Amateur Developer Gets Project Pulled By Konami And Offered Internship
P.T. was a 2014 psychological horror PlayStation 4 game developed by Hideo Kojima as a prequel to his cancelled Silent Hills project, a new instalment in the Silent Hill franchise.
Recently, a 17-year old amateur developer, Qimsar, had been developing a new take on the game for PC - until he received a phone call from Konami requesting he cease production on the title.
It looked like all was lost for the 17-year-old, until Konami gave him one hell of a silver lining - an internship at the company.
The team had been sufficiently impressed by the work he had served up so far and offered him a placement on their roster, one of the biggest gaming companies in the world, as well as some free clothes and merchandise.
Qimsar told Games Radar about the exciting experience: "I was told that he and many other people at Konami saw and really liked my remake, but legit due to legal issues that were out of his or anybody else's control really, he had to ask me to take down my remake project. I said I would be willing to do so.
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"From there, the conversation went from really bad for me to really really good... a freakin' internship for me with Konami."
Before he had to pull production, Qimsar had put around 180 hours into the project - and was nearing completion. A video was posted last week showing the progress so far - an impressive achievement and very much worth the effort regardless of the placement.
Hopefully we'll keep seeing Qimsar's name in credits for games in the coming years.
Before the Silent Hills project was cancelled, a demo was in the PSN store for a few months before being erased. Several other fan projects are working on trying to replicate the experience but none have made it as far as Qimsar.
Words by Will Stevenson