In April of 2015, Konami controversially canceled the hotly anticipated title Silent Hills, a continuation of the horror franchise which was revealed through a teaser of the game title PT (standing for Playable Teaser). The game was a collaborative effort between the critically acclaimed director of the Metal Gear franchise Hideo Kojima, award-winning film director Guillermo Del Toro, and the actor most famously known for his role as Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead Norman Reedus. It was also later revealed that horror manga artist and writer Junji Ito would have been involved with the project.
Since its cancellation, Konami also removed PT from the PlayStation 4 store. This has led to several attempts to preserve the project, most recently being the remake of PT by 17-year old developer Qimsar. His Game Jolt page reads “As the title of the game suggests, this is a full port/remake (whatever you want to call it) of PT for PC. Through a little over a month of work, I was able to almost completely accurately bring over everything about the original game over to the Unreal Engine”.
Unfortunately, a Konami employee apologetically contacted and informed Qimsar (revealed through a Game Jolt post) that his remake was being shut down, despite employees at Konami appreciating and liking the remake. The reasons sighted were “legal issues that were out of his or anybody else’s control”.
However the remake still produced positive results as Qimsar states in his post “because of my remake, Konami had a strong resurgence of a desire to make legitimate games again”. This is outstanding news for any fans of Konami’s franchises that have been disheartened by the company shifting their focus towards mobile games and pachinko machines over recent years, as opposed to the more fully fledged video game experiences that they had been known for in the past.
Qimsar also revealed that he had been offered an internship at Konami with the US, UK, and Japan branches of the company for his work on the remake.
While PC players hoping to play PT might be disappointed, this is a small positive turn around for a company that a lot of fans have had bitter feelings towards during the past few years. Let’s just hope that this is the start of an upward climb for Konami in the coming future.
You can read Qimsar’s full post here.