In late April, director Guillermo del Toro and The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus went on twitter and confirmed what fans had been dreading. Silent Hills was cancelled, another causality in the fallout between Konami and game designer Hideo Kojima. At least fans had P.T., a playable teaser for the game which was itself one of the most terrifying horror titles in recent memory.
That wasn’t good enough for Konami. As of early May, the company announced that they would be removing P.T. for purchase from the PSN Store. This started a mad scramble from fans to secure a download of the game while it was still available. After P.T. was taken down, PS4’s with copies of the game pre-installed on them were popping up on eBay for as much as $1,800. A great deal more expensive than the game’s original price of $0.
But, even that wasn’t enough for Konami. Now any trace of P.T. has been scrubbed off the PlayStation servers. That means that users with the game in their library will no longer be able to re-download the P.T. if they delete it. Instead, an error pops up stating that P.T. cannot be downloaded.
These acts seem difficult to justify as Konami owns all the licenses in question and hasn’t reported any pressure on them to remove the game. While the rumour mill is circulating with talk of drastic restructuring with the organisation and a personal dispute between Kojima and the founder of Konami Kagemasa Kozuki, nothing has been verified. It seems that the removal of P.T. is just another symptom of whatever strange goings on are happening behind the scenes at Konami.