Watching Sony’s #E32016 press event was pretty amazing, but when Kojima stepped out on stage, looking like the rockstar that stood for all things video game, I thought, for sure Silent Hills was being resurrected.
Of course, it wasn’t. I would have already bashed out an article that screamed in all caps SILENT HILLS IS BACK! But although I still can’t seem to move past my grief that the project has been forever lost, it looks like we are getting an impressive and equally dark game with Death Stranding.
Not much is known about Death Stranding other than what can be seen in the trailer. Norman Reedus has returned to work with Kojima once more after his involvement in P.T. which was revealed as Silent Hills way back when. And although we may not be walking through the same corridor over and over and watching the world change with each small detail we miss or notice, the black sand on the beach, Reedus holding his dead infant child, a countless amount of dead whales and fish everywhere, and futuristic looking handcuffs strapped to our leading man confirms, at the very least, that we are in for a wild and frightening ride.
“So I gathered my thoughts and considered the situation, and I decided that I would work on an edgy project.” Kojima stated in an interview with Gamespot. He went on to say: “There are many things that I want to do, but I didn’t have to think too much about which one I wanted to work on; it kind of came naturally, what I’m working on now.”
Well, if he’s looking to make something edgy, he is right on the mark if this is just a short teaser of what’s to come. Especially since we already got a sneak peak at Kojima’s ability to deliver something that is both scary and infinitely intriguing with his work on Silent Hills.
So we must say good-bye, forever, to Silent Hills, but at the same time welcome Death Stranding in with open arms…and lights off, and closed eyes, and our favorite stuffed animals guarding us as we play his new creation.
Death Stranding is still in development at this time and does not have a release date.