Despite the fact that the last proper Silent Hill game released in 2012, and that it has been nearly six years since Kojima Productions’ Silent Hills was canceled, demand for the series to return has not relented. Rumors upon rumors of the series’ comeback have circulated since Silent Hills — some plausible, others nonsensical attempts at trolling fellow fans and chasing clout. We’ve openly scoffed at the majority of those rumors, but most recently, multiple trusted sources of ours provided similar details regarding a Silent Hill reboot and the continuation of Silent Hills. In the pursuit of more information, we asked Konami for some answers.
According to a North American PR representative for Konami, recent Silent Hill rumors “are not true.”
“We’re aware of all the rumors and reports but can confirm that they are not true. I know it’s not the answer your fans may want to hear,” said the Konami US PR rep.
We asked the Konami US PR rep for some clarification on the company’s claim that the rumors were false, asking if both the reported Silent Hill reboot by SIE Japan Studio with Toyama, Ito, and Yamaoka on board, as well as the separate Silent Hills revival that Sony is allegedly pitching to Kojima Productions, are both not true. No response was received after a week of follow-ups. The initial response about the rumors was received within an hour of our first email.
In the Konami rep’s original email, he also said: “It’s not to say we are completely closing the door on the franchise, just not in the way it is being reported.” So, while Konami US is denying that the rumors are true, they’re once again acknowledging that the series is still alive in some way. This echoes what we’ve heard a few times from them since Silent Hills‘ cancelation — that something may happen someday. Another source of ours not referenced in the last rumor post confirmed as such following the post’s publication. We do know that Christophe Gans’ third Silent Hill film is in development, at least.
While we do trust our sources who have shared accurate information with us about multiple game series and industry happenings in the past, publishing Konami’s side of the story is important. That said, the details regarding recent rumors mostly pertain to alleged events happening between Konami Japan, SIE Japan Studio, and Kojima Productions. We have only spoken to Konami US, and we’re hoping for additional information from them to have a clear cut answer about what aspects of the rumors are false; if received, we’ll update this story.