Over the past month or so, a lot has been going on at Konami. Hideo Kojima has been removed from everything Metal Gear, Kojima Productions appears to be moving away from Konami, and the new Silent Hill has been officially cancelled. It doesn’t end there though. Apparently Konami delisted itself from the New York Stock Exchange. The reason for this decision is because 99.71 percent of Konami’s stock traded over the past year was done in London and Japan and it costs a minimum of five million dollars a year for U.S. regulatory compliance. Still the timing seems very strange.
In other Konami news, apparently Wayforward wasn’t the only company to pitch a Silent Hill game for the DS. According to Renegade Kid’s Jools Watsham, The Ward was pitched to Konami as a Silent Hill game back in 2007. Watsham spoke with IGN about how this went down at GDC 2007:
Our goal was always to release The Ward as an original game, but we were also open to the idea of turning it into a licensed horror game and approached Konami to see if they wanted to work together to mold it into a Silent Hill game for the Nintendo DS. They were kind enough to meet with us, but the meeting only lasted a few minutes and ended with their [representative] saying they wouldn’t let a team like us handle the Silent Hill license.
It’s a shame that Konami turned down so many Silent Hill pitches for DS. It’s also a shame we’ve had the most recent Silent Hill game cancelled as well. It’s a shame that all of this stuff is happening at Konami. Who knows what will happen now. I guess only time will tell what happens with Konami.
It looks like the hugely popular “playable teaser”, P.T., for Silent Hills will have to remain just that, a playable teaser. The game appears to be dead. After word got out about the demo being removed from PSN as of Wednesday people began speculating about the fate of Konami’s survival horror franchise.
During a talk with audience members at an event for the San Francisco Film Society Guillermo del Toro told people that his collaboration with Kojima is “no longer a going concern”. That in and of itself is not a big concern as multiple people leave projects in production all the time. Further evidence of the game’s cancellation, though, came from actor Norman Reedus. He sent out a tweet saying,
“super bummed about this was really looking forward to it. Hopefully it’ll come back around. Sorry everyone.”
You now have two people involved with the project talking about its cancellation. Konami themselves haven’t talked about the game. They dodged questions about the project when asked, but said that the Silent Hill franchise would continue.
P.T. was so well received by fans that it’s strange Konami would cancel the project. Their relationship with Kojima has been strained in recent months with the designer stating he would be leaving the company after the release of Metal Gear Solid V. Back when that was first announced, rumor and speculation about the fate of P.T. began. It looks like ultimately the game will never see the light of day.
Update: Since this article was posted Konami has confirmed, via Kotaku that Silent Hills has, in fact, officially been cancelled.
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