Rumors circulated online recently that Silent Hills development had moved over to Xbox One to become a Microsoft exclusive. Microsoft has flatly denied the rumor.
Responding to tweets about the rumor online, Microsoft's head of Xbox Phil Spencer wrote, "Sorry, this isn't true. Not sure where the rumor started but I don't want to mislead anyone." Microsoft often responds to rumors, even unsubstantiated ones, with the typical PR line, "We do not comment on rumors and speculation." Spencer's straightforward response lends extra weight to the unfortunate death of the rumor.
Silent Hills was recently cancelled by Konami, despite an incredible amount of buzz surrounding the project after the release of its playable teaser.
I definitely want to see Silent Hills come back to life, and moving over to Microsoft wouldn't have been outside of the realm of possibility. It would have been a huge exclusive steal for Xbox One, but I am not surprised to see the rumor collapse. I do hope, however, that the appearance of the rumor gives Microsoft some ideas and it pursues action to eventually complete the game with the original team – Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro, and Norman Reedus. For Now Silent Hills remains dead, but I do hope it finds life at some point in the future.