Also, a cancelled “Russian retro sci-fi horror” from 2008.
Silent Hill monster designer and art director Masahiro Ito has revealed a small, low-res piece of concept art he drew for a prototype of a cancelled Silent Hill game in 2013.
The images first appeared on Ito’s Twitter and was later picked up by NeoGAF user Dusk Golem.
“The one of concept arts for new Silent Hill which I drew in 2013,” reads Ito’s caption for the image. “The beginning of its story.”
The concept art, which you can see above, appears to share the same rusted, industrial style that made Konami’s long-running survival horror series so distinct. Ito is known for his monster and background design work on the first Silent Hill, as well as his creature designs and art directing on Silent Hill 2 and 3. His most iconic creation is arguably the design of Pyramid Head.
According to Ito, he was “not involved with ‘PT,'” the playable teaser for Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro’s now-cancelled Silent Hills, although he did express interest in working with Kojima back in 2012.
That means we may be looking at art from an unannounced Silent Hill game predating Silent Hills. Ito is also remaining vague on Twitter when asked about the images, leaving the true origin and nature of the art in the realm of speculation.
Ito also shared art from another cancelled game he describes as a “Russian retro Sci-Fi horror title,” which he worked on at Sony Computer Entertainment (now known as Sony Interactive Entertainment) between 2008 and 2010.
Chloi Rad is an Associate Editor for IGN. Follow her on Twitter at @_chloi.