OPINION: Metal Gear Solid Creator Should Make Next Silent Hill

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

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Silent HillThe Silent Hill series has fallen into a bit of a rut. None of the games are that bad, they’ve just lost what we all considered to be the “heart” of the series—a variable that means different things for each person. Is Silent Hill defined by the atmosphere? The scares? The story and lore? A lack of combat? Everyone has different answers, resulting in mixed opinions of more recent entries in the series. For example, while I might love Shattered Memories, another fan might despise it and think Homecoming is the best.

The cause of this rift in the fanbase was Team Silent’s disbandment in 2004. Up until that point, Silent Hill 1 to Silent Hill 4: The Room had been created by that same group of people. Out of those four games, do fans have their favorites and least favorites? Yes, but it is rare for any of them to tell you they outright hate one of them. This is because while the series was under Team Silent, there was one consistent, unified vision. Ever since then, multiple groups of developers have all had their hand at Silent Hill, bringing with them their own views and ideas on what Silent Hill is and should be, leaving fans unsure what they will find in every new release. More than anything, the series desperately needs someone with a clear vision to direct Silent Hill and get it back on track.

Konami might have just the man for the job.

Speaking to Eurogamer, Hideo Kojima, the famed creator of Metal Gear Solid revealed that, “…the president of Konami rung me up and said he’d like me to make the next Silent Hill.”

Silent Hill

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He expressed concern in his ability to pull it off properly, saying, “Honestly, I’m kind of a scaredy-cat when it comes to horror movies, so I’m not confident I can do it. At the same time, there’s a certain type of horror that only people who are scared of can create, so maybe it’s something I can do.”

On a more positive note, he added, “That said, I think Silent Hill has a certain atmosphere. I think it has to continue, and I’d love to help it continue, and if I can help by supervising or lending the technology of the Fox Engine, then I’d love to participate in that respect.”

I believe Kojima is the kind of person Silent Hill needs. For one, he has proven with Metal Gear Solid that his ideas and execution are almost second to none in the gaming industry. He knows what he wants to make and he does it. Second, he acknowledges Silent Hill’s pedigree and is afraid of messing it up. That means that whatever hand he has in the series, he will be diligent and respectful of the source material, making sure everything is handled with the utmost care.

Finally, and in my opinion most importantly: he is afraid of horror movies. The human mind is the single most messed up place in existence. Your imagination can cook up images ten times more gruesome and frightening than a movie or game would ever be allowed to show. This holds especially true for those of us who scare easily. They have a deep understanding of what it means to be afraid and can express it and infect a level of fear in others that a horror buff like me likely could never match. Kojima’s game design genius plus his natural fear of scary things could create a brand of horror that none of us have ever seen before.

What do you think, Silent Hill fans? Is Hideo Kojima a good fit? Anyone else you would rather see in charge? Or have you given up on the series altogether and just want it to be put to rest once and for all?

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  • someone as nutty as kojima would make a unique silent hill. Personal I’d like to see suda 51 make one. That would a wicked silent hill.

    • Tyler Wise

      I would like that, too! Suda51 is my favorite game developer. 😀 Somehow though, I don’t think he would work well with Konami. They would probably want a higher level of control over the project and that might limit what he is allowed to do. But who knows! I would definitely like to see a survival horror game from him, he gets close in a lot of games (Killer7, Shadows of the Damned) but never quite makes one purely based on horror. 

  • Or… instead of dragging Silent  HIll through the mud any further, game companies could just learn when to kill off a series and move onto something new and (god help me for saying this because I know it’s blasphemy in this industry) maybe something CREATIVE.

    • like that would happen. The evil publishers are too afraid that we wont buy any new I.P so they continue to rehash every brand they can because even if a game is terrible we will still buy it like the sheep we are.

    • Daniel Pasindo

      The bad thing is they are right, just see the number of sells from Activision, EA or R* crap and true great games suffering

    • The games industry is in a sad state now. High reviews can only push a game so far if it isn’t of a popular series. 

      One of the things I’ve learned is that there are actually three types of gamers: The casual gamer who will play angry birds and farmville etc. the mainstream gamer, who will buy only the big blockbuster titles and nothing else even if it gets good scores. And the core gamer who will buy almost any game if it gets good reviews. Contrary to popular opinion the mainstream gamers, not the casual gamers are the ones messing up the industry. The uninformed mass who buy nothing but the big titles and leave any niche genre to the wayside. Maybe we need another crash or something to reboot the industry.

    • Tyler Wise

      I’ve long thought that another crash would really help, as horrible as that sounds. Maybe they can sort it out without it, but a crash would definitely MAKE them work out the problems. 

    • Tyler Wise

      I think it would be unfortunate to give up on Silent Hill already. There’s so much more that can be done with the series with current technology, it’s just no one is stepping up to do it right. :/

    •  I disagree.. silent hill is ONE TOWN, it’s one location that they have rehashed time and time again, frankly I’m surprised they’ve done as much with it as they have. Don’t get me wrong, There are other series that need to die more (even some of my favorites like… dare I say.. Final Fantasy?) But siltent hill needs to die before they really DO ruin it for good. Better to go out as a fond memory than die as something everyone on earth hates x.x

  • Well I have no doubt Mr. Kojima would create a deep storyline for another Silent Hill, my only concern would be how deep would it get and how would he treat the combat system?

    Plus I’m a stickler for the methods of the first 4 Silent Hill games, they were pretty good games and were gritty and scary, Kojima has never made a horror game before but considering his track record in the industry the franchise would be in good hands.

    • Tyler Wise

      I think he could make a pretty neat combat system. You already do a lot of creeping around in Metal Gear Solid, picture that but slower. Throw in weapons scattered around the world with varying strengths and weaknesses and it could be very cool. I can imagine him doing some creative things with camera angles as well. He was very good about knowing when to give and take control from the player in MGS games.

  • I’ve always said that SH should stay in japan, it has a certain kind of horror and feeling that only japan has, and as far as I know, some of the ex members of Team Silent are working with Kojima or something, so yeah I would totally liked to see SH in the hands of Kojima

  • Daniel Pasindo

    Please no. Maybe his team (there are some team Silent members) but not him