The P.T. Vacuum

It’s been two years now, but it seems that the specter of P.T. yet looms. After the playable demo for the now canceled Silent Hills hit, the gaming populace was enthralled by the idea. It wasn’t just going to be a first-person horror game, it was going to be the first-person horror game to bring the genre of psychological horror back into its full glory! A great many of us were psyched,  and just as many had their hopes crushed by the project’s cancellation. The idea of P.T. has yet to depart though. Once the world got a taste of what a game like that could be, we were loath to give it up. Petitions, indie-developers, triple-A publishers, and possibly even Kojima himself were/are working towards bringing that idea to fruition. P.T. is going to happen in some way, shape, or form; it’s just a matter of who’s going to make it happen.

Allison Road used to immediately come to mind when I thought of a potential successor to P.T.. Even though its developer, Lilith, Ltd., started work on Allison Road before all the P.T. hype hit, the game nonetheless came to be viewed by fans as the project that would fill the void left behind.

Video from YouTube channel: Pixel Planet

Sadly, this doesn’t seem to be the case. At the time of this writing, the Allison Road project has been canceled once more, and there are currently no indications that it will be revived again. So with that, the void remains and we now look to two new potential contenders to fill the space.

Video from Playstation YouTube channel

Even thought the house from the preview demo has been confirmed to not be present in the final game, Resident Evil VII is perhaps the strongest candidate to fill the void left behind by P.T.. We don’t know very much about the game since it was more or less just announced last week, but the little we’ve seen so far looks promising. Tonally, it already feels much closer to the likes of P.T. and Silent Hill than the last several entries in the Resident Evil series. If this concept trailer is anything to go by, then Resident Evil VII may just give horror fans the mind-twisting scare they’ve been waiting for!

Video from IGN YouTube channel

Then there’s Death Stranding, the new game from Kojima Productions starring actor Norman Reedus. Admittedly, there’s not much concrete evidence to go off of in this trailer. However, given its highly surreal nature and the involving of at least two of the big names associated with the now-cancelled Silent Hills, one cannot help but wonder if the quintessential P.T. experience won’t actually come from those who made the game in the first place.

What do you think? Who’s going to fill the demand vacuum that P.T./Silent Hills left in its wake?

Header image captured by Hatmonster


  1. vahrkalla says:

    Kojima has been stylistically deviating from his own reputation ever since the would-be coda of Snake Eater. Now that he finally has his own creative agency- entirely so- I have no doubt that Death Stranding will be an amalgamation of the things we began to see emerge in Metal Gear Solid after Snake Eater- his cinematic prowess in Guns of The Patriots, his political edge in Ground Zeroes and anything that was corporately vivisected from The Phantom Pain. And, of course, his revolutionary approach to psycho horror we see in PT and somewhat in Metal Gear. I would hope the latter element be the most prevalent. Smashing post! 🙂


  2. angryscholar says:

    I’m always glad to see horror taken seriously, and new IPs are probably necessary at this stage to keep people from coasting on franchise legacies. Having said that, I’d love to see more Fatal Frame games…

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    1. Hatm0nster says:

      Yeah, that series just kinda faded away didn’t it? Still, since established IP are always seen as a safer investment, perhaps now they’ll finally bring it back.


      1. angryscholar says:

        Apparently FF5 was released on the Nintendo E-Shop last year. So I guess there’s still hope?

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        1. Hatm0nster says:

          I didn’t know that! There should be hope then. I guess it would depend on how well it’s sold since release.

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