Masahiro Ito, the art director of Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3, revealed that he is working on a new game as a “core member” (via Game Rant). 

I'm working on a title as a core member. I hope the title won't be cancelled.

— 伊藤暢達/Masahiro Ito (@adsk4) January 4, 2020

As a freelance artist, his latest undertaking was as a creature designer for Metal Gear Survive, but you should thank Ito for your nightmares of the Silent Hill series. He was a background and creature designer for Silent Hill, then was promoted to art director for Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3. After Silent Hill 4: The Room, Konami’s Team Silent dissolved and Ito has lent his skills to the series on occasion, for example, the manga Silent Hill: Cage of Cradle and the cover art for Silent Hill: Downpour. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Francis Bacon and Isamu Noguchi and melding that with his enthusiasm for World War II vehicles, his work set the Silent Hill series apart with its almost-human monsters and industrial, haunting environments. 

So, when Ito mentioned that he’s working on an entirely new game, everyone got very excited. Details are scant, but it’s possible that Ito has been brought on as a “core member” of a new intellectual property. He has said that he would like to collaborate on a new Silent Hill game with Hideo Kojima, but we all know how that went down with Konami. Ito and Kojima might be banding together to work on Kojima Productions’ next… whatever it will be. Conversely, the artist might be coming back to Konami to create a new entry to the Silent Hill series. Ito does say, “I hope the title won't be cancelled,” which could be a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fate of Silent Hills.

Again, it’s clear that Ito isn’t ready to reveal all regarding this new project, but it seems that it might be time to return to Silent Hill. Watch this space for news.

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