Kojima Wants to Reboot Silent Hill, but Not Until He’s Ready for Daily Nightmares

In an interview with Geoff Keighley, Hideo Kojima stated something that a lot of Silent Hill fans would no doubt freak out over if it came to fruition: a reboot of Silent Hill under his direction. When asked via a fan question what Konami series Kojima would like to reboot or direct himself, he quickly responded with “Silent Hill”.

Keighley then asked what Kojima would do with Silent Hill and he said the following, “Silent Hill. Uh, there’s a problem. I’m easily scared of many things.”

“A guy that is such a chicken and is so easily scared [Referring to Himself] – making a scary game – I’m very confident that something horrifying would come out from that. But on the other hand I would have to prepare myself to have nightmares every single day. Hopefully sometime in the future I’m able to work on this, but I would really need to prepare to have daily nightmares.”

Now, there has been no announcement at all regarding a Kojima Silent Hill game, but we do know that Konami’s President had asked Kojima personally to take over the series, in 2012. Kojima has spoken about the Silent Hill series before, saying that he would like to lend the FOX Engine to the development of a new title, but not lead the project himself.

“Honestly, I’m kind of a scaredy-cat when it comes to horror movies, so I’m not confident I can do it. At the same time, there’s a certain type of horror that only people who are scared of can create, so maybe it’s something I can do.

“That said, I think Silent Hill has a certain atmosphere. I think it has to continue, and I’d love to help it continue, and if I can help by supervising or lending the technology of the Fox Engine, then I’d love to participate in that respect,” Kojima said at Eurogamer Expo 2012.

Kojima’s comments in today’s interview reaffirm that Kojima is a self identified “chicken”, but his stance in the interview is a bit more vague than before. Perhaps he has warmed up to the idea of leading a Silent Hill game – as long as he’s ready for the nightmares, that is.

The future of the Silent Hill series is rather hush, at the moment. Merchandising between statues, action figures, and clothing is all that us Silent Hill fans can look forward to. Silent Hill: Downpour released on March 13, 2012; Book of Memories then released in October, 2012.

I don’t expect to see a new Silent Hill game for awhile, but maybe it will happen and will be a Kojima production to boot.

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  • Misha Argall

    I can look forward to this, Kojima is a top tier director. But will he ever really leave the Metal Gear Solid series?

    • suicidalclockchime

      He’s been talking about leaving it since MGS4, but hasn’t… thinking he’s pretty attached for good reason lol. But I would love to see him work on Silent Hill, he’s brilliant!

      • he’s been talking about leaving MGS since MGS1. It’s the reason MGS4 stars a tired old man, it reflects Kojima’s attitude towards the series and game development in general.

        • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

          excellent observation on that allusion. I really wish Solid Snake wasn’t gone :'(

          • suicidalclockchime

            I wish as well, he was my favorite character in the series. </3

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            ditto. I’ll never stop playing MGS4 though-don’t want the memory to die, if that even makes sense to people anymore.

        • suicidalclockchime

          I had no clue he’s been talking about it that long, but now that makes good sense. But yet he keeps producing games… I think he enjoys it to much to fully let go.

          • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

            yeah, he enjoys messing with us too much to miss out on all the fun, ROFLOL

  • 蛍火

    Well, the director of the first Silent Hill thought of himself of a scaredy-cat as well and look how it turned out. I have faith he could pull it off… Either way he couldn’t do worse than what we’ve got those last years.

  • M. Sorge

    Personally, I think it’d be a good idea, considering his quality of production. He did well with bringing his talents to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, so I’m sure he could bring something good to Silent Hill too, even if he’s a self-titled “scaredy-cat,” haha.

    • bigevilworldwide

      He really didn’t have anything to do with Lords of Shadow. Konami just basically said he was the producer because nobody had heard of mercury steam. They’ve admitted themselves that Kojima really didn’t do anything

      • M. Sorge

        Ahh, OK…
        I didn’t know to what extent his work was with LofS, but thanks for the heads up.

  • I’d love to see him do this, instead of killing off the MGS series any more than he already has.

  • Steven Bayne

    The Silent Hill series deserves an update. Who better to do that than Kojima? The FOX engine would bring Silent Hill to life in such a beautiful (yet nasty) looking way. Kojima’s crazy storytelling could also play quite nicely too. He is a mastermind at what he does and that a making good quality games. It’s about time Silent Hill falls back in the hands of someone trustworthy.

  • Jarbas Porto

    Just call the Team Silent back, Konami. Nothing else is necessary.

  • qwe

    why am i cheking the inteernet each month since 2012 to see if there are any news on sh9 :(((