Silent Hills (P.T.) Cancelled by Konami: Digital Art Preservation
In case you haven’t heard, Silent Hills has officially been cancelled by Konami. And while that in itself is a bloody shame, the once legendary game developer seems to be hellbent on extirpating any trace of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro’s contribution to the Silent Hill series — even going as far as removing the game’s elaborate teaser (P.T.) from the Playstation Network.
There are some valid reason’s behind Konami’s decission, though. The company seems to have completely lost interest in developing ‘traditional’ games, with Konami’s current president Hideki Hayakawa announcing that they will be focusing primarily on mobile games from now on. As such, there really is no benefit in Konami investing any more time or money into what’s essentially a glorified demo for a game that — from the looks of it — will never see the light of day.
However, as Timothy Torres argues in this PC Magazine article: “By wiping P.T., an elaborate ad for Silent Hills, from the Web, Konami has digitally murdered a work of art.” A sentiment that we here at Cheshire Cat Studios wholeheartedly share.
LaughingMan, CineMax, and Katie discuss Hideo Kojima’s falling-out with Konami, as well as the latter’s decision to focus on what they perceive to be more profitable enterprises such as mobile games and even health spas. Additionally, the trio dissect gaming’s current “preservation crisis” (as PC Magazine puts it) and the sudden inflow of legendary game developers resorting to crowd-funding platforms like Kickstarter in order to bring their creative visions to fruition (see “Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night” by Koji Igarashi and “Yooka-Laylee” by Playtonic Games.)
Finally, the three hosts then touch upon Allison Road — a promising new indie horror game title that could be seen as a “spiritual successor” of sorts to Silent Hills. Even though we may never get to play Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro’s cancelled brainchild, it seems like it has left its mark in gaming by (hopefully) inspiring a new generation of cerebral horror titles to replace the current onslaught of cheap, disposable jump-scare simulators.
“Demise of Silent Hills Proves Gaming Has a Preservation Crisis” – PC Magazine
“Video Games, Modding, and the Law” – Electronic Frontier Foundation
“Allison Road – Prototype Gameplay” – Steam Greenlight