I had reported yesterday on the apparent rumour regarding one of Konami’s largest and most popular franchises allegedly being cancelled. This morning, even though still being a bit tight lipped regarding some specifics, Konami has released a statement confirming to the relief of fans that they will still be making the Silent Hill series. Although they (Konami) were quoted as saying, “We will continue to develop the Silent Hill series.” due to The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus’ contract expiring, who was to lend not only his face but also his voice to the project, Silent Hills will at least undergo some serious changes. Apparently co-director Guillermo del Toro’s statements from the San Francisco Film Festival weren’t regarding the game itself, just his involvement with it. Concerns began back in March when it was revealed that Hideo Kojima, one of Konami’s most renowned developers, was preparing to to leave after development of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain was complete. This is definitely great news for fans of the Silent Hill franchise, now the question remains, what direction will Konami take the brand and who will take over the helm?
Konami has apparently released this statement late this morning officially cancelling the project much to fans’ dismay,
“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.”
Although it says that the project will not be continued, they do say to stay tuned for further announcements. Does this mean the title will be completely reworked as an entirely different entry in the franchise? I guess only time will tell as fans worldwide eagerly await what Konami has to say next.