Hideo Kojima + Guillermo del Toro + Norman Reedus = Silent Hills
Now this is the kind of reveal that reminds me why I love this industry so damn much. It’s both a genuine surprise and manages to incite omega levels of excitement.
Sony’s whole ominous “P.T." PS4 demo hyped up at Gamescom manifested today into a clever interactive announcement for none other than a continuation to Konami’s long-standing Silent Hill series.
That ain’t even the kicker. Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima and famed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s names are attached to the project with actor Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead, Boondock Saints) set to lend his voice and likeness to the starring role. The game’s title? Simply: Silent Hills. Gives me a chill just pondering what the name could imply.
How Hideo and Guillermo are involved is a bit muddy at the moment but it’s no secret Konami has been courting Kojima-san to pilot the flagship survival horror franchise for some time now. Kojima’s even openly mused how much he’d like to see Silent Hill's foggy, dilapidated world realized using the FOX Engine — Kojima Productions' proprietary engine currently being utilized for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V.
Here’s the rundown: it looks next-gen, it has two of the most imaginative creative forces from their respective fields working on it, and it has a badass name. Silent Hill has needed a real kick in the ass for some time now — and I do mean a completely fresh angle on the material. This… this could be the one we’ve been waiting for, folks.