Konami Says There Was No Attempt to Kill P.T. on Halloween

Konami Says There Was No Attempt to Kill P.T. on Halloween

The company denies releasing an update disabling P.T.

A couple of days ago on Halloween, reports began to spread that Konami pushed a kill switch update that would disable the remaining copies of the cancelled P.T. Silent Hills demo still downloaded on PS4 consoles. Konami denies these reports.

When reports began coming out that the P.T. demo was no longer playable after a mysterious update we reached out to Konami for clarification. In a statement to USgamer, Konami says: "After our investigation we can confirm that there have been no Konami or PlayStation Network(PSN) update that would have affected or prevent access to the game."

Around Halloween stories began circulating on Twitter and Reddit that P.T. was being updated mysteriously, but not with new content. Instead one user on the Silent Hill subreddit claimed the update disabled their copy of P.T; making it unplayable even if you already had the demo downloaded onto your PS4.

The news was shared online and on Twitter, but many others seemed to have conflicting reports. A lot of other PS4 players who had a downloaded copy of P.T. on their consoles claimed their game worked just fine or that there was no such update.

Others online suggested there were other reasons that some players couldn't play P.T. anymore and that it might be related to the PSN name change beta which comes with some hefty technical issues with existing games and digital purchases.

Meanwhile rumors of Konami disabling the P.T. update, especially on Halloween, was read as another insult to long-suffering Silent Hill fans. P.T., or Silent Hills, was originally announced in 2014 via P.T. which at the time was being advertised as a new IP. P.T. was terrifying. Silent Hills was being developed by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro and was set to star The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus.

Unfortunately, Kojima left Konami soon after and Silent Hills was cancelled. Later Konami removed P.T. from the PSN store preventing anyone from downloading the demo afterwards.

Kojima, del Toro, and Reedus are working together on Death Stranding. You can read our everything we know about Death Stranding guide for the latest on Kojima's mysterious new game.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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