Konami Denies Rumours Surrounding A Silent Hill Reboot
Recently we said that a new Silent Hill games were finally coming, and just earlier in March we told you that talks for a new Silent Hill were underway and might even launch for the next-gen Playstation 5. Now Konami has stepped in an officially dismissed all rumors surrounding the supposed reboot of the Silent Hill series. Known industry insider with a proven track record, Dusk Golem, has published a thread on Twitter providing various possible details about this, while Rely on Horror have also separately published a report going over the same details. Both claim to have heard all of this information from multiple reliable sources they trust.
A Konami rep speaking to Rely on Horror:
“We’re aware of all the rumors and reports but can confirm that they are not true. I know it’s not the answer your fans may want to hear. It’s not to say we are completely closing the door on the franchise, just not in the way it is being reported.”
Of course, this doesn’t mean that something isn’t happening, it’s just not likely that it’ll come to PS5 near launch time as previously rumored. As far as we know, the reports from January about Konami “looking to secure a new Silent Hill project” are still very real. A Konami rep even said that the company is “listening to customer feedback and considering ways to provide the next title.”
Unfortunately, the big takeaway here is that Silent Hill isn’t coming anytime soon, but Konami isn’t exactly done with the series altogether. What exactly that means, or when we’ll see the next game will remain a mystery, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend holding your breath waiting for a new game to launch.
Apparently, Konami was looking reaching out to various developers some time back to work on two separate Silent Hill titles one an episodic title, and one a soft reboot of the series. One of the studios that was contacted was reportedly Supermassive Games, developers of Until Dawn. None of the studios in talks with Konami got the job, however.
What did seemingly end up happening when all was said and done was that Sony and Konami entered into an agreement to revive the series. Exclusivity is probably a factor in their agreement- and one Silent Hill game is reportedly been in production for a over a year already. This project is allegedly a soft reboot of the series, and is being helmed by Keiichiro Toyama (director and writer of the original Silent Hill), Akira Yamaoka (composer of the vast majority of the Silent Hill games), and Masahiro Ito (monster designer for the first four Silent Hill titles). At the beginning of this year, Ito teased that he was working as a core member on a new game he was hoping wouldn’t get cancelled.
Though Rely On Horror the site that’s reported on many of these rumors notes that they specifically involved Konami Japan, not Konami US, it’s unclear to what extent that matters. Then again, if secret talks are indeed currently in progress, it’s not exactly surprising that a PR person would deny them. As always, keep in mind that this is unverified and unofficial information, even if it is coming from reliable channels with proven track records. Until such time we hear something concrete about this from either Sony or Konami, it’s best to take this with a grain of salt. Either way, stay tuned, and we’ll keep you updated on any new info regarding this that comes our way.