Guillermo Del Toro thought Konami had something special with Silent Hills as he reflects on the project’s cancellation.
Speaking to horror site Bloody Disgusting, Del Toro thought Silent Hills would “really go for the jugular” with its approach to horror.
The Pacific Rim director claims that the project would have featured designs and elements similar to those seen in Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us:
"We had a great experience and had great story sessions with hundreds upon hundreds of designs," he said.
"Some of the stuff that we were designing for Silent Hills I've seen in games that came after, like The Last of Us, which makes me think we were not wrong, we were going in the right direction,
“The thing with Kojima and Silent Hills is that I thought we would do a really remarkable game and really go for the jugular."
Konami officially cancelled development plans for Silent Hills in April 2015, which Del Toro believes “makes no f**king sense” at all.
"We were hoping to actually create some sort of panic with some of the devices we were talking about and it is really a shame that it’s not happening.”
“When you ask about how things operate, that makes no f**king sense at all that that game is not happening. Makes no f**king sense at all."
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The loss of Silent Hills was a significant blow to fans of the Silent Hill franchise, which has been in decline for several years for now.
Konami originally declined to comment on the cancellation of Silent Hills, but eventually released a small statement:
"Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles," it said, "however the embryonic Silent Hills project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued."
“In terms of Kojima and del Toro being involved, discussions on future Silent Hill projects are currently underway, and please stay tuned for further announcements."
The main reason for the cancellation of Silent Hills is still unknown, but could have something do with Hideo Kojima’s recent dispute with Konami.
Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro still wish to work together in the future, and plan to stay in contact.