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P.T.'s secret radio transmissions may point to a returning Silent Hill tradition

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

One of the mysteries in Kojima Productions' P.T., the playable teaser for the next Silent Hill game, wasn't much of a mystery to Swedish-language speakers. But those who aren't gifted in the Swedish tongue probably weren't aware of the radio transmission's possible implications.

A video recording of the in-game transmission translated by Swedish speakers reveals that a familiar Silent Hill trope might be at play yet again: Everything that happens in P.T. could be the result of the involvement of aliens. Here's the English language translation of what's broadcast in P.T.'s ever-present radio.

Close your eyes. Let your ears listen in to the radio. Do you hear my voice? Can you hear the screams of your own soul?

Let us choose: my voice, which tells the future, or your tormented [struggles?]. Well? What do you choose? You can choose. Your life. Your future!

Wise as you are, you may already have noticed. As the radio drama from 75 years ago was the truth. They are here, on our Earth. And they oversee and see all. Don't trust the news. Don't trust the police. They are already controlled by them.

So has it been for 75 years now. Only [our master?] can keep them [at bay]. You have a right. A right to become one of us. So welcome to our world. Very soon, the gates to a new dimension will open.

Most Silent Hill games have a secret unlockable ending that sees the protagonist come face to face with tiny grey aliens — and sometimes a manipulative shiba inu named Mira — who may be friend or foe. The 75-year-old radio drama is likely a reference to the 1938 broadcast of Orson Welles' adaptation of The War of the Worlds, which warned listeners of an alien invasion in the form of news bulletins.

Hideo Kojima has said that P.T. is just a playable teaser for Silent Hills, and does not have a direct connection to the game. But given Kojima and crew aren't afraid of venturing into the absurd, the likelihood that we'll see more little grey men at the conclusion of Silent Hills seems pretty likely.