a kind of framework.
Konami does say it will continue to work on the new games in the series but also admits its contract with Norman Reedus has expired. This follows the company removing all mention of Kojima from the official website a few weeks ago. The “playable teaser” has also been removed from the Playstation store listing, something the firm likely wouldn’t do if it intended to move forward with the project in any real way.
Regarding Kojima and Guillermo del Toro’s future involvement in the series, they had the following to say: “Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic ‘Silent Hills’ project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued. In terms of Kojima and Del Toro being involved, discussions on future Silent Hill projects are currently underway, and please stay tuned for further announcements.”
Because of the nature of the game, there apparently has to be at least a little more mystery surrounding the saga. In the Q&A, Konami makes mention of the removal of Norman Reedus’ photo from the official Silent Hills site, but as of now it’s still prominently displayed.