Silent Hill fans have convinced themselves a new game is going to be announced

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In April, a trailer for a game called Abandoned by Blue Box Studios (opens in new tab) was posted to the PlayStation channel. (The studio later suggested it will be coming to PC as well as PS5, tweeting that, "The PC community shall rejoice." (opens in new tab)) It's a vague trailer, suggesting a first-person shooter set in a spooky rural area. There are woods, and a sign for "God's town", and a voiceover ranting about a community led by "a religious nutjob".

The Silent Hill community, desperate as ever to hear about a new game in the series, quickly convinced themselves that Abandoned was a revival of Silent Hills, the cancelled Hideo Kojima project. The theory has an entire subreddit of its own, The Blue Box Conspiracy (opens in new tab).  Among their evidence is the fact that Blue Box Studios tweeted "Abandoned = (First letter S, Last letter L)" (opens in new tab) and that the studio director, Hasan Kahraman, has a surname that's Hideo translated into Turkish. That might seem like a stretch, but to be fair when Metal Gear Solid 5 was being teased it was announced as a project by "Moby Dick Studios" led by Joakim Mogren, with Joakim being an anagram of Kojima.

Blue Box Studios has since tried to explain (opens in new tab) that Abandoned is not Silent Hill. It announced that, "We have no relations with Konami. Silent Hill is owned by Konami. We do not have any relations with Hideo Kojima. It was never our intention to tease the name as Silent Hill. We sincerely apologize for this." Kahraman had already been interviewed by IGN (opens in new tab), and tried to defuse the rumor there, saying, "It did bother me a bit as we as a team are so excited to tease a bit of our game and then this conspiracy comes."

Neither statement did much to slow down speculation, as fans had one more shred of evidence to cling to. The Official Konami Shop merch store tweeted that "New merch is rolling into our shop, from a cursed place. #SHLSS" (opens in new tab) and followed it with an image of Pyramid Head and the words "Coming soon…" (opens in new tab) 

Today, the Konami merch store revealed that what it's been teasing is actually just some new Konami merch. A skateboard with a booby nurse from Silent Hill 2 on it (opens in new tab). The #SHLSS hashtag stands for "Silent Hill Limited Series Skateboard".

As OldGhostBlood (opens in new tab) wrote on the Blue Box Conspiracy subreddit, "I expect nothing from Konami and I’m still disappointed every time."

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.