Yes, I’m just as tired of dead-end Silent Hill rumors as you are, but wait, there might actually be some merit in the latter.
This latest Silent Hill rumor is the latest in a long line, but this time there’s at least a little meat on the bone. Korea’s game rating committee GRAC has rated an unannounced Silent Hill game with a never-before-seen subtitle (thanks, gematsu (opens in new tab)).
So far, though, all we have of this rating is the game’s title. Named Silent Hill: The Short Message. We still don’t know if the game is coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S or Nintendo Switch, or if it will be a mobile spin-off.
And if you’re worried about Konami’s penchant for making pachinko machines based on beloved IPs, don’t worry. Pachinko is banned in South Korea, so ratings for these games are unlikely to be considered in the country.
In my restless dreams, I see that city…
Nobody wants a new, big-budget Silent Hill game more than I do. I would bet money on it. Even so, it’s pretty hard to get excited about a rating for a game that, ultimately, may not even exist.
And even if that happens, we know very little about Silent Hill: The Short Message. However, I think we can at least speculate on what kind of game it would be, based on this legend.
Looking at the “Short” part of that caption, a few things immediately come to mind. The first is obviously PT – Hideo Kojima’s totally terrifying (and now deleted) PS4 teaser for what would have been Silent Hills. The second is Beginning Hour, Resident Evil 7’s own playable teaser released a few months before Capcom’s return to survival horror form.
So my best guess at what The Short Message could be is a teaser similar in scope to PT and Beginning Hour. It would make sense. Both of the examples I mentioned did wonders in promoting their respective projects. And while Silent Hills never saw the light of day, PT remains an influential horror experience that lives on in many indie-inspired games.