Rumor: Silent Hills NOT Dead, Will Be Xbox One Exclusive

Silent Hills is dead. Except maybe it's not. Much like its series protagonists, the latest entry seems to be going through a trial of life and death.

Silent Hills is cancelled. Konami has fumbled the chance for Guillemo Del Toro and Hideo Kojima to co-create a brand new vision of Silent Hill. Right? Apparently, that might not be the case. According to a trusted anonymous source that reached out to RoosterTeeth's news team, not only is the game not dead, but Microsoft is in talks to acquire the entire Silent Hill IP as a Microsoft exclusive.

You can see their original report in the video above (warning: there's some swearing), and there's a number of interesting tidbits also revealed. For one thing, Silent Hills is apparently nearly 80% done at this time of writing, according to the source. Norman Reedus also stated back in 2014 that the "heavy motion capture" hadn't been shot yet, so it's likely that 80% is an alpha or pre-alpha version of the game.

In theory, if Microsoft does get the band back together, then the game could come out in roughly six to eight months, depending on the size and capability of the new developers. They would also have a normally pro-Sony series exclusive to Xbox One. That could be a huge turn around, as Silent Hill HD Collection and Silent Hill: Downpour were given far less attention on Xbox 360.

How much does that improved quality and exclusive status matter to Microsoft? According to the source, they are willing to spend billions in order to have the rights to Silent Hill. This is on top of Konami reportedly focusing on mobile development from here on out, so the likelihood of them selling off IP that isn't mobile friendly is high.

Konami also apparently pulled the PT demo as a sign of good faith to Microsoft. This also plays directly into Microsoft aggressively pursuing new sequels and new IP exclusives for its latest console. The cards all line up right, but we won't know for certain until E3, where Microsoft reportedly wants to show off the new acquisition in a big way.

Until then, how do you feel about Microsoft buying the Silent Hill IP? Would you jump ship from PlayStation to Xbox for the classic horror franchise? What do you think they'd do with the IP, moving forward? Let us know in the comments below!

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Published May. 29th 2015
  • UFB
    Great! So now are people done blaming FNaF4 for it for some reason?
  • Victor Ren
    Real smart move by Microsoft. If they could get this series, they will add a huge hit to their array of exclusives.
  • OrganisedDinosaur
    This is why I own all systems. Was very disappointed when the game was cancelled. Very much hope this is true. Don't care what it is released on, just want to play it!
  • Anne-Marie Coyle
    I was mega excited for Silent Hills, but if it's an Xbox One exclusive it's still as good as dead to me.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Well, I'm glad to see everyone's staying so positive about this whole ordeal...
  • Guest_1062
    Lmfao!!!! God No!!! I'm not buying an XBOX ONE for one game!
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    That really isn't what they're going for. They're making a bid for the ENTIRE SERIES. So MS could, for instance, re-release Silent Hill 2 in HD with all the right bells and whistles, if they wanted. They could have another remake like Shattered Memories. They could bring back Kojima and have him and Del Toro lead the charge for a new series.

    And that's on top of their growing list of exclusives. While I was right there with the dissenters when the Xbox One was first revealed, the final console is turning basically into this generation's PlayStation 3. Lots of great exclusives and ideas, bug lagging behind the popular console in sales.

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