It’s been over a week now since Konami confirmed the cancellation of the highly anticipated survival-horror game, Silent Hills, and the pill is still proving hard to swallow. And at least for 50,000 people out there, hope still remains that it could come out it they get down on their knees and beg.
A petition over at Change.org is asking Konami and famed Director Hideo Kojima to set aside their differences and continue to develop the game, and as of writing, 88,299 starry-eyed fans have signed it. In total, the petition needed 75,000 to be considered a success.
Last Monday, Konami released its official statement on the state of Silent Hills and the Silent Hill franchise following a leak by Guillermo del Toro.
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.
Of course, issues with this cancellation extend beyond just a single game or a franchise. Silent Hills was the last major game Konami had in development for the current generation consoles, and once Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain gets released on Sept. 1, Konami will have no games in development. No Metal Gear. No Silent Hill. No Castlevania. No nothing.
It’s been widely speculated that the company is moving on from traditional game development and focusing more on other “more profitable/less risky” ventures like mobile games, pachinko parlors, and health clubs in Japan.
It is from this speculation that most fans feel frustration, but that sadly is just the way of the world. It sucks, but Konami has found other ways to make money, and it must pursue those in obligation to its stockholders. Personally, I would rather see Konami go out on top with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain than have it wallow around as an empty shell of its former glory for a few more years.
Plus, the deep rift between Hideo Kojima and Konami isn’t going to be magically fixed by rainbows and unicorns. It’s been brewing for quite some time, and the Metal Gear Solid creator went from being Konami’s favorite son to a scratch in their credits over the course of half a year. Plus, he would be much better suited to developing on the indie front anyway, where he can be the auteur he sees himself as without the burden of corporate interests.
Sorry to break it to you guys, but this is one petition that will not come true, and both Konami’s and Hideo Kojima’s split is best for all of us.