P.T. might have only been a glimpse into what could have been achieved with Hideo Kojima’s Silent Hills, but it’s still one of the best horror games ever created. If you’re lucky enough to have a PS4 with the teaser still installed, it’s worth jumping back into the experience.

What is P.T.?

If you enjoy first-person horror experiences, P.T. is exactly what you need. Unlike the third-person perspective in past Silent Hill games, P.T. plants you face-first against the horrors of a haunted suburban house. With no way to fight and defend yourself, you’ll become swept up by the helplessness of the experience as you try to find your way out.

As the unknown protagonist, your job is to explore the house, navigating a linear path as you work through the story and puzzles. Areas to explore include an L-shaped hallway with two other rooms: a bathroom, and a staircase which pushes you into the interesting part of the game: It’s a loop.

Each time a loop is successfully completed, changes will start to occur. In addition to the loop shifts and puzzles, you’ll encounter a hostile ghost named Lisa. If caught, you’ll be sent back to the beginning of the current loop.

After making your way through the series of loops, the game is revealed to be a “playable teaser” for Silent Hills. And the unknown protagonist? None other than Norman Reedus (Death Stranding, The Walking Dead). When P.T. first hit the PlayStation 4 in 2014, it was one of the most talked about games of the year.

The cancelled title is still one of the biggest “what could have been” conversations as people (like me) continue to lament over the loss of a game that would have thrived under Kojima’s direction.

 

Silent Hills… IRL

While not officially confirmed, an interesting rumor stated that Silent Hills would have also been able to interact with players outside of the game.

“I heard that Silent Hills would require you to sign a waiver before playing because it would somehow interact with your real-world self,” writer and producer Alanah Pearce stated on Twitter. She revealed that the game would send you “emails or text messages as characters from the game even when you weren’t actively playing.”

Even taking the rumor with a grain of salt doesn’t extinguish how incredible these features could have been. Fast forward to 2021 where the metaverse is on the tip of everyone’s tongues, Silent Hills could have revolutionized how horror games could be integrated into our everyday lives.

But the main question remains: Is Silent Hills still coming? Kojima hasn’t forgotten about the title. More rumors were fueled by a sly Silent Hills reference found in Death Stranding Director’s Cut, with people wondering if the reference was a tease of things yet to be announced. Numerous reports as recent as three weeks ago all wonder if Konami and Kojima may have mended their relationship.

We know that the Silent Hill series is far from over. Other reports suggest that multiple Silent Hill titles are in the works. Gematsu also claims that Kojima Productions is developing a new game with funding backed by Sony. However, none of these claims have been officially confirmed.

In addition, Kojima Productions is rumored to be working on a game with Xbox, and could also be preparing development for Death Stranding 2. However, some fans have wondered if Death Stranding 2 could be a possible smokescreen.

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Regardless, we know that Kojima wants to dive into horror. In 2019, he emphasized that he was watching “scary movies in order to awaken my horror soul.” Thai horror movie The Eye is one that he rented while developing P.T., but couldn’t finish. He revealed that even the cover of the movie scared him so much that he had to rent just the disc.

“Horror, when it comes to movies… You can kind of close your eyes watching a really fearful thing. Games are different than movies,” Kojima stated. “If you close your eyes in a movie you can make it go away and the movie continues, but in games, it’s interactive. You have to move forward yourself.”

Until more news emerges, I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. Even if Kojima’s leap into horror isn’t Silent Hills, whatever he creates will surely become a staple in video game horror.