Blue Box and Abandoned have been circulating as curiosities in the game industry recently. Building a grand theory from its thematic relation to the cancelled Silent Hills project from years ago, internet detectives have found numerous connections which they thought pointed to Abandoned secretly being associated with Death Stranding creator Hideo Kojima. This is a whole rabbit hole to go down, which I won’t indulge in here, but the theory trying to be proved pegged Kojima as using a similar tactic from when Metal Gear Solid V and Silent Hills were first revealed. He created fake studios and framed the projects as something outside of the existing franchises they eventually were revealed to be a part of. If he did it once with Silent Hill, why not again?
After theorists picked apart small details from the announcement trailer and pinpointed names with the same initials as Hideo Kojima, Blue Box eventually stepped in and shut the rumors down. They put out a tweet saying, “We wanted to set things straight. We have no relations with Konami. Silent Hill is owned by Konami. We do not have any relations with Hideo Kojima. It was never our intention to tease the name as Silent Hill. We sincerely apologize for this.”
Blue Box Game Studios will soon be revealing more of Abandoned with a trailer app for the PS5 which will give a non-playable look at the game in-engine using the console hardware. The game is slated to release on PlayStation 5 during Q4 of 2021, and on PC “eventually.”
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