Those as yet unacquainted with 2014’s spooktacular demo P.T., an unprecedented partnership between the inimitable Hideo Kojima and Oscar-winning director Guillermo Del Torro was born. Or I should say still-born, in reference to both the unfortunate lack of full game forthcoming and the abomination Norman Redus voiced protagonist finds in the bathroom.
The short demo harked back to a time before jump-scares, when horror games crept insidiously under your skin, to writhe and wriggle deep into your subconscious, manifesting in sleepless nights, pleading with your parents to “maybe leave the hall light on tonight, if you don’t mind”.
Ultimately, it was a spectacular taste of what might have been. A morsel of mayhem, an amuse-bouche of brutal, psychological horror. But since Kojima’s departure from Konami in 2015, and the announcement that Silent Hills was officially no longer in production, fans would have to wait for Redus’ reappearance in popular walking simulator Death Stranding. Hope for P.T. was all but lost. Until now.
An interview with ComicCon@Home confirmed that Kojima had been in talks with famed horror artist Junji Ito. The aim seems to continue to work on a new horror game. Ito said,
“I do know director Kojima and we have been in conversation that he may have a horror-based game that he may be doing, and so he has invited me to work on that, but there are no details on it yet,”
Hideo Kojima has admitted himself that since completing work on Death Stranding, his attention is back on horror. He even admitted to renting renowned Thai horror film The Eye but it was “too scary to finish watching it”. The big girl’s blouse.
The scariest horror game ever made
But don’t underestimate by the big pussycat’s dedication to the genre. Lest we forget he already staked his resolve in creating “the scariest horror game” ever made. And although P.T. was in effect a nail-biting teaser for our next Silent Hill instalment, the IP of which is retained by Konami, that shouldn’t put you off.
Kojima confirmed at the time that there was no “canonical and direct relation” between Silent Hills and the much-loved franchise. You would speculate that a lot of the ideas originally intended for P.T. could quite easily find themselves into this new IP, in every regard a spiritual successor to the acclaimed demo.
But who knows? This is Hideo Kojima, after all, original breaker of forth walls, a man with more twists and betrayals in his tales than George R Martin. All we know is that whatever that mad genius is up to, it’s going to be spectacular. Let’s just hope that unlike Norman’s friend in the sink, this projected remains un-aborted.
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