One fan recently made a noble attempt to remake P.T., Kojima’s lost horror game demo, but the effort has now been shut down.
Originally created as a type of playable teaser for Silent Hills, P.T. let PS4 players walk through an endlessly looping, surreal household riddled with various scares. Once Kojima left Konami, however, the company canceled Silent Hills and pulled P.T. from the PlayStation Store. In an attempt to let those who missed out finally play the game, 17-year-old developer Qimsar began recreating P.T. as a PC mod.
Now—and perhaps inevitably—Qimsar’s project has been shut down.
“I have some really good news and really bad news,” Qimsar wrote in a post on GameJolt. “I got a phone call that I was expecting at about 5:00 a.m. from someone who worked at Konami. He essentially told me that he was very sorry for being the bearer of bad news, but I would have to take down my 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 my remake down.”
From there, the conversation took an odd turn. According to Qimsar, the representative said that the remake was good enough that “Konami had a strong resurgence of a desire to make legitimate games again.” We’ll take that statement with a huge grain of salt, but fans wouldn’t be disappointed if Konami did indeed turn back away from the pachinko machine industry.
Though his mod was shut down, things seem to be looking up for Qimsar personally. He was promised some merchandise for his trouble, and the potential for an internship sometime in the future.
For all the rest of us P.T.-less fans, though, we’ll just have to wait and see if Konami ever re-releases it… or play one of the other fan attempts at recreating the game in the meantime.