In April, a trailer for a game called Abandoned by Blue Box Studios was posted to the PlayStation channel. (The studio later suggested it will be coming to PC as well as PS5, tweeting that, “The PC community shall rejoice.”) It’s a vague trailer, suggesting a first-person shooter set in a spooky rural area. There are woods, and a sign for “God’s town”, and a voiceover ranting about a community-led by “a religious nutjob”.
The Silent Hill community, desperate as ever to hear about a new game in the series, quickly convinced themselves that Abandoned was a revival of Silent Hills, the cancelled Hideo Kojima project. The theory has an entire subreddit of its own, The Blue Box Conspiracy. Among their evidence is the fact that Blue Box Studios tweeted “Abandoned = (First letter S, Last letter L)” and that the studio director, Hasan Kahraman, has a surname that’s Hideo translated into Turkish. That might seem like a stretch, but to be fair when Metal Gear Solid 5 was being teased it was announced as a project by “Moby Dick Studios” led by Joakim Mogren, with Joakim being an anagram of Kojima.