The most world-class game engine to date, Unreal Engine 4 gives you the power to do more than ever before. Bring your creative visions to life directly in game without programmer assistance via the new Blueprint.

Report RSS Konami Shuts Down Indie Unreal Engine 4 Remake Of P.T.

The Silent Hills Playable Teaser remake has been ordered to be taken down.

Posted by on

DhKeQbmVAAYfI1N


We’re all familiar with the sad story of P.T. – the Playable Teaser for a new game in the Silent Hill series (this time pluralised as Silent Hills) which never came to fruition. The original PT, released for free on PlayStation 4, and with Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro, and Norman Reedus attached to the project, was cancelled when Kojima was forced out of developer Konami. Seeds of that project became the upcoming Death Stranding game from Kojima’s new, independent studio.

Fans still lament the fact that the potential of PT and its intended successor, Silent Hills, will never be fully realised, as the playable teaser was so good – even for a small demo confined to a single looping corridor of a house. This led to a number of indie, fan-made projects inspired by PT, from straight remakes in new engines to new games that play on the PT formula.

One of those projects – an Unreal Engine 4 remake of PT, created by solo 17-year-old developer “Qimsar” – was recently shut down by Konami. Qimsar describes receiving a phone call at 5am from a Konami employee, asking the developer to take down his fan remake:

“I was told that he and many other people at Konami saw and really liked my remake, but legit due to legal issues that were out of his or anybody else’s control really, he had to ask me to take down my remake project. I said that I would be willing to do so, and from there, the conversation went from really bad for me to, in my personal opinion (I’m sure you all will have differing opinions), really really good.”

How could such a request to remove one’s personal work lead to being a good conversation? Not only does Qimsar describe how polite the Konami representative was with regards to the messy matter, but they also insinuated that many other Konami employees had played the remake and experienced “a strong resurgence of a desire to make legitimate games again”, as opposed to gambling-based games and mobile games.

"Due to legal issues that were out of his or anybody else's control really, he had to ask me to take down my remake project"

But there was one other perk that Qimsar received from the phone call:

“...The long-term benefit is actually pretty gosh diggily darn nice. It hasn’t been made super official or anything, but a freakin’ internship for me with Konami in which I would do stuff with Konami US, EU, and Japan. Internships tend to turn into jobs fairly often and for a 17-year old who isn’t even a senior in high school just yet, to get this for the very first game project that he’s ever worked on with 6 hours of prior UE4 experience (and a fair amount of Unity experience (35 hours give or take) but that’s irrelevant :P), that’s pretty good.

“I’m personally surprised that Konami acted this way, I was really scared that they would just hit me up with a C&D and that would be it but nah, they politely called me to take it down and they’re giving me a freaking internship dude what even is that.”

"The long-term benefit is actually pretty gosh diggily darn nice ... a freakin' internship for me with Konami in which I would do stuff with Konami US, EU, and Japan."

It’s extremely rare for developers to offer opportunities such as this to indie developers who violate copyright with fan remakes of existing properties. See, for example:

So while we won’t see Qimsar’s completed fan remake of PT in Unreal Engine 4, we’re optimistic that good things will come for the young developer with the new opportunities they have been presented with. In the meantime, check out these other PT-inspired projects, which show that interest in the game’s unique horror formula is still alive and well.


Corridors

By SmoggyChips





Comments
Valherran
Valherran

Sounds like the other people that were involved with PT that weren't Konami had a hissy fit and demanded a take-down. "If were not seeing a dime, then screw you!" is what this feels like.

Reply Good karma Bad karma+4 votes
SergioRonchetti
SergioRonchetti

Such a shame. Would have loved to have seen the originally intended full-game

Reply Good karma Bad karma+3 votes
X1Destroy
X1Destroy

Everytime I see free, awesome things made by good people who was willing to share with the community get killed by big publishers that clearly didn't care about the fanbase enough to make a good game is when I tell myself that this era is full of mistakes. I missed the old days of both games and internet. Things were slow and unreliable as heck but modding was alot more active and new games don't get unmoddability that often.

Reply Good karma Bad karma+3 votes
iCrazyBlaze
iCrazyBlaze

I hope the guy gets his job at Konami. I really want to see a new P.T. game!

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
indio68
indio68

many compliments to the 17 years old guy..hope this is the first step to see others silent hills games on PC soon.that's my hope. ubderstood Konami?

Reply Good karma Bad karma+1 vote
Post a comment
Sign in or join with:

Only registered members can share their thoughts. So come on! Join the community today (totally free - or sign in with your social account on the right) and join in the conversation.

Follow Report Profile
Platforms
Windows, Mac, Linux, VR, AR, iOS, XONE, X360, PS4, PS3
Company
Epic Games
Contact
Send Message
Homepage
Unrealengine.com
Licence
Commercial
Release date
Engine watch
Follow
Feature
Browse
Features
Report
Report
Share
Related Games
P.T silent hill
P.T silent hill Adventure
Silent Insanity - P.T.
Silent Insanity - P.T. First Person Shooter
Related Engines
CryENGINE 3
CryENGINE 3 Commercial
Unity
Unity Commercial
Unreal Engine 4
Unreal Engine 4 Commercial
Related Groups
Epic Games
Epic Games Developer & Publisher with 6 members
Unreal Engine 4 Games
Unreal Engine 4 Games Fans & Clans with 691 members