When asked if he was working on any Silent Hill-related projects, del Toro answered “no, not at all” in a recent interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast. At The Game Awards, del Toro praised Silent Hill’s visual style and expressed his desire for a new instalment in the horror genre.
Despite popular conjecture following Guillermo del Toro’s recent hint at The Game Awards, the Oscar-winning filmmaker is not working on a new Silent Hill movie.
“It’s simply one of those things in my life that makes no sense,” del Toro remarked of the aborted Silent Hills, a project in which del Toro collaborated with Hideo Kojima while the Metal Gear inventor was still employed by Konami. “Because I don’t understand, all I wanted to do was tickle Konami’s ribs. That was ideal, and what we were going to accomplish was fascinating.”
“I do not think I would develop a game again because I’m the albatross of video gaming,” del Toro said.
While del Toro goes on to say that gaming “as a storytelling exercise” fascinates him, he doesn’t think he will ever work on a video game again. Prior to Silent Hills, del Toro collaborated with Saints Row developer Volition on another survival horror game, Insane. That project was canceled in 2012.
Silent Hills, which was announced with the mysterious P.T. (playable teaser) back in 2014, became an instant sensation. Despite the teaser’s success, the game it was teasing would never see the light of day. The teaser itself would also become unplayable, with Konami pulling the free download from the PlayStation Store in 2015. The teaser is also not playable on PlayStation 5.
Rumors have swirled for years about a new Silent Hill game, but thus far there have been no official announcements. A recent Video Game Chronicles report stated that Konami was working on multiple new Silent Hill games in addition to a remake of Metal Gear Solid 3 and new Castlevania titles. A new survival horror game from Silent Hill creator Keiichirō Toyama, Slitterhead, was revealed at The Game Awards.