AI Hub (which has not responded to a request for comment) previously wrote that it had been asked to take down the video – in which Silent Hill composer Yamaoka said a game fans were “hoping to hear about” would likely be announced this summer.
Many took the removal to have come from Konami, sparking more speculation that it was attempting to plug a leak. However, Konami’s denial may instead point to the removal request coming from Yamaoka himself.
Update 02/05/2021: An interview with Akira Yamaoka – which many have taken to be a tease for a new Silent Hill game – has been removed by its original publisher, AIHub.
In a statement, AIHub explained that it had been asked to remove the clip (but doesn’t specify who asked), and apologised for doing so.
We thank you for your support which contributed to the spread of the interview that we published yesterday with Akira Yamaoka around the world.
We were asked to remove the clip, and it has been removed.
and stay tuned for the next interviews https://t.co/sMuGmf6NIT
— Al Hub – الهَب (@TheHubKW) February 5, 2021
As much as the original statement, the removal has caused speculation, with many assuming this is an attempt to stem the rumours about an upcoming Silent Hill which has yet to be announced. There is, of course, the possibility that Yamaoka was talking about something else, and the removal has been made to stem misinformation.
IGN’s contacted Silent Hill publisher Konami for comment.
Silent Hill and Contra composer Akira Yamaoka says in a recent interview that he expects to announce a new project this summer and teases that he thinks it’s the one people are “hoping to hear about.”
In an interview with the YouTube channel AI Hub, Yamaoka appeared to speak about his latest work as a composer on The Medium. But when asked if there are any other projects he’s working on, Yamaoka responded that an announcement will likely happen this summer. What’s more, it could be a big one for fans.
“You’ll probably hear something this summer to be announced,” Yamaoka said via a translator before adding, “And I think it’s the one you’re kinda hoping to hear about.”
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Let’s not mince any words here. Yamaoka is most famous for his work on the Silent Hill series where he was an original member of Konami’s Team Silent dev team. A new Silent Hill game has made its way around the internet rumor mills for years now since the cancellation of Hideo Kojima’s P.T. and is easily the ones fans are most excited to learn more about.
In the years since P.T. was shelved, rumors of a new Silent Hill game in development have popped up several times. In 2020 a prominent leaker divulged that two Silent Hill games could be in development, one described as a “soft reboot,” and the other an episodic game similar to Telltale titles.
Original Team Silent art director Masahiro Ito also tweeted in 2020 that they were working on a new title “as a core member,” and added, “I hope the title won’t be canceled.” This last line was interpreted as a reference to P.T. which led many to believe Ito was teasing a new Silent Hill game.
However, Team Silent director and former Sony Japan member Keiichiro Toyama recently left Sony to start their own company Bokeh Game Studio with Gravity Rush designers Junya Okura and Kazunobu Sato.
Toyama’s project is said to be a horror action-adventure title according to an interview with IGN Japan.Meanwhile, Konami confirmed that it has not closed its game development operation following a corporate shuffle, and has said in the past it is always evaluating its entire IP portfolio for future game development.
Things are very much unconfirmed at this time, so if you want to keep your hope in check, assume Yamaoka is talking about a new ESPN MLS GameNight reboot.
Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him @lawoftd on Twitter.