Report: Silent Hill Abandoned-like horror game is in disarray

Abandoned was a big hit when it surfaced last year with a teaser that left many Silent Hill fans convinced it was indeed a Silent Hills revival (opens in new tab), Hideo Kojima’s canceled project. But it’s been a bumpy ride since then, as the promised release of a playable demo flopped; in March, developer Blue Box Studios deleted most of its tweets, leading some followers to believe the project had been silently cancelled.

Blue Box insisted no, but a new report from the game place (opens in new tab) suggests it may be in trouble. Various sources told the site that progress on the game has effectively stalled, while the creative direction has shifted several times, from its original beginnings as a survival horror game about being trapped in the woods with a bloodthirsty cult to a story about a “out of control” “AI and, more recently, a game about vampires.

Members of a private chat group describe lead developer Hasan Kahraman as “duplicate and prone to mood swings” and prone to arguing with other group members. Kahraman initially wanted to label a recent leak of abandoned assets as fake, for example, and only agreed to acknowledge the assets were real after being persuaded to do so by other members of the group. Sources said that this sort of thing would happen frequently: Kahraman would share assets, they would be misinterpreted or leaked, and then he would claim they were actually some sort of loyalty test, not actual Abandoned assets.

As it stands, Abandoned would have returned to its original concept – a survival horror story about a murderous cult – but sources have told Gamespot there is no evidence the game is actually being worked on.

The most recent official update for Abandoned was shared in April when Blue Box rumors denied (opens in new tab) that the game has been cancelled. The studio said it had planned a full reveal and a “prologue” release for Q1 2022, but was forced to delay them because “we underestimated our development roadmap”. Abandoned’s release date and prologue have not been announced. I contacted Blue Box for comment and will update if I get a response.

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