The rumours have been going back and forth over the news on whether Silent Hills is still in development. And now it's official, Konami have confirmed Silent Hills is no more.
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,
What started with business disagreements with Metal Gear creator and co-director of SIlent Hills, Hideo Kojima and Konami leading to the removal of Kojima's name and Kojima Productions (which Konami have since rebrand to Konami Digital Productions) from multiple Konami sites related to Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hills.
The lead to speculation that he'd been fired. While this was not the case, and that Konami have confirmed that he hasn't, Kojima and his team have been essentially restructured and now are under contract till December this year. Which doesn't sound too good for the future of Metal Gear, but beside this it didn't help with development of Silent Hills.
While Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is in full production and will be releasing this year. SIlent Hills on the other hand will never emerge from the fog. Before Konami's confirmation Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro tweeted out when asked about Silent Hills:
"It's not gonna happen and that breaks my greasy heart."
All this of course, has made many angry and most have pretty much lost all faith in Konami all together. Its a shame as the released Playable Teaser (PT) on the PlayStation 4 was a huge hit and showed great potential of revitalising the franchise. Alas, it will never be. For all those with PlayStation 4's and haven't already done so; download the PT demo before it is removed from the PSN Store on Wednesday, April 29th.
What will happen next for Konami? Considering that now they have voluntarily left the New York Stock Exchange, which they believe: "continued listing on the NYSE is not economically justified." clearly shows that Konami have been been busy restructuring the company. Recent financial reports shows a shift in focus from video games (digital entertainment) to more gambling machines in their home country of Japan.