Silent Hill composer says his next project is ‘the one you’ve been hoping for’
Akira Yamaoka teases Summer game reveal
Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka has teased that his next game project is “the one you’ve been hoping to hear about” in a new video interview.
Yamaoka made the comments in an interview with YouTube channel AI Hub. The video in question has now been pulled from the channel, but not before the composer’s comments were transcribed by multiple publications including PSU and Siliconera. It’s not clear why the video was pulled.
Yamaoka reportedly told the YouTube channel that he expected the unannounced game project to be revealed sometime this Summer.
UPDATE: Konami has told VGC it did not request the removal of Yamaoka’s video interview.
ORIGINAL STORY CONTINUES: The veteran composer has worked on many games during his 30-year-career, including No More Heroes 2, Lollipop Chainsaw and most recently, Bloober Team’s The Medium. However, he is best known for providing music for every instalment in the Silent Hill series, including its recent Dead by Daylight DLC.
The past year has seen a significant amount of speculation that developer Konami could be preparing to announce a new game in the horror series.
According to a noted insider, a new Silent Hill game is “100%” in development and likely to be announced soon.
A Konami representative previously labelled separate claims that it was planning to reboot the Silent Hill franchise in partnership with PlayStation as untrue.
Last summer Konami also launched an official Silent Hill Twitter account to promote the Silent Hill crossover with Behaviour Interactive’s Dead by Daylight, further fuelling speculation.
In December Keiichiro Toyama, director of Silent Hill and the Gravity Rush series, announced his departure from Sony’s Japan Studio to form new company Bokeh.
Toyama formed the new company along with Junya Okura, lead designer on the Gravity Rush series, and Kazunobu Sato, lead designer of 2013’s Puppeteer, who have left Sony following nearly two decades of service.
Bokeh’s first title will be an action-adventure game of similar scale to his past work, it said. A new video published on Thursday offers glimpses at concept art, suggesting that the new game will include horror elements.
Asked by Famitsu about his previous franchises Siren and Gravity Rush, the director said he intended to build a good relationship with Sony and could work on them again in the future, should the two companies’ interests align.