Will Akira Yamaoka return to Silent Hill now that it’s back in the hands of Konami Entertainment Tokyo? Like all hardcore fans, I sincerely hope so. I reached out to the master himself to find out.
I received the following message from Akira last night:
It’s still undecided about it
Sure, I’s be happy to!
Fans will remember that Yamaoka quit Konami and therefore the Silent Hill franchise back in 2009 and has been working on other video game and live projects ever since. (Update: He did work under contract for Love Psalm on Silent Hill: Book of Memories and also Silent Hill: Revelation) He has often been quoted as saying that he would gladly compose for Silent Hill again, if asked. Obviously he hasn’t changed his mind.
Yamaoka’s love for the series, as well as its fans is apparent with the forming of the Silent Hill Band and their recent appearances across the world. So what’s left to decide? We may never know the whole story behind his resignation from Konami, and to be honest, it’s none of my business. Anyone who left a job after more than 10 years has GOT to have a bad taste in their mouth but out of respect, he probably wouldn’t bad mouth Konami to the public. We also know that Yamaoka is a busy, busy man, currently working on the soundtrack for Murasaki Baby.
Not surprisingly, I wasn’t the only one asking if he’d be returning as composer, as he posted on Twitter:
Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of messages or inquiries about my possible recent activities. Trust me, I read them all.
— Akira Yamaoka (@AkiraYamaoka) August 14, 2014
He then added, in gratitude:
I’m so lucky and blessed to have everyone who loves my music.Thank you all sooooo much!Let me just say I am very very grateful for everyone! — Akira Yamaoka (@AkiraYamaoka) August 14, 2014
Silent Hills is tentatively scheduled to release in 2016. As of this moment, Hideo Kojima is listening to the fans and has most likely talked to Akira Yamaoka about it before now. Let’s hope that whatever needs to be decided works out in our favor.
Although I’m a fan of Daniel Licht and he did a wonderful job with the last two soundtracks, Yamaoka IS Silent Hill. Please come back to us!!