One of the most hotly anticipated AAA games that was originally set to head into development was the collaboration between Hideo Kojima and Hollywood director Guillermo Del Toro. The game was Silent Hills and it would have been the first game running on the Fox Engine. Konami pulled the plug on the game; but they didn't pull the plug on Kojima and Del Toro's partnership.
VG247 is reporting that IGN managed to get in word with Del Toro about his working relationship with the popular video game director, and according to Del Toro, there's still something brewing between him and Kojima, even if it isn't Silent Hills...
We were in the planning stages, and it’s a shame it’s not going to happen [...]
So they want to work on something that really pushes the boundaries once again like the original Metal Gear Solid? Sounds... solid.
Things originally were looking up when the P.T. first came onto the scene and it showcased how realistic the Fox Engine could render real-world locations, giving gamers a taste of real next-gen horsepower. The demo concluded with a cinematic wide shot of the main protagonist, who turned out to be none other than Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead series. He appeared to be standing in the middle of a street where the title revealed that it was Silent Hills.
The demo and presentation received a lot of praise from the gaming community, but tension between Kojima and Konami sent things spiraling out of control. Silent Hills was promptly cancelled by Konami and the company then moved to remove Kojima Productions from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's branding.
What's more is that one of the side missions in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes actually included a segment where players had to erase Kojima Production titles from out of the environment by shining a flashlight on the logos. Some gamers saw that as Kojima poking fun at the deteriorating relationship between him and Konami, while others saw it as a coincidental inclusion for something that would eventually come to pass.
For now, gamers can look forward to playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain come September 1. The game is set to arrive for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4. It's supposedly going to be Kojima's swan song before he parts ways from Konami for good.
There are some people who still feel this whole thing is just an elaborate hoax, while others feel as if this is really Kojima and Konami prepping to say goodbye for good.
Kojima has been known to be a prankster so we'll see what happens when September gets here. At least Del Toro and the Metal Gear maker are still working on their project... and hopefully it'll still include Norman Reedus in some capacity.