Voices in the Static #28 – Silent Hills is Officially Cancelled

Posted By: Whitney   May 6th, 2015 | 8:38 pm

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In this twenty-eighth episode I will be discussing last week’s heartbreaking news that Silent Hills is cancelled with fellow Silent Hill fans.

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P.T. Wiped From PSN and Can’t Even Be Re-Downloaded

Posted By: Whitney   May 6th, 2015 | 12:22 pm

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Well like Silent Hills, P.T. is officially gone. (on the US PSN atm)

Last week, a day after P.T.’s de-listing, Eurogamer tested to see if P.T. could be recovered if deleted from a PS4 and found to fan’s relief that, yes, P.T. remained in your downloads for re-download if you had the demo on your PS4.

Well this isn’t the case anymore.

Last night news broke that P.T. has been eradicated from PSN servers.

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Konami is doing their best to make any and all references to Silent Hills obsolete and it will officially become a game I used to know.

(source Kotaku)



It’s official Silent Hills isn’t happening

Posted By: Whitney   April 27th, 2015 | 10:09 am

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Early this morning Konami gave an official statement to Kotaku regarding Silent Hills fate:

Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, 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.

Sad news to be sure, but hey at least now it’s officially canned.

Now we know…

Such a shame, the P.T. demo stirred up excitement from fans and the general public alike and showed a promising new direction for the series. I guess at this point all we can do now is wait and see what Konami has in store though, if I’m honest, despite Konami’s assurances, the fate of the series continuing seems rather grim to me.

Oh well. The hype was nice while it lasted eh?

If you haven’t already be sure to download the P.T. demo off PSN before it’s taken down April 29,2015, it is well worth the playthrough and imagine what could have been…

Source (Kotaku)



Konami Please… [Updated]

Posted By: Whitney   April 26th, 2015 | 10:35 am

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Don’t drag this out any longer.

The signs are all there: Kojima is leaving, P.T. is being pulled from PSN, and now this sad quote regarding Silent Hills from Guillermo del Toro during the San Francisco International Film Festival last night:

“It’s not gonna happen and that breaks my greasy heart.”

Will you just confirm that Silent Hills is cancelled already? :(

[Update]

Apparently the Guillermo quote that was passed around today was taken a bit out of context. The “it’s not going to happen” was in regards to collaborating with Kojima, not whether or not the game has been cancelled. As of right now Silent Hills’ status remains up in the air. This is the time to say something one way or another Konami. :(



P.T. Demo will only be available for download until April 29, 2015!

Posted By: Whitney   April 25th, 2015 | 7:03 pm

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Well this really, really, sucks.

News broke this afternoon on various FB fan pages that the P.T. Demo will be taken off the PSN marketplace April 29, 2015.

Alchemilla Hospital reports that this sort of removal is pretty common since Sony charges the companies a fee for the downloads so demos have limited distribution periods and are routinely removed from PSN.

Now if you are like me without access to a a PS4 there may still be a chance to download the demo even after the distribution period expires. When Alchemilla Hospital broke the news on their FB page Christopher John Karl Green left this comment:

Make a PSN account. Sign in at https://store.playstation.com/#!/en-ca/home/main search for PT, and add it to your download list for when you eventually get one.

It may be a long shot but if you have no way of obtaining a PS4 before the 29th it’s worth a try. It looks like I will have to bite the bullet and buy a PS4 now rather than later. :(



Donna Burke: Kojima was fired by Konami [UPDATE – Not really]

Posted By: Whitney   April 9th, 2015 | 9:40 am

UPDATE – April 11, 2015

Donna Burke has revised her original statement on her Facebook last night:

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I’m glad to hear that Kojima wasn’t fired but I’m still confused over Ms. Burke’s word choice. Though from a friend and co-worker perspective it may just seem like Kojima’s demoted role within the company is on par with being fired even if he is technically still working with the company at the present time.

Just goes to show it is important to be careful how you describe a situation, especially when there’s a lot of uncertainty and a passionate fan base.

Source (Donna Burke FB)


Original Post April 9, 2015

Well the whole Hideo Kojima/Konami fiasco just continues to get more depressing with each day.

Donna Burke voice actress for both the Silent Hill (Angela (SH2), Claudia (SH3)) and Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes revealed on her twitter that Hideo Kojima was indeed fired by Konami upper management.

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Ouch.

Videogamer.com reached out to Konami for comment and they simply said that Burke’s comments are “categorically incorrect.”

Source (Videogamer.com )



Gecco: New Silent Hill 2 Statues in the Works [THIS IS NOT AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE]

Posted By: Whitney   April 1st, 2015 | 8:14 pm

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I received an email earlier this evening from Gecco stating that they are planning on making two new statues based on characters from Silent Hill 2.

“Red Pyramid Thing with the Great Spear” is next in the line with a brand new sculpt ( I hope Headlong will work on the sculpt) and Masahiro Ito will draw the package art once again!

We’d like to inform you that we are working on “Red Pyramid Thing with the Great Spear” as the next character of our SH lineup. There is no images available now, though. It’s going to be 1/6 scale, but totally new sculpt.

Masahiro will specially draw the package art for RPT with the Great Spear again.

Gecco unfortunately didn’t give any more details about the second statue they are planning, just that it’s “one more character from Silent Hill 2, in the same scale.”

Here’s hoping this other statue will be in the human variety! I think a Maria statue would be pretty awesome :) Or maybe one of Angela holding the knife?

It will be a few months before we see a glimpse of anything as they are still working on the statue protoypes. Gecco wasn’t actually planning to announce any this so early but given that their plans leaked on twitter yesterday the company figured they might as well officially announce it!

I know I’m excited to see what they have in store though I have to admit, I was really hoping we would see something from the original Silent Hill or Silent Hill 4 in their line before more from Silent Hill 2. A Silent Hill 4 Twin Victim statue would be seriously awesome to have and given that the original is my favorite entry in the series anything from that game would send me over the moon!

Source (Gecco)



Voices in the Static #27 – Hideo Kojima is leaving Konami?!

Posted By: Whitney   March 22nd, 2015 | 9:01 pm

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In this twenty-seventh episode I will be discussing this week’s shocking announcement that video game designer and former Vice President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Hideo Kojima is leaving the publisher and what this might mean for Silent Hills future.

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UPDATED – Gamespot: Kojima Expected to Leave Konami After MGS5, Inside Source Confirms

Posted By: Whitney   March 19th, 2015 | 11:26 am

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Well shit. News broke today that Kojima may be leaving Konami.

Power struggles between Kojima Productions and Konami have led the publisher to make drastic changes, including the employee status of its Metal Gear team. Some senior staff at the studio, including Kojima, now essentially work as contractors, not permanent employees.

Gamespot’s inside source reports:

“After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December.”

Konami has already begun to remove Kojima Products from all official MGSV sites, social media and even promotional artworks.

It really seems there some sort of bad blood between the publisher and the developer but a Konami representative told IGN that they are just restructuring production:

“As we have already announced, we are shifting our production structure to a headquarters-controlled system, in order to establish a steadfast operating base capable of responding to the rapid market changes that surround our digital entertainment business. Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.”

So what does this all mean for Silent Hills? I have no friggen clue, hopefully we will get some sort of announcement about it’s fate sometime soon. I really hope the game will still happen. :(

UPDATE

Peter Brown, editor at Gamespot, said on twitter:

In regards to the Kojima Productions news and Silent Hills: that game is part of a deal between Del Toro and Konami, not Kojima.

I hope this is a good sign the game will still happen!

Sources (IGN, Gamespot, Kotaku)



March 14th – 24 Hour Fundraising Twitch Stream for Rachael!

Posted By: Whitney   March 9th, 2015 | 4:48 pm

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Gareth McGilvray, a Scottish Silent Hill fan currently living in Australia reached out in regards to an ongoing fund-raiser for his younger sister Rachael. Rachael was recently diagnosed with endometrial cancer and an inoperable brain tumor which sadly only leaves her with a year to live. Rachael’s boyfriend proposed this last Christmas and the family and Rachael would like to return to Scotland for her wedding (maybe for the last time) but given the short notice they need assistance to make her dream wedding happen.

To help raise funds Gareth and some friends will be holding 24 hour live stream March 14th playing through some Resident Evil and Silent Hill titles!

24 Hour Fund Raising Twitch Stream

Saturday, 12pm, March 14th 2015 AEST

Saturday, 1am, March 14th 2015 (UK)

Friday, 5pm, March 13th 2015 PST

Tune in at https://twitch.tv/gareth_mcg83

I hope you guys can check it out and spread the word! You can check out their fundraiser page HERE



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