Silent Hill’s original development leads are helming a new instalment backed by PlayStation, a report has claimed.
Masahiro Ito (art director for the series’ first three games), Keiichiro Toyama (director and writer of the original 1999 Silent Hill) and Akira Yamaoka (series composer) are all working on the new project, according to website Rely on Horror.
It’s claimed that the new game is a “soft reboot” developed in collaboration with Sony Japan Studio, the first-party developer which previously helped co-create Bloodborne and The Last Guardian.
The title has reportedly been in the works for about a year.
The report backs up earlier claims from a recognised industry insider that publisher Konami was planning two Silent Hill titles, a reboot from an unnamed external developer and an “Until Dawn-style game” to go alongside it.
The second title is said to be Hideo Kojima’s ill-fated Silent Hills (aka P.T.), which sources claim the creator is in discussions with PlayStation to resurrect.
Any such negotiation would require the approval of Konami, the company Kojima and many of his staff left under challenging circumstances.
However, VGC understands Kojima Productions has since developed a working relationship with its former parent company.
Kojima has hinted that one of his next projects could be horror related and actor Norman Reedus, who was signed to star in Silent Hills, has said he’s in discussions to join another Kojima project.
As well as serving as Silent Hill’s art director for its first three instalments, Ito designed many of the creatures that featured in the series.