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Konami Cancels Silent Hills, Pulls Itself From Stock Exchange

Following a very public falling out with Hideo Kojima, the man behind the Metal Gear series, Konami and Kojima parted ways and the latter's name was removed from the universally acclaimed series he helped create. However, the fallout doesn't appear to be over yet, as now Konami's upcoming Silent Hills project has been affected and the company as a whole seems to be taking a hit.

Silent Hills was intended to be the ninth installment in the Silent Hill franchise (and the shot in the arm the series needed), co-developed by Kojima and Hellboy writer/director Guillermo del Toro and starring The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus. A playable concept (rather a demo), P.T., was released on the PlayStation Network last year and was very well-received. After news hit that P.T. would be removed from PSN on April 29th (this Wednesday), and on the heels of Kojima's departure no less, rumors began to circulate that Silent Hills was cancelled. This morning, Konami officially confirmed the cancellation of Silent Hills, but said that the series itself will continue.

The damage doesn't seem to stop there, though. Now it's come to light that Konami has delisted itself from the New York Stock Exchange. They've yet to elaborate as to why they've done that, and there are unsurprisingly varied reactions across the Internet ranging from "this could be nothing" to "the sky is falling." We won't know what's really up until someone from Konami comments on the whole thing.


As a big fan of Kojima's work and especially the Metal Gear series, I'm sad to see him go and I'm worried what will happen to the Metal Gear series without him. The series has always been this beautiful mess and Kojima seemed to be responsible for its trademark absurdity, so without him at the helm I fear that it's going to lose that weird edge and become something far too tame and familiar to action gaming.Then again, it might get a lot less sexist, too.

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