Silent Hills brought the gaming world down to its knees when it dropped its eerily gorgeous launch trailer back in 2014. It was something most people just wanted to throw their money at despite the lack of information given. However, what really turned heads was the surprise cameo of AMC’s The Walking Dead, Norman Reedus, as he peered back over his shoulder before slumping into the legendary mist. That was a taster no horror fan was prepared for. It was also a bargaining chip that would potentially win over millions of TWD fans worldwide when the project would finally dropkick shelves in later years.
When P.T. released it was sort of assumed that players would be taking control of Reedus as you fire a volley of crossbow bolts through Pyramid Heads iron temple. Annoyingly, this was never actually confirmed or physically shown during the playable teaser and was later shut down after the project was frustratingly cancelled by Kojima. The big reveal was set aside and left to disintegrate as fans wallowed in the pits of the unknown. And, with that, Silent Hills faded.
Years have passed and people have started to twiddle thumbs and reach for threads in the hope of resurrecting the franchise. Now, the long-awaited hero reveal has been brought to light by game hacker Lance McDonald. In his recent tweet, McDonald revealed the charming face that was, in fact, the playable character in P.T.
Through a murky window, we’re able to get a glimpse of the melancholy man that would’ve later been the face of next-level horror gaming. Sadly, however, Death Stranding stole him and transformed him into a postman. Yes – it is Norman Reedus. Shock horror.
Just to put any uncertainty finally to rest after all this time, yes, the guy you play as in P.T. is the same guy we see in the ending cinematic. Not that there any real doubt, but yeah, it's Norman Reedus the whole time. pic.twitter.com/PXh5svLRSi
— Lance McDonald (@manfightdragon) December 12, 2019
This isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but it is still pretty cool to see firsthand and witness as the game was undergoing its initial development rounds. It’s just a shame we might never get to see the full thing. But, sources have been making their ways around the web and suggesting the Kojima project could indeed be back on the cards and due for a revival. But, you know, these are simply rumours and should be taken with a pinch of salt, of course.