by Tom Chapman via Screen Rant
Another faithful recreation kicks the bucket as Konami shuts down a fan-made Silent Hills playtest. The joint venture between Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro promised to be something big for the studio, and although P.T. was pulled from the PlayStation store in 2015, it lives/lived on in various forms like this latest PC port using the Unreal Engine 4.
Since 1999, Silent Hill has had gamers hiding behind their pillows as they venture into the survival horror and take on the monsters that await them in the nightmarish series. From highs like Silent Hill 2 to lows like Silent Hill: Book of Memories, fans have seen it all from the terrifying town. There were once hopes that Silent Hills could reinvent the series, but after a demo was made available following Sony’s 2014 presentation at Gamescom, the title slipped into development hell.
Considering the playable Silent Hills was downloaded over 1,000,000 times, it is easy to see why there is still a fanbase out there. Hoping to recapture the fear factor from Konami’s P.T., a 17-year-old uberfan known as Qimsar ported the playtest for PC. Qimsar’s work proved popular and Silent Hill Reddit mod MarcellusDrum decided to leave it on the site for gamers to enjoy. But now, the fun’s all over. According to a statement by Qimsar (via Game Jolt), the Silent Hills port has been permanently removed. While the staff at Konami were apparently impressed, the legalities mean that P.T. had to be removed. In his post, Qimsar thanked people for their support and credited Konami for being “extremely cool about things.”
Qimsar reminds fans that there are dozens of P.T. remakes out there and questioned why his was the one removed. That being said, if Konami has started clamping down on unauthorized content, it could be a case of download them while you can. As it stands, 2012’s distinctly average Silent Hill: Downpour is currently the last console game, while the future of the franchise still remains uncertain.
There was some good news though as Qismar revealed he was given some merchandise and has been offered an internship with the gaming giant. As for Silent Hills, the game has returned to fiery depths of the town that it came from as Konami continues to plow its efforts into the long-awaited Death Stranding.
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