Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has been name-dropping Konami's Silent Hill series lately, mentioning the franchise alongside his studio's Fox Engine, the technology that powers his next game, Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. All that talk about Silent Hill has gotten the attention of Konami execs, it seems.
Kojima has boasted that Kojima Productions' Fox Engine is suited for more than just stealth action games and could be used for a future Silent Hill title.
"In the past I've mentioned Silent Hill in interviews, and as a result of that the president of Konami rung me up and said he'd like me to make the next Silent Hill," Kojima said at the Eurogamer Expo, according to a recap from Eurogamer.
Kojima added that he's something of a "scaredy-cat when it comes to horror movies," but that that might work to his advantage in developing a Silent Hill game.
"I think Silent Hill has a certain atmosphere," Kojima added. "I think it has to continue, and I'd love to help it continue, and if I can help by supervising or lending the technology of the Fox Engine, then I'd love to participate in that respect."
Kojima helped oversee development of Konami's efforts to reboot the Castlevania franchise. Kojima Productions worked with Spanish studio MercurySteam on Castlevania: Lords of Shadow for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Based on Kojima's comments, taking on a similar role on a Silent Hill project seems conceivable.
Creative duties on the Silent Hill franchise have bounced between developers over the course of this generation, with Climax Studios, Double Helix, Vatra Games, and WayForward all taking a crack at keeping the horror series alive. Critical reception to those titles has been mixed, with the most recent entry, Silent Hill Downpour, scoring in the mid-60s, based on Metacritic aggregate.