Update: Big publishers like Konami typically don’t comment on rumours or speculation, but perhaps tired of having its name dragged through the mud it’s released a statement regarding Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka’s recent interview, which was pulled from the web.
A spokesperson said: “Konami did not ask Al Hub to take down the interview.”
So, does this mean Konami’s not involved with whichever project Yamaoka was referring to? Or is the publisher simply sick of taking the blame for things it had nothing to do with? Your guess is as good as ours.
Original Story: Here we go again, then. Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka recently appeared in an interview with Al Hub, where he teased that a new project will “probably” be announced this summer. While he didn’t elaborate, he hinted that it may be one “you’re hoping to hear about”. Of course, there’s been persistent rumours about a new Silent Hill game for months now, although they’re yet to pan out.
Perhaps adding more intrigue to the interview, Al Hub has since taken down the video. It titled the clip ‘New Silent Hill Game?’, but writing on Twitter it expressed thanks for the support it had received but explained that it was “asked to remove the clip”. It’s unclear who requested the removal and why, but it’s probably safe to assume that someone felt Yamaoka was giving too much away.
Statement: We thank you for your support which contributed to the spread of the interview that we published yesterday with Akira Yamaoka around the world. We were asked to remove the clip, and it has been removed. We apologize and stay tuned for the next interviews https://t.co/sMuGmf6NIT— Al Hub – الهَب (@TheHubKW) February 5, 2021
Now does this confirm a new Silent Hill is in development? Well, not necessarily, as Yamaoka never specifically mentioned the survival horror series to begin with. But it is an intriguing turn of events, especially given the recent upswing in rumours regarding the franchise.
The speculation is that Sony’s very own Japan Studio is working on some kind of reboot, although a spate of recent high-profile departures has cast doubt on those reports.
Presumably we’ll find out more later this year.