Last year, the newly formed Bokeh Game Studio, founded by Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama, debuted the first trailer for its upcoming horror game, Slitterhead. While it’s hard to make out exactly what the game’s about, it features plenty of grotesque and nightmarish imagery that caught the attention of horror enthusiasts. It looks like Bokeh Game Studio could now be collaborating with famed horror manga artist, Junji Ito.
The studio’s Twitter account recently posted a mysterious image which happens to be a panel from one of Ito’s manga stories, suggesting that Bokeh Game Studio might be teasing a possible collaboration with the Japanese artist, either on Slitterhead or another project.
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Junji Ito was actually (loosely) involved with the Silent Hill franchise at one point as he was set to collaborate with Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro on the cancelled Silent Hills. It’s worth noting that some employees at Bokeh Game Studio are actually former Team Silent developers that also worked on Silent Hills in some capacity.
— Bokeh Game Studio (@BokehGameStudio) September 28, 2023
It’s believed that Ito might be working with Toyama on Slitterhead, which doesn’t have a release date yet. With this tease, hopefully we get an official confirmation of Ito’s involvement in the project soon.
Slitterhead debuted its announcement trailer at The Game Awards 2021, catching the attention of the Silent Hill community due to Toyama’s name attached as a director. Toyama is also credited as the director of the first Silent Hill game and the creator of other franchises including Siren and Gravity Rush.
There are currently multiple Silent Hill projects in the works including a Silent Hill 2 remake from The Medium developer Bloober Team, Silent Hill: Townfall from Annapurna Interactive and Silent Hill F, the mysterious new entry being written by Higurashi writer Ryukishi07.
Source: Bokeh Game Studio