Sony announced a downloadable, playable teaser dubbed ‘P.T.’ at their Gamescom press conference this summer. Buzz usually travels lightning fast in the gaming industry, but this new property from unknown developer 7780s Studio was shrouded in secrecy. The mysterious demo came only with a small warning – “avoid playing if you have a heart condition.” Mad props go to Twitch user SoapyWarpig – she was the first to complete P.T., revealing the game’s true identity, and holy buckets of awesomeness: a new Silent Hill is coming from legendary mastermind Hideo Kojima and director Guillermo del Toro.
The demo takes about an hour to finish, depending on your gaming finesse, and features some disturbing and intricately-designed content. It’s all POV and has us walking through a seemingly abandoned house. New clues are revealed as you complete each loop through decrepit hallways, allowing you to delve deeper into a horrific murder mystery. It’s creepy and downright scary. As you walk from one shadowy room to the next, cockroaches crawl about, cryptic messages are left everywhere, the grotesque remains of a fetus cry out from a bathroom sink, blood oozes from a refrigerator suspended above the foyer by chains – and only the halo from a flashlight guides your way.
The quest ends with a man walking through a gloomy, fog-ridden street lit by flickering lights with old, broken down cars spread out everywhere. When he turns, the character’s face is revealed… it’s Norman Reedus. Awwwwww-hell-to-the-crossbow-ya, you Walking Dead badass. Excited?! Yes. Buying this game? We’ve already rolled up our sleeping bags to wait outside.
So what can we expect? Silent Hill made its debut on the Playstation in 1999 and is still one of the marquee survival-horror franchises for gamers, and now with Del Toro attached, we’re likely to see a realm of fantastic monsters scaring the crap out of us. There’s no word yet on whether Silent Hills will be a PS4 exclusive, but we’ll keep you updated.