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!