The last couple of years have not been particularly good for Konami. The company has been the brunt of jokes and hatred from gamers across the spectrum as they made some very odd choices. Chief among these was the cancellation of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro’s Silent Hills project, which was wonderfully announced via P.T. While it was clear that Kojima and Del Toro were upset by the decision, last night’s Game Awards brought the topic back up, with Del Toro being particularly forthright.
“FUCK KONAMI,” began Del Toro’s series of tweets, as he linked to Kojima wining his award and presenting the amazing Death Stranding trailer that featured Del Toro, and introduced Mads Mikkelson to the cast.
“VIVA KOJIMA. Well deserved, Kojima-San! Banzai!,” he continued, before attacking Konami by saying “Konami cancelling SH after PT is one of the most moronic things I’ve ever witnessed.”
Silent Hills was supposed to be the epic team up of Hideo Kojima, Guillermo Del Toro, and The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus. Now that matchup has been put into Death Stranding, a game where each trailer just adds to the insanity and confusion over just what this game even is.
The cancellation of Silent Hills did send a lot of shockwaves through the gaming community, and Konami’s seeming anger toward Kojima only added to the fervor. The company has since shifted away from big budget game development, and put more of its focus toward its gambling section. This has left its many major series on the wayside, with Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid franchise being particularly harmed.
Death Stranding is confirmed for release on PS4, with no official release date set.