The rise of gaming streamers has led to a boom in the popularity of horror games, yet there is one franchise that never returned from the dead to make the most of this newfound appreciation for the genre - Silent Hill.
The first Silent Hill game was released for the PlayStation in 1999, where it quickly earned a reputation for being one of the scariest games on the system. Silent Hill 2 was released on the PlayStation 2 in 2001 and it became regarded as one of the best horror games of all time. Silent Hill 3 and Silent Hill 4: The Room weren't as well regarded as their predecessors, but they still have their fans.
The Silent Hill franchise is no more and it's unlikely to be returning anytime soon. The reasons for this involve failed shifts in formula and issues involving Konami and the developers of the series.
Team Silent Is No More
The first four games in the Silent Hill series were developed by Team Silent, which was a group composed of different members of the Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo division. Team Silent was eventually disbanded by Konami, as they wanted to hand the property over to western developers. The members of Team Silent have all gone on to work on different projects, while some of them have joined Kojima Productions, which means that it's unlikely that they will ever be reformed for another game.
The Last Silent Hill Games Bombed
Silent Hill 4: The Room was the final Silent Hill game developed by Team Silent. The next Silent Hill games were made by western developers and these had a mixed reaction from both fans and critics.
The last console Silent Hill game was Silent Hill: Downpour, which received mixed reviews and caused its developer (Vatra Games) to declare bankruptcy. There was also a handheld Silent Hill game released for the PlayStation Vita called Silent Hill: Book of Memories, which was also panned by critics due to it being a dungeon crawler and having little to do with the other games in the series. The negative reaction to these two games seemed to put the final nail in the coffin of the Silent Hill franchise...
Hideo Kojima Is Gone From Konami
On August 12, 2014, a strange horror game known as P.T. was released for free on the PlayStation Network. It turned out that the game was a playable teaser for an upcoming title called Silent Hills, which was to be developed by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro, with Norman Reedus lending his image to the game and voicing the main character.
Silent Hills would never come to pass. Hideo Kojima left Konami on seemingly bad terms in 2015 and would reform Kojima Productions as an independent studio. Kojima would go on to collaborate with Del Toro and Reedus again on Death Stranding, while Silent Hills was canceled by Konami.
Any New Silent Hill Games Would Be Unfavorably Compared To P.T.
The Silent Hill franchise is currently in a state of limbo. The public perception of the franchise has been damaged by the games developed in the west, while there are still many fans who are hoping that Silent Hills can be revived in some form.
Team Silent has long since disbanded and Hideo Kojima is doing his own thing with Death Stranding, so there is no real incentive for Konami to finance a game that has had its name and reputation soured. If Konami announced a new Silent Hill game tomorrow, then the core fanbase would be turned off due to its disconnect from the earlier games in the series, while many people are still annoyed that Silent Hills was canceled and would be unwilling to give the game a chance.
Konami Is Busy Shilling Its Properties To The Gambling Market
Silent Hill won't ever truly die, as Konami has no problem shilling out its established properties to slot machines and pachinko games. It's possible that there might be more Silent Hill games released for mobile phones, but it seems that the series will be relegated to gambling machines for the foreseeable future.