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Hideo Kojima Reportedly Offered Shot At Next Silent Hill Game

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Hideo Kojima: A man who has long established himself to detractors as someone whose attitude toward games is something along the lines of "for f*ck's sake, I just want to make f*cking movies." Yet the Invisible Hand is a cruel mistress; thus, our fair Hideo finds himself plopped down in Konami HQ time and time again - trying with utmost stoicism not to put a gun in his mouth every time someone talks about gameplay mechanics - forever resigned to this most dismal of fates.

Yet there are those unapologetically in the Kojima camp, including yours truly. Said folk might be interested to learn that, as reported by Eurogamer, the President of Konami expressed his desire in bring the MGS creator on board the S.S. Survival Horror. In Kojima's words, said president "rung me up and said he'd like me to make the next Silent Hill."

At present, Kojima has yet to commit to a potential project, over concerns that he might not be ideal for the position. From Eurogamer:

Honestly, I'm kind of a scaredy-cat when it comes to horror movies, so I'm not confident I can do it. At the same time, there's a certain type of horror that only people who are scared of can create, so maybe it's something I can do [...] That said, I think Silent Hill has a certain atmosphere. I think it has to continue, and I'd love to help it continue, and if I can help by supervising or lending the technology of the Fox Engine, then I'd love to participate in that respect.

Having long declared the series "dead to me," I would be remiss in failing to note that the news is, while not finding yours truly rapt with infectious glee (never mind the prospect still being up in the air), vaguely welcome. While it's arguably bad form to play the "Japan" card, one finds it more than a tinge annoying that Konami has adopted a policy of turning over the Silent Hill franchise to any company that asks politely. Moreover, while I'm enjoying Downpour more than expected - set amidst a backdrop of dismally-low expectations, allowing the sh*t-awful enemy designs and "waterslide" mechanic to be eclipsed by some genuinely interesting sequences that remind me of every bad drug experience i've ever had - yous truly has stopped just short of screaming "kill whitey" every time a new Silent Hill title is announced.

So what do think, gamers? Does the thought of Captain Sexy Kojima dipping his toes into the SH pond excite, inspire dread, or simply leave one prostrate before the altar of indifference? Would such a project finally give us the Silent Hill movie (with that annoying "gameplay" nonsense half-heartedly thrown in) we've all been waiting for? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Silent Hill was Takayoshi Sato. Period. The moment Konami took it away from him, the series started the embarrassing nosedive that continues to this day. I mean, last I heard they were announcing a f'ing Silent Hill-themed Diablo clone, for Dog's sake. What the hell is that all about?

And giving it to the guy who wishes he had come up with The Matrix certainly won't help anyone.

fillerbunny9 said:

so... instead of playing crappy new Silent Hills, people will be wading through hours of cinemas complete with bad dialogue and batshit insanity? six to one, half a dozen to another....

Gamescook said:

As kinda sorta professional as he is compared to Konami's executives at this point, I'm still hesitant about this. If he helmed a new Silent Hill he might just put ninety solid minutes of in-jokes in it while simultaneously demanding serious treatment of his story.

Keith said:

Calling this guy "Captain Sexy?" No. Gross.

As for the idea of him heading up a new Silent Hill game, I can't say I care either way. The Silent Hill series has been flailing since "The Room." So if this guy turns it into a slightly interactive movie that makes utterly no sense at all, like his previous games, then it's not like the series will be much worse off than it is now.

Cody Shiranai said:

My problem with this is that it feels like anytime Hideo Kojima looks like he might finally have time to work on one of this OWN games or sequel to a game he's been publicly wanting to do (such as Snatcher or Zone of the Enders 3), Konami forces him to do some other game they screwed up in an attempt to fix their mess.

And Metal Gear Solid 5?! I just want Snatcher 2 (I'll even take it as a iOS/Android game) and Zone of the Enders 3.

Rahzen said:

I used to like Silent Hill, but I've been burned by it too much. Looks like Sonic the Hedgehog has a new pal in the "I used to be a good franchise, but I now have more lackluster titles under my belt than good ones club".

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