There hasn’t been a demo out in quite some time that held the level of polish and high regard (even higher that most full retail versions of entries in the series) as Kojima’s P.T. or “playable teaser” of the cancelled Silent Hills; and while the original isn’t legally playable and multiple reimagining entries have been taken down, a new iteration has emerged.
A new fan remake of the experience (even sharing the same name “P.T.”) has been released on PC, in which at the time of this writing is still available for free here.
For those not familiar with the “teaser”, let me provide a bit of back story on it, as many aren’t. On August 12th, 2014, Playstation 4 owners were treated to a surprising gift from acclaimed Metal Gear Solid director Hideo Kojima and Konami, with a free, “interactive teaser” experience called P.T. An acronym for “playable teaser”, P.T. plunged the player into the terror of a deserted house, pouring with darkness from every corner, in a first person perspective. The player controlled an unknown protagonist through the deserted home, try to solve cryptic puzzles all while experiencing terrifying, psychological events and being haunted by a hostile ghost names Lisa. Once the player completes the puzzles, another section of the house opens up, implying the player is experiencing psychological issues and hallucinations. Once escaping the house and solving the final puzzle, a cinematic revealed to the player that the game was in fact a “playable teaser” for the newest entry into the Silent Hill series, titled “Silent Hills”. The camera then also pans around to reveal the protagonist is being portrayed by to be none other than Norman Reedus, known for his role in the critically acclaimed show the Walking Dead. Guillermo del Toro was also revealed to be attached as co-direct of the game, along with Kojima. The short experience received massive amounts of acclaim from both critics and players, propelling the game to be one of the most anticipated titles in development for the Playstation 4 at the time.
Unfortunately, due to the falling out between Konami and Kojima, the title was cancelled and all knowledge of the experience on the Playstation Store was wiped clean. Those who were lucky enough to download the experience while it was still available and have never deleted from their system’s hard drive are still able to experience it today, along with a few hacking methods, but there isn’t a way for a consumer to experience what is now (at least for the time being), one of Kojima’s projects with Konami?
Luckily, one dedicated fan and game developer has answered the call. Enter Artur Laczkowski. The Polska-based developer (whose Twitter and itch.io pages can be found here respectively) has not stated exactly how long his iteration of the game has been in development for, but due to the quality and level of detail/recreation seen thus far, it seems to have taken quite some time.
This is the latest in a long line of remakes/reimaginings of the game, but many previous ones have received cease and desist orders from Konami regarding, and have disappeared forever. With that being said, if you are mildly interested in playing this, I would suggest downloading it ASAP, in case it has been taken down.
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