Fan-Made PT Game Links Blooper Team to Silent Hill!
Mike Sanders / 4 months ago
Back in early July, it was revealed that a deal had been struck between Konami and predominantly horror game-based developer ‘Blooper Team’ that could potentially see them have full licensed access to the Silent Hill franchise. – Following the official announcement of the partnership from both companies, however, it should be noted that neither made any specific comments regarding any particular gaming project/s currently in development and certainly nothing regard Silent Hill.
It was though, just the most logical conclusion to draw at the time. Particularly when a developer, well known for their horror titles (such as Blair Witch, The Medium, Layers of Fear, etc.) had managed to enter into a deal with a publisher who (arguably) has the rights to the biggest (gaming) horror franchise around! – Initially, such links were, however, somewhat downplayed when Blooper Team issued a rather vague follow-up statement in which they felt compelled to deny any current ‘Silent Hill projects, but notably without going as far as to deny any potential work on it in the future.
So, without any further official updates since, while there was a lot of potential on offer here, there was nothing confirmed, right? – Well, while that still seems to be the case, in a completely absent-minded review of older Silent Hill news last night, I accidentally stumbled across rather an interesting coincidence. One that links a Silent Hill fan game project directly to Blooper Team!
Silent Hill PT Fan Game Offers Direct Link To Blooper Team
Back in 2018, an exceptionally polished fan remake of the ill-fated Silent Hills PT (Playable Teaser) was released. The creator of it, Artur Łączkowski, stated that although he was entirely aware that, sooner or later, Konami would probably shut his project down, he created it out of his love for the franchise and his apparent frustration that they were effectively letting one of gaming biggest franchises lie totally dormant. – His ‘PT Demo’ ended with him revealing his intention to completely remake Silent Hill 2.
What’s the link here though? Well, remember that aforementioned deal between Konami and Blooper Team? Well, guess who Artur Łączkowski is working for these days? Yes! He’s employed as a designer for Blooper Team! – In a nutshell, the creator of arguably one of the most impressive Silent Hill fan-made projects just happens to now be working for a developer who has a confirmed deal with Konami in place.
Maybe A Coincidence, But…
Admittedly, this might very well just be a coincidence. It was abundantly clear from his PT project that Artur Łączkowski was a very talented game designer, and, as such, getting a job with a developer based within his (apparently – I’m not stalking him!) home country does seem to make sense. – While his employment with the developer does seem to have started a significant time prior to the deal between Blooper Team and Konami being announced, however, it does make me wonder if his private ‘fan game’ work, specifically based on Silent Hill, was a considerable factor in this partnership between made.
It always seemed probable that Blooper Team would’ve had to have submitted some ‘concept’ work to Konami to show what they could do if given access to their franchise/s. You know, to ultimately ‘win’ the contract since it’s understood ‘Bluepoint’ had also pitched themselves for the job. – Was it Artur Łączkowski’s ‘PT’ project that swung things in Blooper Teams’ favour though? Was it something from his ‘Silent Hill 2 Remake’? – I don’t know and perhaps I never will. But upon discovering this link (and, let’s face it, it’s a pretty huge one), it certainly made me raise an eyebrow.
On the whole though, and at least at the time of writing, I think I’m largely going to chalk this up as being merely a coincidence. Any way you look at it though, and regardless of whether Artur Łączkowski was a factor in this partnership between Konami and Blooper being made or not, I daresay he will undoubtedly be thrilled at the prospect of potentially being able to work on a franchise he so clearly loves. And, dare I say, thoroughly deserves for his amazing solo work!
What do you think? – Let us know in the comments!