Monday, 27 April 2015

A Moment of Silence for Silent Hill

With recent rumors that the new and promising Silent Hill installment is canceled and the main reason I give Konami the time of day is leaving I couldn't help, but rant about this.

What's The Story?

You probably remember a fantastic game demo known only as P.T. that despite the fact you were just running around an endless looping hallway, was genuinely terrifying. I really enjoyed P.T. and I even watched a few playthroughs and realized that it interacted differently with other players. Overall it was very impressive and atmospheric so when I found out it was actually a teaser for a new Silent Hill game I immediately started googling prices of Playstation 4s so that I wouldn't have to steal my friends sofa like I had for P.T. (I think I wore out my welcome when 'Gouge it out!' became my catch phrase of the evening).

So you can imagine the gut-punch when I heard that it was canceled.
P.T. disappeared from the PlayStation Store, Hideo Kojima's podcasts were put on hiatus... What was going on. Next thing I hear Kojima is leaving the project, I hadn't realized that Kojima's production logo had disappeared off the Konami site way back in March. I held out hoping it was all an elaborate hoax like PlayStation Flow. Unfortunately, it seems as though my and other fans of Silent Hill, have had their hopes shredded and fed to Robbie the Rabbit. What is the evidence you may ask? Well Konami has issued this statement:
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.
And on top of that little nugget, Director Guillermo del Toro (who you may remember from Pan's Labyrinth), apparently said "not gonna happen"
Konami's Q&A

What Does This Mean?

Well, it is a huge kick in the teeth for Silent Hill fans everywhere and has sparked the #boycottKonami which I will be participating in. Let's have a moment of honesty here, Silent Hill has been decaying in Konami's care with each new installment. The survival horror genre is a niche that isn't the most profitable endeavor for the most part. With each installment we have seen the game pushed further and further from it's survival horror roots. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Silent Hill: Book of Memories, but the game was not a Silent Hill game it just had it in the title. That's the problem, Silent Hill is being twisted to appeal to the masses, but in the process losing what made us love it in the first place. The first Silent Hill was scary and atmospheric, but this has not carried over well. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories was a good game, but it was watered down. There was no blood and while I'm not exactly keen on being hugged by a weird naked man monster, I've been through worse at pulic schools.

Should we Boycott Konami?

Since the first rumors of Silent Hill's cancellation were spreading there were two very common messages: 'Don't mess with Silent Hill fans' and '#BoycottKonami' It is unclear at this moment if the hashtag will take off, but I'm certainly behind it. I'm sick of these companies forgetting that we the consumer do not have to buy their products. While I was looking forward to playing the Phantom Pain (mainly because of that German Shepard with an eye-patch) I'm willing to sacrifice that to show Konami what for. In reality the last Konami game that I really enjoyed was New Little King's Story but I can't really think of any Konami game other than that.
One must remember that we hold the power over these companies. They have een getting far too complacent lately, I was seeing red when Square Enix pulled there little Final Fantasy VII remake stunt and really I should have taken a stand then too. The only reason I didn't is because they have consistantly made my favorite games and animes. Not an excuse I know.
Personally, I'm boycotting Konami because I am sick and tired of their rubbish and I really love Silent Hill. They asked for this storm and we'd be rude not to deliver.