At some point in time, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima apparently asked Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski to work on a new Silent Hill game with him, but Bleszinski declined for a number of reasons.
Bleszinski, who now heads up Lawbreakers studio Boss Key in North Carolina, said on Twitter that he was “flattered” by the offer. But he ultimately said no, one reason being that the job would have required Bleszinski to move to Los Angeles. He says that’s not his favorite city.
Plus, Bleszinski said he would have rather worked on a brand new franchise, which he eventually did with the gravity-bending shooter Lawbreakers. Blesiznski went on to say that, had he partnered with Kojima, it wouldn’t have gone well. “I woulda f**ked up Silent Hill,” he said (via GameWatcher).
@Danjitsu I don’t like LA, I love new IP, and I woulda fucked up SH
— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) February 12, 2016
Bleszinski didn’t provide any kind of timeline for when this offer was made. He left Epic Games in October 2012 and later went on a tour of sorts, visiting the offices of Activision, Zynga, Double Fine, and Electronic Arts. He was also courted by Ubisoft. It’s possible it could have been in this time period that Kojima came to Bleszinski with the offer, though this is not confirmed.
Kojima eventually partnered with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro for a new Silent Hill game that would have featured The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus. This game, Silent Hills, was later canceled, a move that del Toro said “makes no f**king sense.” Kojima has since left Silent Hill publisher Konami altogether.
Kojima and del Toro will reunite later this month when they speak together at a gaming event.
As for the Silent Hill series, Konami has said it is “committed to new Silent Hill titles,” though no future games have been announced.