Cancelling Silent Hills is the Single Worst Decision of This Console Generation

If Konami's goal with Silent Hills was to scare gamers and keep us up at night, then mission accomplished.

And let me tell you, that's saying something.

This console generation has so far been defined by an incredibly overwhelming sense of "meh" that has led many gamers to feel like their big, fancy new consoles have been nothing more than high-tech paper weights. For this console generation to feel exciting, we really need an ambitious and impressive title from a beloved studio, with a beloved del Toro, and a beloved Norman Reedus. But that's officially not going happen.

With Silent Hills canceled, it's hard to deny that many gamers' faith in this console generation has been rocked to the core. The PS4-owning community feels robbed. Again.

Let's face facts: it's hard to keep the faith.

This Console Generation Is Barely Walking at 18 Months Old

http://www.smcherryhill.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Residential-Baby-Walking.jpgThe average human baby starts walking between 9 and 18 months old, and babies don't need millions of dollars to make that happen.

The PS4 and Xbox One have been both primarily fuelled on a handful of decent titles each since release in late 2013. While some sales have been impressive, and the level of hype has been nothing short of extreme.. an exceptional number of new games have fallen flat or remain undelivered. Console gamers are reasonably disappointed that a year and half has only yielded a scant handful of decent games. So far, though, most flagship titles have been middling at best.

Remember when Titanfall was going to be the CoD killer?

Remember when we realized that Killzone: Shadowfall was really just a tech demo for the PS4? Same with Ryze for Xbox One?

How about Knack, Sunset Overdrive, or The Crew?

Drive Club is a mess, The Order 1886 was entirely disappointing, Assassin's Creed Unity was a crapshoot even if you got past the technical issues, and No Man's Sky might be ok if it ever even comes out. 

So far, the only real successes on consoles have been HD re-releases, Bloodborne - if you're a masochist, a handful games in long-established franchises, and the merry band of non-current-gen-console-exclusives like GTA 5 and Last of Us. Granted, Nintendo is still impressing fans with Wii U releases, but those have also been few and far between (and Amiibos only go so far).

While PC gamers were fawning over Five Nights at Freddy's, P.T. was taking the PS4 by storm. Now, it's gone.

Meanwhile, after all these disappointments, PC games have been thriving. Well, as long as you aren't planning on installing mods anytime soon.

While Evil Within reviewed well, the game ultimately left many survival-horror fans unfulfilled and salivating for more. After nearly a year and a half of disappointing PS4 exclusives, P.T. and the subsequent Silent Hills was everything a PS4 owner could ask for. It's an well-loved franchise with legions of fans, big names attached, and an impressive demo that was well-received across the board. 

The P.T. demo gave console owners had a glimmer of tangible hope, if only for a second. 

If Konami abandons one of their largest franchises, what's the next franchise we'll say goodbye to?

Konami is a big company; video games are just a part of their larger corporate landscape. If Konami decides Silent Hills is a bust, who is to say that Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes might not be the last MGS game? Will Silent Hill return to form at all? If so, when and in what capacity? P.T. was a rare success; like a meat thermometer to steak, P.T. took the temperature of PS4 owners and showed that *ding* they are ready for Silent Hills.

If even in such an ideal, rabid-fan environment, the game was still canceled.

That's worrying, especially in a landscape where there have already been talks that Microsoft might abandon the Xbox and even Nintendo continues to struggle despite relentless innovation.

Konami axing Silent Hills is a big deal and is shaking console gamers to the core.

As long as a heartfelt love-letter like P.T. can be ripped away so easily, console gamers will be up at night, staring at the ceiling and questioning the future of every beloved franchise they cling to.


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Games Silent Hills Genres Adventure Platforms Playstation 4 Tags kojimakonami
Published Apr. 27th 2015
  • Si_W
    Slight exaggeration to call it the worst decision of the next gen console generation.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    Contributor
    If you can think of a worse 'worst' I'd love to see a response article ;)
  • Dustin Frisch
    Correspondent
    Eh..
  • Game Oracle
    Columnist
    Kojima was in many ways the heart and soul of the Silent Hill games. Too bad, but maybe he'll come up with something truly groundbreaking and innovative.
    He's a genius of the industry and he could have something big planned.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    But would the game be any good without Kojima at the helm? I think canceling it was a good choice as Kojima wasn't going to work on it.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    Contributor
    There have been some bad SH games lately, but the franchise did initially gain its fame without Kojima. He's good, but there are a lot of talented people in this industry.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    Very true. But I don't think any at Konami could make the game Silent Hills should be. That series needs a completly new way of approaching itself, and Kojima would have given it that.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    I wouldn't say it is the most dire circumstances though. Batman: Arkham Knight, Just Cause 3, Black Ops III, and Halo 5: Guardians are all on the horizon, to name a few.

    Also, what was "wrong" with Sunset Overdrive? I seem to remember it doing amazingly well.

    That's not to say I disagree over Silent Hills cancellation being a complete farce. After the terrible Silent Hill: Downpour, the current best modern Silent Hill game is exclusive to the PSP, PS Vita, Wii, Wii-U, and PS2. That should not be the case. Since I doubt we'll be seeing Climax Studios port Silent Hill: Shattered Memories to next-gen, I hope someone else with a similar great vision can bring us a good PS4/XB1/Wii-U Silent Hill game for the ages.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    Blacks Ops 3 to look forward to? They are much better games coming... you named 3 of them.
  • GameSkinny Staff
    Contributor
    Yes, very true, there are promising games from beloved franchises on the horizon. But Silent Hills was a promising game from a beloved franchise on the horizon, too. There lies the concern; a 'sure thing' is no longer a sure thing.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Because a four player hybrid of Syndicate, Deus Ex, Titanfall, COD: AW, and Crysis 3 isn't good enough for ye? :P
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    I can't think of a time recently where a 'sure thing' was genuinely -for sure-. Aliens: Colonial Marines was a 'sure thing' until it launched. Watch_Dogs was a 'sure thing' too. Even further back, things like Resident Evil 5, Call of Duty: MW2, and more were 'sure things' that either disappointed fans or had definite problems.

    Really, all I can do now is go with your gut, and learn to read between the lines so I don't get burned as easily. Still disappointed at times (glares at GOW: Ascension), but otherwise I can't really complain.
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    Yes... those things are not. Also Deus Ex? So a branching narrative? Last time that was said was Ghosts... when it comes to CoD I am just really pessimistic... always expecting the worst, but am always surprised by it actually being a bit fun (CoD:AW) or my pessimism is justified (CoD:Ghosts, MW2, Black Ops 2)
  • Farrel Nobel
    Correspondent
    SO TRUE! PS4 been out for more than a year but the catalogue looks more like: 40% decent titles, 50% remastered games and 10% actually GOOD games. Not a big fan of horror games but cancelling Silent Hills is defo a big mistake by Konami
  • GameSkinny Staff
    Contributor
    Very much agreed. The PS4 catalogue really needs some love and care.

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