Abandoned PS5 development negatively impacted by Hideo Kojima and Silent Hill rumors, says game director

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The development of Blue Box Game Studios’ upcoming first-person survival horror shooter for PS5, Abandoned, has been negatively impacted by ongoing rumors of Hideo Kojima’s involvement.

Much has been said and written about the upcoming PS5 exclusive console. Since the game’s announcement in April this year, there have been numerous theories that the project would be a codename for a new Silent Hill episode of Hideo Kojima. More recent rumors suggest that the game is in fact related to a new Metal Gear entry. Blue Box Game Studios and game designer Hasan Kahraman have always denied these rumors, stating that Kojima is in no way involved with the cinematic horror survival sim. We spoke to Kahraman after the announcement of Abandoned and haven’t been able to find any real connection to Kojima or Silent Hill.

So have the ongoing rumors of Kojima, Metal Gear, and Silent Hill impacted the game’s development? As revealed by Kahraman in a new interview, this has been the case. In the interview, the designer was asked if these rumors put any pressure on the studio, to which Kahraman said the following (Google translated):

“You have no idea, it was really crazy and even had a negative effect on the development process with a lot of distractions, but I’m sure people will like Abandoned a lot, we believe in the game, and I still think people love it will like it.”

Further in the interview, Kahraman also spoke briefly about the game’s setting, which is set in “abandoned” America.

“I can’t say much about the game, but I can say that it takes place in a deserted place in America,” said the designer.

Abandoned is slated for release later this year. Recently, Blue Box also confirmed that the title will “eventually” be released on PC. A dedicated PS5 trailer app, needed to experience the game’s 4K visuals, 3D audio, and DualSense features, will be released tomorrow.

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