Silent Hill-Esque Game Abandoned Has Been Abandoned By Devs
Since being spooking the spine out of fans with the worldwide reveal in April 2021, and becoming vastly mistaken as a revival of the Silent Hill franchise, Abandoned has since had a literal effect on its developers, who have appeared to be taking the game's title quite literally.
Silent Hill fans convinced themselves that this look-a-like horror game was in fact a cancelled Hideo Kojima project, due to a cryptic tweet from Blue Box Studios saying, "Abandoned = (First letter S, Last letter L)". Alongside Studio Director Hasan Kahraman's surname being a Turkish translation of Hideo, which is just a freakish coincidence, fans forced Blue Box into an apology, reiterating that the game is a standalone title.
Having since deleted the tweet, Blue Box has further axed many other social media interactions, and reports now suggest this isn't the only thing being cut.
Abandoned Development Reportedly 'Stalled'
It was only in April of this year that Blue Box released an official statement saying that the PlayStation 5 shocker was not shut down, amid a wealth of speculation surrounding the Studios' lacklustre history of cancelling projects and an eerie lack of communication about the upcoming events. Instead, they pushed back Abandoned's "Q1 2022" release date indefinitely.
However, it now appears that development has actually been abandoned, as a GameSpot report has suggested that the devs have collided over the direction of the game and subsequently all production has stalled.
"Despite Kahraman's public claims that the game's development is coming along, he has privately admitted Abandoned is on hold," the report reads. "He first needs to fund its development with a playable prologue, which our sources indicate he doesn't seem to be in a hurry to create."
Has Abandoned Been Cancelled?
According to PC Gamer, Blue Box Studios have again reiterated that the game isn't cancelled, and the Prologue "will be released whenever we are ready," before adding, "We are not letting speculation force us to 'prove' the game."
However, the game development continues to be in "disarray" according to GameSpot's original report. The production team seem to be split as to whether Abandoned should persist with the idea of being an indie survival-horror about a lone survivor stuck in the woods with a cult, or whether they should steer into the superintelligent AI stylistic, filled with bloodthirsty vampires.
Abandoned's production has now reportedly come to a halt as the team figures out which path to venture down, which is quite befitting for a horror game where every choice will either lead to death or a jump scare. Maybe Blue Box need a scare of their own to get their bottoms in gear.