The activity of the terror franchise has been frozen since the cancellation of the last Silent Hill game (Silent Hills), with the exception of its use for slot machines.
Will Silent Hill come back? Konami renews trademark registration in Canada
The activity of the terror franchise has been frozen since the cancellation of Silent Hills, with the exception of its use for slot machines.
After the tragic cancellation of PT, it seems unlikely that Konami has plans in the near future to revive the franchise; nevertheless, the fans do not lose hope and to stoke their expectation, the slightest hint is enough, for example, the brand renewal requested by the editor in Canada on July 25, as one of the always vigilant users of ResetEra.
According to the records of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, the petition filed by Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd last month, the renewal of the Silent Hill brand would be for goods and services, with a focus on:
Provide online video games
Provide online computer games
Provide information on the subject of video games
Provide information in the field of computer games
Manage, organize or manage video game competitions
Manage, organize or manage computer game competitions
The above is, in a nutshell, a license to use the brand in virtually anything, as long as it has videogame character in any of its forms. Unfortunately, renewing or registering a brand does not lead to its immediate use and, much less in the case of the video game industry, which will have the purpose of developing a new title. Just as we saw last year, it can mean something as disheartening as keeping the Silent Hill license alive for use in slot machines. Above all, we must take into consideration that the registration corresponds only to Canada and that the renewal could be due to the fact that the previous license, created on May 23, 2003, would expire on December 2019 and with this movement it is avoided that someone else registers it to your name.
The possibility of a new on of Silent Hill is not officially ruled out, but in Konami’s current landscape it looks unlikely. The truth is that if the decision was made to revive the franchise, composer Akira Yamaoka would be more than willing to participate, as would the artist of the saga and creator of Pyramid Head, Masahiro Ito.
You can read the retro review of Silent Hill 2 here.