Guillermo Del Toro once again demands the release of P.T
P.T. was a demo developed by Kojima Productions in collaboration with director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Blade 2, Pinocchio) and Norman Reedus ...
P.T. was a demo developed by Kojima Productions in collaboration with director Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Blade 2, Pinocchio) and Norman Reedus to promote the cancelled game Silent Hills. Although it was praised by critics and beloved by fans, Konami removed it from the PlayStation Store and made reinstallation impossible. However, Guillermo del Toro is still fighting for Konami to make it playable again almost ten years later.
On August 12th, the official Twitter account of The Game Awards posted about the ninth anniversary of the demo originally announced at Gamescom. Del Toro retweeted a day later with the comment: "Ah... Konami... What do you say about that? Irrumabo Konamitus."
Silent Hills was cancelled in 2015 following a fallout between Hideo Kojima and Konami. As a result, P.T. remained as the only glimpse into what a Silent Hill project developed by Kojima could have been. Nowadays, the only way to access it is by watching videos on YouTube or by hacking or jailbreaking one's PS4. Unless one is willing to convince a collector to give up their account, which won't come cheap. PS4 emulators are currently in development and could bypass many of the difficulties for PC players, but these tools are still in the early stages of development.
This is not the first time del Toro has spoken out about the cancellation of Silent Hills and the disappearance of P.T. from the PS Store. Back in 2016, he retweeted The Game Awards' post, which shared a 4K clip of the "world premiere" of Death Stranding, with the comment "FUCK KONAMI." It's quite clear where he stands on this matter, isn't it?
After the cancellation of Silent Hills, the series remained dormant and was considered dead. However, there are now a variety of games in development by different studios. The development team Bloober Team, known for the game "The Medium," is working on a remake of Silent Hill 2, while No Code Studios is working on a game called "Townfall." GenVid Technologies is developing an interactive series called "Ascension," which hasn't been received particularly well by fans. And NeoBards Entertainment is working on a Silent Hill set in 1960s Japanese style simply called "f."
With four Silent Hill projects in the works, who knows? Maybe P.T. will find its way back to the PS Store. As for Silent Hills... I wouldn't hold my breath.
Admittedly, Kojima and del Toro did not sever ties when Konami made their decision. The two collaborated once again on Death Stranding, with del Toro lending his appearance to the character Deadman, voiced by Jesse Corti. When one door closes... perhaps a perplexing yet beloved new genre opens?