Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro Team for New Silent Hill

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Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro Team for New Silent Hill

Norman Reedus Silent Hill 2

Interactive P.T. teaser reveals Kojima and del Toro's upcoming Silent Hill offering starring Norman Reedus.

One of the big mysteries heading into Gamescom this week involved what looked to be a new survival horror game for the PlayStation 4, teased by Sony for the past week with short videos showing axes, bloody snowflakes, and other dark imagery, taunting viewers to watch "Horror Reinvented" on the PS4. That all culminated with the release earlier today of a new demo (or "interactive teaser", as it's called in the trailer), available on the PS Store, of a game simply called P.T.. At first glance, P.T. appears to be an eerily frightening, first person survival horror from previously unknown developer 7780s Studio.

But like any good horror flick, there's an unexpected twist ...

After playing through the demo and finally escaping to the outside world, the player is greeted with a cutscene of the main character walking away. The screen fades to black when a name comes up:

"HIDEO KOJIMA"

A few more steps and the screen fades again with another name:

"GUILLERMO DEL TORO"

The camera then pans up to the main character, who slowly turns to reveal the visage of The Walking Dead and Boondocks Saints star, Norman Reedus.

Finally, the screen fades once more, this time to white. Then, in black letters, two simple words appear:

"SILENT HILL"

As soon as that surprise sinks in, one more letter appears ... turning "SILENT HILL" into "SILENT HILLS"

So there you have it. It appears that Konami is bringing Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro on board to reinvent the Silent Hill franchise for the PlayStation 4. They're also bringing along one of the biggest cult icons of the day, Norman Reedus. While the P.T. teaser was a part of Sony's Gamescom presentation and has only been released for the PS4, there's no official word yet on if Silent Hills will be a PlayStation exclusive. If so, it would definitely help Sony to make up for Microsoft's announcement earlier in the day of Rise of the Tomb Raider becoming an Xbox One exclusive.

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This game...cannot possibly be mediocre. It might be epicly awesome, or it might be a horrible failure...but there's no way it will be bland.

Well that's neat. Kojima and Del Toro are never bad things (Except for Hellboy II), and I guess Norman Reedus is cool too? I liked Boondock Saints, but I don't like Walking Dead, so I could go either way I suppose.

Hope it comes out on other platforms though, especially the PC. I still haven't played Downpour, mostly because I hear it's mediocre, but it definitely didn't help that it snubbed my platform of choice.

Mcoffey:
Well that's neat. Kojima and Del Toro are never bad things (Except for Hellboy II), and I guess Norman Reedus is cool too? I liked Boondock Saints, but I don't like Walking Dead, so I could go either way I suppose.

Hope it comes out on other platforms though, especially the PC. I still haven't played Downpour, mostly because I hear it's mediocre, but it definitely didn't help that it snubbed my platform of choice.

Downpor was kind of crap. It was glitchy and pretty broken. In my opinion, it was almost as bad as SH4, so you weren't missing out. I just hope that Kojima doesn't include any snukes in the game, otherwise I won't be able to take anything about it seriously.

I'm not sure how I feel about this. It is nice to see Konami put more effort into Silent Hill than... none at all. It's like they finally realized that they're sitting on one of the most iconic gaming franchises out there, maybe they should give it to their talent.

I don't like Kojima. I think he's a poor writer, and he puts crazy detail into the least important aspects of his games. I don't care how fast your ice cubes melt or whether or not bullet wounds show up on your characcter. I care about the quality of your writing. I'm also weary as to how his insanity will come out on screen. It's kind of funny with Metal Gear, but this is an entirely different animal.

Del Torro could be interesting. I know he loves horror, though none of his horror titles ever seem to come to fruition. This could be hit or miss for me. If I put faith anywhere, than it's with him, but it's not like they got H.P. Lovecraft to work on the thing. Del Torro jumps between art pieces and mindless action flicks pretty frequently, so he's really the wild card here. Is he the writer? The executive producer? Does he have time to devote to this with so many other projects in development? A lot hinges on him, I think.

As for Norman Reedus, I don't even know. A strange choice, I think, but he's certainly not a bad actor. I know he's worked in low budget horror before, and he's in The Walking Dead now, so there's something there. I'm curious, but not yet convinced. You have a lot to live up to guys.

LysanderNemoinis:

Mcoffey:
Well that's neat. Kojima and Del Toro are never bad things (Except for Hellboy II), and I guess Norman Reedus is cool too? I liked Boondock Saints, but I don't like Walking Dead, so I could go either way I suppose.

Hope it comes out on other platforms though, especially the PC. I still haven't played Downpour, mostly because I hear it's mediocre, but it definitely didn't help that it snubbed my platform of choice.

Downpor was kind of crap. It was glitchy and pretty broken. In my opinion, it was almost as bad as SH4, so you weren't missing out. I just hope that Kojima doesn't include any snukes in the game, otherwise I won't be able to take anything about it seriously.

Yeah, that might be a bit too much. Believe it or not, Kojima, that is a thing!

Fox12:
I'm not sure how I feel about this. It is nice to see Konami put more effort into Silent Hill than... none at all. It's like they finally realized that they're sitting on one of the most iconic gaming franchises out there, maybe they should give it to their talent.

I don't like Kojima. I think he's a poor writer, and he puts crazy detail into the least important aspects of his games. I don't care how fast your ice cubes melt or whether or not bullet wounds show up on your characcter. I care about the quality of your writing. I'm also weary as to how his insanity will come out on screen. It's kind of funny with Metal Gear, but this is an entirely different animal.

Del Torro could be interesting. I know he loves horror, though none of his horror titles ever seem to come to fruition. This could be hit or miss for me. If I put faith anywhere, than it's with him, but it's not like they got H.P. Lovecraft to work on the thing. Del Torro jumps between art pieces and mindless action flicks pretty frequently, so he's really the wild card here. Is he the writer? The executive producer? Does he have time to devote to this with so many other projects in development? A lot hinges on him, I think.

I'm of the same mind. I think Del Toro could do it. His style and the way he merges visuals with the psychology of characters is exactly what a Silent Hill game needs. But Hideo Kojima? Hell no. Neither his goofy, idiot nonsense, nor his overblown, incredibly shallow pretension is good in this kind of a setting. Personally, I can only see it going wrong.

OMG. The only thing that would make me more excited about this teaser of a nonexistant game with nothing to go on, would be if it was co-starring Skeet Ulrich. I don't even have a PS4 and I'm already sold.

Whelp, if there was ever a proper application for a cardboard box, I'd say staying out of Pyramid Head's line of sight is a perfectly acceptable use.

Mcoffey:
Well that's neat. Kojima and Del Toro are never bad things

Kojima's work is idiotic, pretentious and tone deaf. He's a natural fit for Silent Hill like Michael Bay is for Ico.

I am pretty sure that Kojima's involvement is more related to the FOX Engine being used in the game. With a name like Del Toro on board, it seems way more likely that the actual writing is his hands.

At any rate, I like Kojima, and I like Del Toro. Reedus isn't too shabby, though seeing him in Silent Hill will take some getting used to.

Really damn excited for this, to be honest. Need to give the teaser a try.

I remain cautiously optimistic about this, as long as Kojima doesn't go over the top with easter eggs and dumb jokes and whatnot since Silent Hill is most powerful for its subtlety.

Ok this is ALMOST amazing... why almost? there´s one name missing so I can go nergasming, where is Akira Yamaoka ? ._. if theres no Yamaoka then it's not a silent hill.

RJ Dalton:

Fox12:
I'm not sure how I feel about this. It is nice to see Konami put more effort into Silent Hill than... none at all. It's like they finally realized that they're sitting on one of the most iconic gaming franchises out there, maybe they should give it to their talent.

I don't like Kojima. I think he's a poor writer, and he puts crazy detail into the least important aspects of his games. I don't care how fast your ice cubes melt or whether or not bullet wounds show up on your characcter. I care about the quality of your writing. I'm also weary as to how his insanity will come out on screen. It's kind of funny with Metal Gear, but this is an entirely different animal.

Del Torro could be interesting. I know he loves horror, though none of his horror titles ever seem to come to fruition. This could be hit or miss for me. If I put faith anywhere, than it's with him, but it's not like they got H.P. Lovecraft to work on the thing. Del Torro jumps between art pieces and mindless action flicks pretty frequently, so he's really the wild card here. Is he the writer? The executive producer? Does he have time to devote to this with so many other projects in development? A lot hinges on him, I think.

I'm of the same mind. I think Del Toro could do it. His style and the way he merges visuals with the psychology of characters is exactly what a Silent Hill game needs. But Hideo Kojima? Hell no. Neither his goofy, idiot nonsense, nor his overblown, incredibly shallow pretension is good in this kind of a setting. Personally, I can only see it going wrong.

I would love to see From Software take a crack at it. They're the only studio I think is qualified at the moment, honestly. Their understanding of subtlety, and telling a story through the environment would be uniquely suited toward the survival horror genre. Dark Souls already felt more like a survival horror game than anything in recent memory anyway. Of course, I would also love to see them make a Berserk game, so I guess that shows how far that goes.

I guess there is only one thing to say about this:

Strap in kids, this game's about to get fucking weird...er, probably more so then it already is.

Uratoh:
This game...cannot possibly be mediocre. It might be epicly awesome, or it might be a horrible failure...but there's no way it will be bland.

That's exactly my first thought. I adore Silent Hill 1 to 3 and even liked the 4th one. I think I don't have to explain how rapidly the quality descended from there. Even though I played through all of them. Except 'Homecoming'. Fuck that one, it's likely that it's my most hated title in 30 years of gaming. And 'Book of Memories' doesn't count.

Anyway, I'm excited to see that Konami is finally putting some effort into the franchise again. There is potential in the line up and I am one of the players who can ignore wonky controls as long as atmosphere and story drag me in. But I'm also aware of what the quoted Uratoh said: There is the potential for an abomination. That would be the final nail in SH's coffin. And if these two guys can't safe it, then I guess it's better to just let it go.

I look forward to battling the materialization of some random bastard's subconscious in a giant robot made from cardboard boxes.

animeh1star1a:
I look forward to battling the materialization of some random bastard's subconscious in a giant robot made from cardboard boxes.

And armed only with a crossbow.

wait, is hating on Kojima a new thing ?
Man, the internet is moving too fast, I can't keep up anymore...

I'm optimistic for this. Hideo Kojima has a reflexive and experimental approach to crafting player experiences and playing off of their expectations. He's also used to weaving allegorical/reflexive threads into a narrative. These things should work for Silent Hill. The main thing he has to get around for this to go well, is embracing the concept of "show, don't tell" over his characteristic lack of elegance. (and having a good editor, if he's doing any writing)

Hope they can get the best out of these guys and make a proper stellar Silent Hill again.

I'm not completely sure about this project, sure it looks promising, both Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro are big talents in their respective mediums, but I'm not entirely certain if Kojima and Silent Hill blend well together. I don't know if Kojima will be the one doing the writing on this one, but if he is, he'll have to change his style up a bit.
From what I hear, one of the biggest strengths in Silent Hill (at least the good ones) is it's subtlety, and Kojima's stories, I don't know if they're bad, but subtle it certainly ain't.

The involvement of Del Toro is a good sign. The Devil's Backbone showed he could do a good atmospheric horror story.

Kojima is another matter. His gameplay can be excellent, but it always trends to the gimmicky, and Silent Hill games have never really been about innovative gameplay. And if Kojima's allowed near the script I'm afraid he'll talk it to death.

Fuck it, the franchise has been dead since 2007, lets just let this madness happen, we might get something stupidly fun that'll make Yahtzee cry.

From what Kojima has shown me, this has me worried.

Kojima can not stop from talking. He can not stop explaining and putting his view point out there. Almost everything he touches, it seems (To Me) that everyone speaking is speaking from Kojima's viewpoint instead of me listening to characters and their own minds.

Silent Hill needs that nigh impossible balance of characters moving enough and likable enough... but mysterious enough that some blanks will NOT be filled, along with making sure that one of the most important aspects of the series (the town) is at the center of it all.

I do not know how much Kojima will be involved with this, but if it is quite a bit, I worry about what comes next.

Norman Reedus is a bad pick for a protagonist. The player character needs to be someone quasi-relatable, and his air of being a badass just undermines any psychological mind-f**king that the game should have.

Also, who let Kojima out of his cage? This already sounds less like a Silent Hill game, and more of a Resident Evil sequel. I'm sorry, but unless someone takes the writing responsibilities away from that buffoon, this will just be another Kojima game. That is to say, another game with functional mechanics but with utter tripe for a story, not to mention the kind of disturbing way he views female characters in his games.

I mean, the only good thing here is Guillhermo del Toro, because his monster designs are great and genuinely unsettling at times, but like I said; unless Kojima is responsible only for the gameplay, the story will completely undermine it.

A chance to update one's opinion without editing the original post? Brilliant.

But while Kojima being involved spells "disaster" to me because he doesn't understand when a character should speak and when silence and world building should tell the story, maybe Norman Reedus and del Toro can save this, maybe. I'm still not hopeful for the game, but at least it might be over the top enough. Seeing as Shattered Memories and Downpour were good and great games respectively (in my opinion, I know Silent Hill existing beyond 3 is sinful even though 4 isn't that bad), this can either keep the momentum going of restoring Silent Hill to the great series it once was, or pummelling it into the ground. If it is just alright (which I doubt, look who is involved), then it just gives Silent Hill even more of a bad name and just another game to be unfairly grouped with the disc-based-shit that was Homecoming.

ObsidianJones:

Silent Hill needs that nigh impossible balance of characters moving enough and likable enough... but mysterious enough that some blanks will NOT be filled, along with making sure that one of the most important aspects of the series (the town) is at the center of it all.

I do not know how much Kojima will be involved with this, but if it is quite a bit, I worry about what comes next.

Hey, you know the enduring mystery about what exactly is behind the horror and madness of Silent Hill?

Turns out, it's nanomachines. Who knew?

I see a lot of negativity so far. I'm not really sure I get that. Isn't Silent Hill in a place right now where just about ANY news is good news. Upon seeing the title, my first thought wasn't "Yea, Del Toro" or "Boo, Hideo Kojima" but instead "Cool, Silent Hill isn't DEAD."

Besides, for all the complaining I see about Kojima's stories I see 2 blindspots there. First, other than mistaking complexity for depth and a tendency beat a dead horse on his hangup themes there isn't really too much wrong with his writing. And second, Do you know who GUILLERMO DEL TORO is? With his name attached, do you really think Kojima is WRITING? So what, Kojima will write and Del Toro is there for ambient lighting design. Casting, character design and music? OF COURSE Del Toro is writing... what else would he do?

Oh and yes, without Akira Yamaoka they need not bother.

Man, haven't been excited about a Silent Hill game in ages, I wonder how Kojima and Del Toro mix, I love Kojima, in my opinion one of the best writers of all time, and Del Toro has great vision but the writing comes off a bit lackluster at times, but I think the two can create something spectacular together, if they can tone down Kojimas comedy side a bit, it doesn't fit into the Silent Hill series very well.
Casting Norman Reedus is a bit odd though, hard to relate to a character that is supposed to be in a mental breakdown state when he's done by someone typecasted strictly as an action man "badass".

Well, this will be interesting.

Kojima is finally doing something other than Metal Gear.

And Konami has finally woken up to the idea that people would actually want to play survival horror. And are evidently putting some decent resources behind a new project to boot.

Whatever the result, this will be interesting.

I'm of the opposite mind than many here, I guess. Kojima is an excellent game designer (apart from MGS4), and by this point Silent Hill is so fucking dead that letting him take whatever crack he wishes to take at it is fine by me. Though I think he'll take on more of a producer role.

Del Toro I honestly don't regard as that well of a filmmaker. He's good at visuals, but his actual storytelling skills and acting direction leave a lot to be desired. And even on the visuals front he tends to go overboard in that "Zack Snyder" sort of way.

And even if I did like del Toro, I trust a seasoned game developer with a game more than a movie director.

Why does everyone suddenly hate Kojima, was it the paid demo thing? I think he could come up with something good out of this, especially if he is working with del Toro. Kojima's obsessive attention to detail is something Silent Hill fans should be relieved by considering how buggy and incompetent the last few entries have been. As far as writing goes, yeah Kojima's stories have progressively gotten worse but either his dialogue writing (or the localization as some have told me) has gotten better to the point of it not looking all bad. Also I doubt he is an idiot who's going to put a diaper monkey and fart jokes into a horror game, he is capable of restraint at some points in Metal Gear, it's just not his usual style.

But this probably won't come out for another three years or so who really cares at this point, the game could very well fall though.

Although I have to wonder why they choose Reedus to be the protagonist, is it because he tweeted positively about Phantom Pain? He is just has way too much of a badass persona to be a fitting protagonist in Silent Hill, unless he can pull it off somehow I've only ever seen him in the Walking Dead.

thanatos388:
Why does everyone suddenly hate Kojima, was it the paid demo thing? I think he could come up with something good out of this, especially if he is working with del Toro. Kojima's obsessive attention to detail is something Silent Hill fans should be relieved by considering how buggy and incompetent the last few entries have been. As far as writing goes, yeah Kojima's stories have progressively gotten worse but either his dialogue writing (or the localization as some have told me) has gotten better to the point of it not looking all bad. Also I doubt he is an idiot who's going to put a diaper monkey and fart jokes into a horror game, he is capable of restraint at some points in Metal Gear, it's just not his usual style.

But this probably won't come out for another three years or so who really cares at this point, the game could very well fall though.

Although I have to wonder why they choose Reedus to be the protagonist, is it because he tweeted positively about Phantom Pain? He is just has way too much of a badass persona to be a fitting protagonist in Silent Hill, unless he can pull it off somehow I've only ever seen him in the Walking Dead.

Downpour is not as buggy as it was at launch now. It got it's desperately needed patches. Admittedly, the frame rate sometimes dips but never for too long. Can't say I had issues with Shattered Memories beyond the Wii Mote being a load of shit (which is a problem). As long as Reedus isn't the same awful protagonist from Homecoming I think it's all good.

I am happy. Very happy. This could be the perfect team up. Kojima doing a Silent Hill game has been a thing for a while now, but with Del Toro on board, we have some genuine horror expertise in the mix. Plus, he should be able to keep Kojima's more... Frustrating aspects in check.

Silent Hills? Multiple Protagonists? Different Versions of Silent Hill for each character?
Hideo Kojima's Silent Hill and Guillermo del Toro's Silent Hill?
This will be VERY interesting.

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