Rumours do not get much juicier than this one, folks. Speculation of a Silent Hill franchise reboot has been doing the rounds for a couple of months now, however, things have gone up a couple of notches in the past couple of hours. According to Rely on Horror, Sony currently has both a Silent Hills revival project in the works for PlayStation 5 as well as a completely separate reboot of the series. That's two titles on their way to the next-gen console, funded by Sony while Konami continues to own the IP.
We understand how hard this is to believe, and we continue to stress that these rumours should be taken with a grain of salt, but Rely on Horror and known Capcom insider Aesthetic Gamer both have a proven track record when it comes to this sort of stuff. There could be some truth to it all.
Sony is supposedly working to patch up Konami's relationship with Hideo Kojima in order to bring Silent Hills back on PS5. Meanwhile, a separate project is resurrecting the main franchise with a reboot helmed by SIE Japan Studio. The game has been in development for about a year at the time of writing, with Keiichiro Toyama, Akira Yamaoka, and Masahiro Ito having some sort of involvement. This isn't the first time we've heard of such a game being in the works either, with the same two sources reporting on such a reboot alongside a Telltale-style spin-off game.
Allegedly, Sony has pitched the game to Kojima as a title more akin to a TellTale/Supermassive narrative-driven title, which would offer him “full creative freedom.” Our source does emphasize, however, that Silent Hills is not yet a done deal, and that for now the only game in active development is the reboot from SIE Japan Studio. While Sony is pushing for the series’ comeback, our sources do not say that they’re out to own the Silent Hill IP; Sony and Konami are working together on these titles.
It reads like fan fiction, but when the two sources have proven they have some ties to the industry and have backed their claims up in the past, we can't help but get a little bit excited about this rumour. Are Silent Hill and Silent Hills really on their way back? Only time will tell.