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Silent Hill will return on the PlayStation 5, according to an industry insider, who says Konami and Sony will reveal the new game during The Game Awards 2020.
A bold claim, if I do say so. Speculation surrounding a new Silent Hill has swirled like the mists of the titular town, with reports of a "soft reboot" of the very first game descending early at the start of this year. It apparently welcomed director and writer Keiichiro Toyama, composer Akira Yaomoka and art director Masahiro Ito back to the project, and Ito admitted he had his fingers crossed that this game wouldn't be cancelled. Many took this to be a reference to Silent Hills, which was subject to bitter disagreements between director Hideo Kojima and Konami, and eventually relegated to the annals of history.
The publisher dismissed rumours of this "soft reboot," but added that it is not "closing the door" on Silent Hill for good. Then, leaker AestheticGamer, who was bang on with their info about Resident Evil Village, said with "100%" certainty that Silent Hill would be coming back, and assured that a reveal would happen during Sony's State of Play in August or Tokyo Game Show in September. However, those events flew by with no mention of the beloved survival horror series.
Moreover, a very new official Silent Hill account was revealed on Twitter, after the announcement of the Dead By Daylight crossover DLC. It seems strange to create a whole new account for the purpose of this collaboration, only in July of this year, if you've got nothing to declare. Why not use the existing official Konami account, which has 4,500 times the followers of the new Silent Hill account? We've said it once, and we'll say it again: there's no smoke without fire, and our eyes are streaming and our throats are scratchy at this point.
The latest person to stoke the flames is analyst Roberto Serrano, who claims that the new Silent Hill will be presented at The Game Awards 2020. It's the last big do of the year, and plenty of games have premiered during the event in the past. Among numerous others, we got our first look at Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 in 2019, Hades in 2018, and Bayonetta 3 in 2017. In addition, reveals during The Game Awards tend to be a trailer. It might be possible that Konami intended to show off a demo of its new Silent Hill game at Tokyo Game Show, and when it wasn't ready (owing to the upheaval of working practices due to the pandemic), it pulled the planned appearance.
Of course, I'm spitballing here. Even though there are more rumours than you could shake a stick of sage at, Konami's official stance is that there is no new Silent Hill game on the horizon. In the meantime, psychological horror Visage released for PC recently, and the influences from P.T. are palpable. While we wait for The Game Awards 2020, this indie game could step into the empty shoes that Silent Hill has left for fans.