We’re all bummed at the loss of Silent Hills, perhaps Guillermo del Toro most of all. The promise showed in the P.T. demo was outstanding and we were all curious as to what the final game would become. Unfortunately, Silent Hills has been canceled, a casualty of the ongoing saga between Konami and Kojima. While we’ll never have the full game, many found solace in the fact we’d always have the demo… or so we thought.
What happened to the game on the Playstation Store?
In an effort to eradicate any and all trace of Silent Hills, Konami has pulled P.T. from the Playstation Store. Apparently, you can’t even re-download it even if you already have “purchased” it. The strange part is, even when deleting P.T. a prompt comes up on screen informing you can you re-download it. The demo even still appears in the PS4’s online library. However, when you try to download the file you get an error message.
The whole thing is very odd, as most download services will allow you to re-download an item if you’ve purchased it even if they no longer hold the rights to the product. For example, many EA games that have been moved to Origin from Steam (such as Dragon Age 2) are still up for download if you’ve already purchased them on the service.
Why would Konami do this?
It really does seem like some kind of scorched Earth policy. They really want to eradicate all trace of Silent Hills, including the backdoor demo. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen such action from a company, which makes you wonder what exactly went down between all the parties involved.
We don’t know the full story, unfortunately. All we have from Konami is the official statement, “Konami is committed to new Silent Hill titles, however the embryonic Silent Hills project developed with Guillermo del Toro and featuring the likeness of Norman Reedus will not be continued.”
Strange they didn’t mention Kojima as having worked on the game. Perhaps one day we’ll read a book or a long blog post giving us the inside scoop, but for now we’re in the dark.
So if my hard drive is erased or I delete it…
Then it’s gone forever. There is no way to get it back digitally, so whatever you do: don’t let it go!
I don’t have P.T. and want it. How do I get it?
Unfortunately, you’re almost completely out of luck. At this point, the only way to obtain a copy is through a hard storage medium. It wouldn’t be difficult to imagine people on eBay selling P.T. on hard drives for crazy prices. It will soon become a collector’s item. The moral of the story? If you have P.T. don’t ever delete it. You may never forgive yourself.