People will believe what they want to believe. At least, that’s what the recent uprising of rumours about Microsoft acquiring the Silent Hills IP from Konami would indicate. The rumours surfaced last week, saying that the two companies were in talks about the purchase of the property. Sadly, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer quashed the rumour on Twitter.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) May 30, 2015
“Sorry, this isn’t true. Not sure where the rumor started but I don’t want to mislead anyone,” he said.
The internet is desperately clinging to any sliver of hope they can find that Silent Hills isn’t dead, but maybe this rumour being false isn’t such a bad thing. While the rumour was circulating, a lot of people were also getting up in arms about the idea of Silent Hills becoming an Xbox One exclusive.
The rumour was never that solid to begin with, anyway. The rumour was anonymous and claimed the game was 80% complete, which would have made Konami’s decision to toss it out pretty stupid. The rumour also said Microsoft was paying “billions” of dollars for the IP. Were we seriously supposed to believe that Microsoft was going to pay more for Silent Hills than Amazon did for Twitch?
Silent Hills was cancelled much to the dismay of millions of fans earlier this year. It was to be created by film maker Guillermo Del Toro in collaboration with Hideo Kojima. A playable teaser (PT) was released last year to widespread acclaim, bringing the hype for the full game up to a fever pitch. After the game was cancelled, PT was removed from the Playstation store and Konami said its future was in mobile-first gaming, presumably as in micro-transaction ridden, free-to-play time wasters that eventually get ported into cheap and shoddy PC games.
But it’s not all bad news. Konami are insisting they haven’t abandoned their popular franchises, such as Silent Hills or Metal Gear, and will get around to new titles for those in the future.