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Guillermo del Toro, Norman Reedus, Hideo Kojima team up for new Silent Hill

Prepare to get crazy-excited about Silent Hill again. Guillermo del Toro, Hideo Kojima, and Norman Reedus are all involved in the next installment.

Silent Hills screenshot
Just look at that steely squint. Just look at it. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

What's the ominous scraping sound coming from the darkness behind you? Could it be Pyramid Head dragging the Great Knife behind him? No. It's actually the sound of famous film director Guillermo del Toro sneaking up on you to announce the newest game in the Silent Hill franchise. Welcome to Silent Hills. Yes, it's plural this time.

The news emerged after a bit of a treasure hunt spurred by Sony's reveal of a mysterious new first-person horror game called "P.T." at Gamescom in Germany. The company offered up a vague trailer and an interactive teaser on PlayStation Network. Completing the teaser revealed a new trailer that indicates all the hints are actually just a sneaky way to announce a new Silent Hill.

Even if you're a big tough gamer and aren't prone to squeeing, you'll probably squee at least a little upon watching the teaser for Silent Hills. It opens with some semi-creepy dialogue over a black screen and then moves along to a flashlight in the dark. We see a desolate town. Halfway through and nothing much exciting has happened, yet.

Hideo Kojima's name is the first to appear. You may know him from the Metal Gear series. He's kind of a big deal. It's enough to catch your interest. Next, Guillermo del Toro's name pops up. Yes, the director of "Hellboy," "Pan's Labyrinth," and "Pacific Rim" is involved. Your heart should be picking up a few steps here.

Then, boom! The character whose footsteps we've been following in the teaser trailer turns around and it's Daryl Dixon from "The Walking Dead." Okay, it's actually a computer-generated version of the actor who plays Daryl, Norman Reedus. We've got some serious pedigree for this new game.

The final cap on the proceedings is the reveal that Silent Hill is becoming Silent Hills, which should set off some rampant fan speculation as to what that plural is referring to. Even if the last couple of installments of the Silent Hill series failed to goose your gaming heart, you pretty much have to be thrilled about the potential for the new game. Now, we're just waiting on more details about the release date, storyline, and del Toro's involvement. It's going to feel like an eternity.

(Via Bloody Disgusting)