Best known for his work as art director of the survival-horror classics Silent Hill 2 and 3, Masahiro Ito caught horror gaming fans’ attention when he announced . . . something. On January 4th Ito posted a pair of tweets, the first stating that he was “working on a title as a core member” with the hope that the title wouldn’t be cancelled. The second proved no more informative than the first. “About that, I can tell you nothing yet. ( ´•ᴗ•)”
Ito’s tightlipped announcement-of-sorts provided more than enough fuel for fans to start speculating. The “hope [that] the title won’t be cancelled,” can certainly be read as a reference to Hideo Kojima’s doomed project, Silent Hills. The much-anticipated game carried many fans’ hopes of a return to form for the series after years of sub-par entries, hopes that were dashed when the game was cancelled in 2015 amid the very public falling-out between Kojima and Silent Hills’ would-be publisher, Konami.
Back in November of 2019, Kojima also took to Twitter, saying that “to make the scariest horror game, I’ll watch the scary movies in order to awaken my horror soul,” taken by some to be an announcement of the genre of Kojima Productions’ next game now that the long-awaited Death Stranding is on shelves.
As noted by Screen Rant’s Peter Morics, “While there is no hard evidence to suggest that Hideo Kojima will be involved, [. . .] If these two facts combine the way fans want them to, this should result in a very exciting prospect for horror fans.” The dots are there to be connected. Whether the facts play out that way only time will tell.