Konami Confirms Silent Hills Cancellation

Konami Confirms Silent Hills Cancellation

Norman Reedus Silent Hill 2

According to representatives from Konami, Silent Hills has been cancelled but the Silent Hill franchise isn't finished yet.

Horror fans let out a collective cry of anguish when Guillermo Del Toro revealed that Silent Hills had been cancelled. The project, which was to be co-directed by Del Toro and Hideo Kojima with Norman Reedus in the lead role, was perhaps one of the most hotly anticipated entries of the horror franchise. But after hoping and praying it wouldn't end here, Konami has officially confirmed that Silent Hills is finished - although the Silent Hill franchise will continue.

"Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles," a representative told Game Informater, "however the embryonic Silent Hills project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued."

And to rub further salt in the wound, the interactive teaser game P.T. disappears this Wednesday. "P.T. is being pulled from the PS store since it was created as a playable teaser for Silent Hills, but the distribution period and license usage within the demo have both now expired."

Konami didn't state precisely why Silent Hills was cancelled, but if it involved the publisher's changing relationship with Kojima Productions it wouldn't be a huge surprise. We'll report more information as it develops, but now's your last chance to download P.T. from PSN for a glimpse of what could have been.

Source: Game Informer

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Fanghawk:
"Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles," a representative told Game Informater, "however the embryonic Silent Hills project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued."

It's hilarious how they refuse to mention Kojima's name even in a press note. Shit must've gone down super bad over there.

"Konami has officially confirmed that Silent Hills is finished - although the Silent Hill franchise will continue."

Yes, the milking of the franchise cow won't stop till the numbers on that evil spreadsheet they keep in place of a heart and or common sense stop making 'business sense'... Psssh.

CAPTCHA: Star Spangled. Yes, that's exactly what this series is allergic too; Western developers ruining it's core concepts!

I'm starting to get flashbacks of Capcom and megaman!

I sincerely wish Konami the best of luck on their pachinko machine business. Although knowing them they'll somehow manage to fuck that up too. Well, I'll celebrate Kojima's magnum opus my own way. That is to say I'm gonna buy it second hand so as not to give a single penny more to those senseless dimwits.

So long Konami, and thanks for... Well, Metal Gear, I guess. *shrugs*

And so the greatest horror franchise died a death once more.

Sayonara, Konami.

Casual Shinji:

Fanghawk:
"Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles," a representative told Game Informater, "however the embryonic Silent Hills project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued."

It's hilarious how they refuse to mention Kojima's name even in a press note. Shit must've gone down super bad over there.

Every vague glimpse Konami gives about what is going on behinds the scenes makes this entire incident seem worse and worse. What the hell happened over there?

From how bad it all sounds, I can only imagine that Kojima's disagreements with the Konami execs turned into something like this:

OT: What a goddamned shame that such a promising title seems to be dead in the water now. There hasn't been this much interest and excitement for a Silent Hill game in ages, and now it's done.

RIP Konami.

Yet another company that stopped being relevant after the 90's, right next to Capcom.

This is such a gut punch for me. Well maybe I'll finally get around to playing downpour to choke back my grief. I have heard it is 'okay' for a SH game. Perhaps it will surprise me...

Why Konami would distance themselves from one of their biggestvcash cows I will never know. It would be awesome if Kojima opened his own studio and continued work on Silent Hills. Just put it under a different name.

Not only does Konami officially cancel Silent Hills, they also Delist themselves from the New York Stock Exchange.

I think Konami might be leaving Video Gaming...

One horror game that I was actually looking forward to. It looked genuinely scary. Sad day.

And no more Konami? Holy crap! That would be an end of an era. I hope it isn't true.

Bat Vader:

It would be awesome if Kojima opened his own studio and continued work on Silent Hills. Just put it under a different name.

Something like Desolate Gradients perhaps?
I also sincerely hope Kojima continues his work with a newly founded, talented studio. He could just walk out of konami's office, on the day, all like..."I have cookies and the FOX engine! Which of you motherfuckers here gonna abandon this sinking ship and join me in perilous adventures??"

At least I really hope that's how it goes down...

yet another series going down the drain much like Double Dragon, Contra, Castlevania all did before it. If there's one thing I know about Konami is that they don't know how to manage a franchise, I bet the yearly installments of Metal Gear will start as soon as Kojima leaves

Xsjadoblayde:

Bat Vader:

It would be awesome if Kojima opened his own studio and continued work on Silent Hills. Just put it under a different name.

Something like Desolate Gradients perhaps?
I also sincerely hope Kojima continues his work with a newly founded, talented studio. He could just walk out of konami's office, on the day, all like..."I have cookies and the FOX engine! Which of you motherfuckers here gonna abandon this sinking ship and join me in perilous adventures??"

At least I really hope that's how it goes down...

Could Konami try and claim ownership or is the FOX Engine strictly Kojima's? I think it would hilarious if Kojima one day bought Konami.

I kinda had a feeling that they would cancel the game once Del Toro and Kojima weren't involved.

And now they're gonna keep going on with the series?

I think Konami has done quite enough for SH, and they should just stop while they're ahead.

Well Konami, you've spent the past few years churning out some real grade A garbage outside of Metal Gear.

Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out of the gaming industry. Especially since you didn't care that your ass is where most of your games from the past 4 or 5 years have been coming from.

"According to representatives from Konami, Silent Hills has been cancelled but the Silent Hill franchise isn't finished yet."

Yes. Yes it is Konami.

I can't wait until Konami goes bankrupt and it has to sell its assets.

MAYBE WE CAN GET A NEW ACTUAL CASTLEVANIA GAME!

A man can dream, truly. :(

Blazing Hero:
This is such a gut punch for me. Well maybe I'll finally get around to playing downpour to choke back my grief. I have heard it is 'okay' for a SH game. Perhaps it will surprise me...

Downpour is a really good game, especially now after all patches and what not. Plus the Special Ending really feels like a heartfelt goodbye to the series which seems more and more likely now that Silent Hill keeps dwelling in development Hell.

Mr.Mattress:
Not only does Konami officially cancel Silent Hills, they also Delist themselves from the New York Stock Exchange.

I think Konami might be leaving Video Gaming...

It's entirely possible. Have you seen their portfolio over the last few years? 3-4 games a year, with some of those being cash in mobile games or re-releases. Nevermind the fact that basically all they have now is DDR and PES, DDR is very niche and PES just can't stand up to FIFA, especially in Europe. Even if PES had/has (I've no idea) the superior mechanics, people want to play as their favourite teams and players, which Konami just cannot do.

Aw, i was hoping they'd finally let that milked-to-death and watered-down-beyond-recognition franchise finally end like it should have a long time ago. then they could actually focus their resources on something fresh and wothwhile instead of keeping the same franchise on life support.

Oh well.

Xsjadoblayde:

Bat Vader:

It would be awesome if Kojima opened his own studio and continued work on Silent Hills. Just put it under a different name.

Something like Desolate Gradients perhaps?

Mute Slopes?

The Silent Hill franchise will continue, well lots of people will be relieved to know that in Japan they will get to play the Silent Hill themed gambling slot machine after all then!

Kojima should just make his own horror game with Black Jack and Hookers and then laugh at Konami when the game sells 5+ million copies.

Mr.Mattress:
Not only does Konami officially cancel Silent Hills, they also Delist themselves from the New York Stock Exchange.

I think Konami might be leaving Video Gaming...

They probably are, AAA gaming doesn't even account for half of their total revenue and with only one big franchise left that they can be sure of actually shift large numbers of and the industry becoming riskier they could well be calling it a day.

I suspect this was the cause of the tension between Konami and Kojima, he has wanted to leave MGS behind for a long time and probably finally had enough and maybe started delivering ultimatums.n.

Hello, we're Konami and we're determined to reduce our output to fucking Yu-Gi-Oh![1]

To be honest, I really don't think Kojima would've been the best for this game. His style of writing is just so overdone, I find. Also he's the master of killing drama in games so whatever.

[1] Alternatively: Hello, we're Konami and welcome to Jackass!

MasterOfHisOwnDomain:

Xsjadoblayde:

Bat Vader:

It would be awesome if Kojima opened his own studio and continued work on Silent Hills. Just put it under a different name.

Something like Desolate Gradients perhaps?

Mute Slopes?

Dumb protuberances? ...not sure how far this can be pushed, hehe!

Fiz_The_Toaster:
I kinda had a feeling that they would cancel the game once Del Toro and Kojima weren't involved.

You got that completely backwards. Del Toro and Kojima aren't involved because Konami are canceling Silent Hills. Neither of them, nor Norman Reedus, left the project.

The truth of the matter appears to be that Kojima had a falling out with Kagemasa Kozu. We have no idea if Kagemasa is pushing Kojima out, or if Kojima is just setting out on his own, because neither one is currently talking, but rumors reported from inside Konami indicate the former.

Mr.Mattress:
Not only does Konami officially cancel Silent Hills, they also Delist themselves from the New York Stock Exchange.

I think Konami might be leaving Video Gaming...

They delisted themselves from the NYSE because it costs them 5 million dollars a year and less than 3% of their shares are ever traded in the US. You can actually still buy Konami shares in the US, they just aren't listed on the NYSE anymore. Konami is not going anywhere anytime soon unless they have a big scandal in the wings - this is even less likely if the current push to legalize gambling in Japan succeeds (on the second try through). They are in prime position to cash in on selling gambling machines if this does.

In fact, this move may actually signal their confidence in this bill passing, as they may want to shift gears to accommodate what is likely to be a huge short term market. Extra evidence that lends credence to this theory is that while they've closed down Kojima's LA studio, they've also consolidated every single other project related team at Konami into discipline specific divisions (for example, all audio engineers together in an audio engineering department). You'd probably do this if you wanted to retool your organization to work on many small projects at one time, like for instance, developing a dozen or two themed electronic gambling machines based on Konami properties. Metal Gear Poker anyone? Ahem.

All that being said, getting rid of their Digital Entertainment division doesn't make any sense as it accounts for almost half of their entire earnings, so I suspect they will continue to make video games for quite a few years - at least if they're capable of it after this reorganization shuffle.

Bat Vader:
Why Konami would distance themselves from one of their biggestvcash cows I will never know. It would be awesome if Kojima opened his own studio and continued work on Silent Hills. Just put it under a different name.

This is kind of a "meh". Take Metal Gear for instance - The games on the primary franchise do pretty well, but they also have a high production cost and each subsequent one has earned less money (although still very profitable). However, their spin-off properties are very cheap to produce and do exceedingly well. In a way, Konami may be betting that the Metal Gear franchise is big enough to survive without Kojima and the sales of the games he is not involved in are proof in their eyes.

Alternatively, we still don't know if this is actually Kojima leaving them to do his own thing. I suspect we'll find out when he's finally gone from Konami.

Jake Martinez:

Fiz_The_Toaster:
I kinda had a feeling that they would cancel the game once Del Toro and Kojima weren't involved.

You got that completely backwards. Del Toro and Kojima aren't involved because Konami are canceling Silent Hills. Neither of them, nor Norman Reedus, left the project.

The truth of the matter appears to be that Kojima had a falling out with Kagemasa Kozu. We have no idea if Kagemasa is pushing Kojima out, or if Kojima is just setting out on his own, because neither one is currently talking, but rumors reported from inside Konami indicate the former.

Mr.Mattress:
Not only does Konami officially cancel Silent Hills, they also Delist themselves from the New York Stock Exchange.

I think Konami might be leaving Video Gaming...

They delisted themselves from the NYSE because it costs them 5 million dollars a year and less than 3% of their shares are ever traded in the US. You can actually still buy Konami shares in the US, they just aren't listed on the NYSE anymore. Konami is not going anywhere anytime soon unless they have a big scandal in the wings - this is even less likely if the current push to legalize gambling in Japan succeeds (on the second try through). They are in prime position to cash in on selling gambling machines if this does.

In fact, this move may actually signal their confidence in this bill passing, as they may want to shift gears to accommodate what is likely to be a huge short term market. Extra evidence that lends credence to this theory is that while they've closed down Kojima's LA studio, they've also consolidated every single other project related team at Konami into discipline specific divisions (for example, all audio engineers together in an audio engineering department). You'd probably do this if you wanted to retool your organization to work on many small projects at one time, like for instance, developing a dozen or two themed electronic gambling machines based on Konami properties. Metal Gear Poker anyone? Ahem.

All that being said, getting rid of their Digital Entertainment division doesn't make any sense as it accounts for almost half of their entire earnings, so I suspect they will continue to make video games for quite a few years - at least if they're capable of it after this reorganization shuffle.

Bat Vader:
Why Konami would distance themselves from one of their biggestvcash cows I will never know. It would be awesome if Kojima opened his own studio and continued work on Silent Hills. Just put it under a different name.

This is kind of a "meh". Take Metal Gear for instance - The games on the primary franchise do pretty well, but they also have a high production cost and each subsequent one has earned less money (although still very profitable). However, their spin-off properties are very cheap to produce and do exceedingly well. In a way, Konami may be betting that the Metal Gear franchise is big enough to survive without Kojima and the sales of the games he is not involved in are proof in their eyes.

Alternatively, we still don't know if this is actually Kojima leaving them to do his own thing. I suspect we'll find out when he's finally gone from Konami.

Honestly, I hope Kojima sues Konami for control of the Metal Gear franchise. That has been his baby since the 80s and personally I think it should stay with him.

Fiz_The_Toaster:
I kinda had a feeling that they would cancel the game once Del Toro and Kojima weren't involved.

And now they're gonna keep going on with the series?

I think Konami has done quite enough for SH, and they should just stop while they're ahead VERY VERY VERY VERY FAR BEHIND.

Fixed that for ya, Fiz. ;D

OT: Jim said it best a few years ago; "Because Konami is Konami". ;p

Shame. It really could have been really cool to see Del Toro and Kojima work together.
Maybe they still can, but I guess we'll have to wait and see. :(

 

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