Power struggles between Kojima Productions and Konami have led the publisher to make drastic changes, including the employee status of its Metal Gear team. Some senior staff at the studio, including Kojima, now essentially work as contractors, not permanent employees.
Gamespot’s inside source reports:
“After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December.”
Konami has already begun to remove Kojima Products from all official MGSV sites, social media and even promotional artworks.
It really seems there some sort of bad blood between the publisher and the developer but a Konami representative told IGN that they are just restructuring production:
“As we have already announced, we are shifting our production structure to a headquarters-controlled system, in order to establish a steadfast operating base capable of responding to the rapid market changes that surround our digital entertainment business. Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.”
So what does this all mean for Silent Hills? I have no friggen clue, hopefully we will get some sort of announcement about it’s fate sometime soon. I really hope the game will still happen.
Gareth McGilvray, a Scottish Silent Hill fan currently living in Australia reached out in regards to an ongoing fund-raiser for his younger sister Rachael. Rachael was recently diagnosed with endometrial cancer and an inoperable brain tumor which sadly only leaves her with a year to live. Rachael’s boyfriend proposed this last Christmas and the family and Rachael would like to return to Scotland for her wedding (maybe for the last time) but given the short notice they need assistance to make her dream wedding happen.
To help raise funds Gareth and some friends will be holding 24 hour live stream March 14th playing through some Resident Evil and Silent Hill titles!
Happy “Sweet Sixteen” to my favorite entry in the entire franchise, the original Silent Hill! 16 years ago today was the start of an amazing series with its Jan 31, 1999 North American release! I can’t believe its been so long, it feels just like yesterday!
I’m interviewing Edward DeBoy (Director/Write) and Neil London (Producer) about their Indiegogo project, Silent Hill Prelude, tomorrow afternoon. If you have any questions leave a comment below and I will ask it on the podcast!
Prelude is fan short film (aprox. 60 min) based strongly around the Silent Hill universe. This film’s purpose is to help provide background and context to the events, characters, and articles found within the first Silent Hill game. There was so much untold, and so much left unanswered within the notes found in Silent Hill 1 that Prelude will fill in the missing story pieces and provide more background to the events and characters leading up to the game. Prelude’s goal is to enrich your Silent Hill experience whether you are a seasoned fan or new to the genre.
This project has been in development for over 2 years and is now finally starting to gain the momentum to become a reality. Over the many years Silent Hill has given us a beautiful story to lose ourselves in and has held a very special place in our hearts. Hollywood has attempted to adapt many video games into major motion pictures, and although few have been successful many tend to stray from the original source material and as a result have fallen short. We feel that we owe it to not only ourselves, but the fans of Silent Hill a story that is original, but true to the games, and that is our story of Prelude.
You can view their test scene below:
The team is looking to raise $52,325 the break down is as follows:
Even if they don’t hit their goal they are still going to try and get the film made!
I’m really excited about this project! The test footage looked excellent, I hope to get the crew on my podcast soon to talk more about their project!
As a big thank you for the support all these years I’m raffling off a Silent Hill Revelation prize pack that includes a brand new Gaya Robbie the Rabbit Doll (with tag), US copy of Silent Hill Revelation Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet, a mini Revelation promo poster, and a copy of Shock Horror Magazine with an interview with Michael Bassett and features Heather on the cover.
All you need to do is LIKE this photo and leave comment with your favorite Silent Hill Memory on the FB page I’ve linked below!
In this twenty-third episode I interview Silent Hill (2006) and Silent Hill Revelation composer Jeff Danna! I lost the initial interview I made with Jeff in January due to file corruption but Jeff was gracious enough to sit down again with me again in October and re record the interview! (more…)