In August 2014, a historic video game collaboration took place. Hideo Kojima, film director Guillermo del Toro, and publisher Konami have jointly created a free downloadable title called “Playable Teaser”, or PT. This interactive trailer for the upcoming entry in the Silent Hill series, Silent Hillbecame the center of instant talk among fans and embarked on an oddly long journey that represented all that Konami had become.
Konami achieved the impossible with the help of two masterminds and changed the world of horror games with a simple demo, considering it a look that promises to be the most ambitious horror game in a while. generation. But less than a year later, on April 29, 2015, Konami pulled the plug, removing PT from the PlayStation store and is canceling Silent hill. This swift closure has led to a war of history between fans who want to see the pivotal moment preserved and a company that wants it removed from records entirely.
PT is a game that is still hailed as one of the most complex and experimental horror experiences out there. Seems to take notes from the newer generation of indie and mainstream horror games, PT evolves from the classic third-person perspective of older Silent Hill games and takes the horror into first-person territory. Not only does that make the scares creepier, but it also helps create a more immersive world – if you can think of a repeating hallway and two rooms as one world.
But that loop is where the real horror lies. As the player passes through the house an infinite number of times, the disparity will appear more. The frantic journey stirs up feelings of mystery, madness and anxiety in the sacred halls. Random jump scares and puzzling puzzles helped build a growing sense of fear, reminding players that they were still playing a classic survival-horror game.
The teaser has received rave reviews from casual players as well as critics. For weeks, no one could stop talking about PT Despite the cheers, Konami closed the door Silent Hill project and get PT down with it. The playable trailer has been removed from the PlayStation store, and other downloads, including reinstallations from license holders for the game, have been blocked.
What Konami didn’t realize was a game with over 1 million downloads won’t be taken down so easily.
The initial reaction to the teaser’s delisting was in terms of what to expect from the internet. It led to thousands of angry reactions from social media, petitions to bring the game back, and opportunists starting to sell PlayStation 4 with PT installed on eBay, with some listings in the four-digit range. You can even look now and find The PS4 listing still advertises the installed version of PT as a plus.
For those of us who can’t afford to spend $1,000 arbitrarily for a movie-length experience, a few capeless heroes have come out and do their best to save us from a future without a word. tease.
In October 2014, a fan-made remake PT Bringing horror to Xbox consoles through Microsoft’s game creator, Project Spark. This remake, titled RT, reimagined the demo in the game maker’s engine and was quickly welcomed by those who missed it the first time around or wanted a different taste of the demo. Unfortunately, that project disappeared when Xbox removed it Project Spark and its servers in 2016. Another remake in the form of a PC starter version was quickly shut down, kept by Konami. PT in the dark longer.
In this remake frenzy, fans have been scrambling to keep PT live in different ways. Twitch streamer Lance McDonald recently recounted how download license holders tried to use proxy servers to redirect PT.json and .pkg links to a custom link, allowing additional downloads of games on the jailbroken PlayStation 4.
Despite Konami taking down the game and removing its .json and .pkg files from PlayStation servers, efforts from fans were successful, and those with the right know-how returned the game to the console. their. But Konami won’t let the horror story have a happy ending.
Reports suggest that Konami has gone off the blacklist PT from PlayStation 5, as the company told GamesRadar:”[P.T.] will not be available on the PS Store, so users will not be able to re-download content through the PS5 backward compatibility feature.”
One Polygon report shows that the game used to work by transferring data from PS4 to PS5, so what happened? Well, that same report carries a statement from Sony saying that choice is over PT’s next-generation compatibility “is the publisher’s decision.”
The push to recreate the experience is a testament to how far fans will go to save what they consider important.
PT.His story marked the beginning and rapid evolution of the horror game genre into a new beast. Its gameplay formula and philosophy has been and still is praised for the new elements it brings, and its presence is felt in many projects of the next genre (see you Resident Evil 7 and Visage).
Years later, there is no official way to play legally PT due to Konami’s decision to wipe the game from everywhere possible despite outcry from fans, casual players, and critics alike. This story highlights another complicated battle to preserve the game that fans of the game fight regularly.
The only ways to experience a Silent Hill sequel could be through a sketchy PS4 jailbreak, dropping a dime on an expensive console, or playing an unofficial PC remake, PT is not real. Regardless of the choice, the push to recreate the experience is a testament to how far fans will go to save what they consider important even though Konami, the game’s actual creator, don’t see everything the same.