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Kojima, del Toro, and Reedus Oh My! Big Names Coming Together For Next Silent Hill

Nothing Hideo Kojima ever does is by the book and half the time it doesn’t even make sense at first. His unique way of revealing the next game in the Silent Hill series, a collaboration with Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro and starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, was no exception. Silent Hills willl be the first game in the series since the 2012 Vita compilation Silent Hill: Book of Memories and was revealed yesterday to anyone willing to complete an hour-long PlayStation downloadable demo code named PT.

Kojima gave his reasoning behind the peculiar method of revealing the game to the world on Twitter. By using an unknown entity such as the fake PT name instead of just calling the game a Silent Hill Demo, Kojima was able to give the teaser a unique feel and level of horror that probably would not have existed if fans went in knowing that it was the next Silent Hill. The whole thing was executed brilliantly.

The demo itself played similar to the indie hit Gone Home, in that it was entirely walking and exploring, and it was not until the credits that Silent Hill fans began to realize what was up. Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro and finally Norman Reedus were all revealed to be in on the project before Silent Hills appeared on screen with the iconic series music playing in the background.

If the short cutscene reveal at the end of the demo is any indication, Reedus’ likeness will be used for the main character, with the The Walking Dead actor looking very much like the crossbow-wielding Daryl Dixon in the brief moment it showed his face.

Guillermo del Toro’s role in the project has not been confirmed yet, but considering his great work in atmospheric and animation-heavy films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim, you can bet Silent Hills will have great cutscenes and cinematic in-game moments. Whatever his role may be, this brings my life long dream of seeing a Shiba Inu piloting a Jaeger one small step closer to reality.

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