Silent Hills Petition Surpasses 80,000 Signatures
Last week, we reported that Konami announced the cancellation of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro's Silent Hills, which was going to star Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead fame. The cancellation of this project likely has to do with the expected departure of Hideo Kojima from Konami once Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain launches worldwide on Sept. 1. Kojima's own studio, Kojima Productions, which made Silent Hills' Playable Teaser demo, P.T., appears to have been broken up by Konami. A Change.org petition created by Yauheni Zinkevich, which asks Kojima and del Toro to continue development on Silent Hills, has already gained 82,000+ signatures since it launched on the day of the game's cancellation.
Here's what Zinkevich's petition says:
Dear Hideo and Guillermo,
hearing the cancellation of one of the most anticipated horror games is about the most heartbreaking thing horror fans had to swallow this year.
Since the first sight of the P.T Demo it was instant love, and it burned into the minds of everyone that this had to release at some point.
Although the reasons are not yet announced I am begging you along with countless others: Please continue the Development on Silent Hills, if the issue is money related, we would love to see a Crowdfunding campaign like Kickstarter to ensure you are getting all the financial help there is! We´d love to see it happen at some point and want to thank you for all the great games you have released so far!
Call us skeptical, but we have a feeling isn't going to change anything. Konami owns the rights to the franchise and all signs are pointing towards Hideo Kojima leaving the company by the end of the year. Even if del Toro and Kojima were to collaborate after the departure, they would have to create a game that wasn't based on the Silent Hill franchise. It is also likely that Konami owns the rights to everything in P.T., so we doubt that the game would be P.T.-like either.
Like its unveiling, Silent Hills followed Norman Reedus and faded into the fog, never to be seen again.