Kojima would like to work on Silent Hill - Is he a good fit for the series?

Metal Gear Solid creator says he'd like to direct a new entry in the series one day, but would need to prepare himself for having daily nightmares.

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What might Hideo Kojima do after he wraps up development on Metal Gear Solid V? He offered some insight into that very topic today during a Twitch Q&A session, where he revealed he would like to work on a new Silent Hill title or even a mobile game some day.

Asked what franchise he would like to direct or reboot if he had the chance, Kojima said he'd like to take a stab at the supernatural horror Silent Hill franchise. "Hopefully sometime in the future I am able to work on this," Kojima said through a translator.

The Silent Hill franchise is known for its horror elements and it sounds like if Kojima ever took the reins to the series, he would dial up the terror level even further. He said he would need to prepare himself to have daily (real-life) nightmares while developing the game.

The most recent Silent Hill game was 2012's Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game Silent Hill: Downpour. The franchise is published by Konami--which is Kojima's current employer. Konami's president previously even reached out directly to Kojima about working on a new installment in the series.

Also during the Q&A, Kojima was asked if he would some day like to make a mobile game. He said indeed he would, and is interested specifically in making a "very practical free-to-play adventure game" that is "quite deep." However, it doesn't sound like it's going to happen anytime soon.

"I have no idea when I'll be able to do this, but maybe some day in the future," he said.

Kojima ruled out puzzle and card games because he's "not too interested in those kinds of games." The veteran designer recently said that children today, especially in Japan, have become less interested in AAA games due to the rise in smartphone gaming.

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Discussion

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carloscanalesv
carloscanalesv

The last SH game that I liked was Shattered Memories for Wii. Not very frightening, but a sad, memorable SH game nonetheless

Algearond
Algearond

I was interested until I realized PC would be excluded

Onvi
Onvi

Daily nightmares can be a substantial elements.

GunEye
GunEye

smartphone gaming is bad.... its boring. Please don't invest on it. Put your mind and money where it should be - the real gaming platforms.

rattlehead_1983
rattlehead_1983

As long the story is as good as SH 1-3. 4 is still pretty good although it should be called Silent apartment.

But 6 and 7 has medicore story while book of revelation is an abomination.

Meta_Dragon
Meta_Dragon

I'd rather have the original team silent back to make another one. Kojima is a brilliant guy, but maybe not the fit for a Silent Hill game.

FourManSeven
FourManSeven

No. Have you seen his work on Lords of Shadows? It's awful, and fucks with the lore of the entire CastleVania series.  Unless of course, you don't mind pointless plot twists for the sake of having a plot twist.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

Based on the crap after Silent Hill 4, I'm positivity certain any change in direction would be beneficial. Say what you want about Kojima, but the dude has a crazy imagination, and I would honestly be sold on a new Silent Hill based on his involvement alone.

Rayzakk
Rayzakk

I'm sure he could make a fine game in the series, but it's around 5 years or more between games and full of plot holes.  Hey on second thought, he'd be a fantastic fit.

meharu
meharu

I am not quite sure if Kojima can save the SH franchise, it died after SH4. SH3 is still the best, even graphics-wise. I say bring the old SH team back.

akiwak
akiwak

I can see it now. Character wakes up in Silent Hill Kojima game, doesn't know how he got there. Start the game looking for your father, then you begin to have nightmares or flashbacks which turn out to be memories which belong to your father whom you are a clone of. Then you battle it out with other clones that did not make it thru the process well and have mutated to Justin Biebers. Along the way you found someone to help you but that person turns out to be a clone also who is also looking for Big Daddy. Now, not only do you have to evade Justin Biebers but also an unkillable version of you with a weird accent. Before too long the character in the game realizes that he is being controlled by some external force not his own. Then comes to question the gamers intention on why he has caused so much pain for our main character.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

Kojima: "Sorry, I just realized I don't have to wait for Silent Hill to get nightmares, all I have to do is think of Ground Zeroes sales"

glacius_x
glacius_x

I would be iffy on this, but I think SH needs to be made back in Japan once again. The last two did not do it for me at all. I want that morbid wtf am I looking at, creepy skin crawling feeling that SH once was. Not to mention the atmosphere music/sounds of old.

xOmniCloudx
xOmniCloudx

Looks like Konami depends on Kojima to do everything now even outside MG since first CV and now SH. Maybe Suikoden is next but at least Konami is remembering they used to make games other than CV and MG. He used to fight it but they must be paying him insanely well now so he got on board with doing what they want. Hopefully Konami can remember that they could also have him FINALLY make ZOE3 and then do it.

SilentAssassin
SilentAssassin

Hell yeah.. Hideo could make a sick Silent Hill game.  All the atmosphere involved that's right up his alley.

Kenichi34
Kenichi34

Oh please, no. Half the time Kojima doesn't even seem to know what he's doing with the Metal Gear Solid franchise. The last thing Silent Hill needs is a convoluted plot that takes 10-20 minute cut scenes to *try* to explain itself.

randybumgardner
randybumgardner

actually thats a great game for him to work on.  its dark, dynamic gameplay and has the story side too.

future_gum
future_gum

He should reboot Snatcher. This time with even more blatant Blade Runner referances, campy 80's sci-fi visuals and sweeping synth soundscapes. Please make my dream come true.

El_Zaggy
El_Zaggy

hell no. Silent Hill was completely destroyed but Konami giving the game dev. to stupid studios. Kojima will destorys it even more with his 20 hours cutscene/3 hour gameplay ratio he uses in his games.

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

apparently he's Jesus, so yeah! Get him on that shit ASAP!

indiexanna
indiexanna

Tactical horror espionage.

Spotted by monster *UIIINGG* [!]

pyosisified
pyosisified

TBH the games couldn't get any worse than they are already, would be quite funny to see Silent Hill turn into a generic 3rd person shooter!! 

X-RS
X-RS

No, Kojima-san has a ZOE to make. I also don't want him tripping too hard for enduced nightmares =\

59Hertz
59Hertz

Wow, do it. I miss Team Silent but with the quality of Kojimas work and the fact that MGS, Silent Hill, and Resident evil etc was a big part of my childhood; I would like nothing more than to see a trustworthy dev take up such a beloved franchise and bring it back.
 SH1 was probably the scariest game I had ever played.

ph4n745y
ph4n745y

For the love of whatever god you embrace, let this man near anything and it will be great.  His extremely high standards should be an inspiration to all developers.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

Doe ZOE3 instead !! The new consoles need a fast paced aerial mech hack and slash game sooo bad :D

Hellhound30x
Hellhound30x

SILENT HILL IS DEAD WITH OUT TEAM SILENT.... 


uncle5555
uncle5555

Well he would be able to (work on other things) if he wasn't making a new MGS game one after another, great game and series, but I'm sure many of us (his fans) would like to see him approach some of his older work or do new IP like he used too (back in the 90's) Snatcher, Policenauts, ZOE, Boktai all say hello, Mr. Kojima.


Nothing is stopping him from doing any of these projects, but himself.

Iamshmee
Iamshmee

@FourManSeven  Lords of Shadow is a great side series, and before it was released it was stated as being a non-canon series to the other. The thing that's surprising is you're satisfied playing Iga's games that took the lore to completely retarded lengths. The only good thing he did was make Symphony of the Night, then he just kept releasing over the top anime type games that were complete crap with cookie cutter gameplay and recycled sprites. Castlevania was on a bad downwards slope, and now that Lords of Shadow is done I'm hoping they don't let Iga have the reigns back and form a good crew to continue the series in a better direction.

meeghoulz
meeghoulz

@akiwak  Being surrounded by Justin Biebers would give me daily nightmares!

milan4554
milan4554

@akiwak  lol plus hes releasing prologue, 2hrs of gameplay worth £30 which i can buy 2-3 full games

Halloll
Halloll

@akiwak you forgot the part with the giant robot fight.

X-RS
X-RS

@ph4n745y

SOOOO_oooo  for you it's fro the love of Kojima? *whistle*

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

@Hellhound30x  yes the last good Silent Hill was SH3, SH4 was okay as well but from there it kinda went the drain, Homecoming and Downpour were horrible :( Kojima is a respectable gamecreator with vision but I dunno if he is so much into directing horror video games, Shinji Mikami would be rather up for the task but I am curious about the evil within which I heard is also his last game he is making :(

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@footballFanSan  yeah, hes probably not the best japanese guy to do it justice. Lets hope he takes it seriously. i believe in his JAPANESE HORROR DNA. He just needs to tap into it and not look at a single American movie or American game for the whole production process.

ph4n745y
ph4n745y

@X-RS @ph4n745y  no, its the love of the games he makes you tool.  He has obviously put in the man-hours to research what makes a game appeal to the mass media all the while making an artisti work of gaming brilliance.  Most have to settle  for one or the other.  On what grounds would you think this man would fail?  He's not a man with one idea...hes an artist consistency expanding his horizons.  Ideas come from men and women of genius, he has proved he is one of those... (man) lol

ph4n745y
ph4n745y

@X-RS @ph4n745y  


i dont know the dude personally or from an individual standpoint.  I just know he makes great games. A great game comes from research of the development process and of the premise for the game he wants to create.  So, from that logic, i concluded that he would do quite a bit of research on portraying the game he wants to create..  in this case- silent hill.

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Sad that Evil Within is Mikami's last game.BTW I wish that Konami would soon fix SH.

X-RS
X-RS

@ph4n745y

Sory I got you worked up, my odd sense of humour in the way you say he makes anything great (like water>wine) he is godlike.Dunno what you meant about the fail thing, I'd expect anything he makes to sell considering how many articles he gets solely exclusive to him.

Cheers

BradBurns
BradBurns

@gamefreak215jd  Mikami also said Vanquish was the last game he was directing. Btw Vanquish was an awesome game.