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Community NME: Abandoned is not Silent Hill or Metal Gear

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A new interview from NME gives us more info about what is abandoned and what's not and the most important thing is, it's not Silent hill and it's not metal gear.

Abandoned definitely isn’t a Silent Hill game… and NME has the proof.
“Abandoned is a shooter/survival game,” he told NME. “It has some horror elements in it but it’s not really a horror game. It’s not what people think – that it’s Silent Hill.”
In fact, we know exactly what it is. Hasan gave us an exclusive rundown of Abandoned including plot details, how it plays – just about everything we could ever want to know.
We can finally debunk those rumours – it’s not a Silent Hill game. It’s not Metal Gear.
Apparently Kojima isn't involved either

Kahraman insists that Hideo Kojima is not involved with Abandoned. “No,” he said when asked directly. “No, absolutely not.”
about the image of the character with an eyepatch

The now-infamous image was revealed on Twitter – depicting a blurred shot of a man wearing an eyepatch. Unfortunately, fans jumped to some very wrong conclusions.
“I do have to admit that was a big mistake,” he said. “But there’s no changing it now because it’s too late. Once it’s up, it’s up.”
Although we can’t say too much, NME can confirm that this is absolutely not an image of Solid Snake. In fact, it depicts the game’s villain. It’s also not a stock image, as many fans believed.
 

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Blue Box Game Studios head Hasan Kahraman takes us inside the mysterious PS5 shooter


The conspiracies surrounding Abandoned are truly spectacular. We’ve seen Hideo Kojima linked to the game while fans speculate that it could be the next Silent Hill or even a new Metal Gear. They couldn’t be further from the truth. Abandoned creator Hasan Kahraman struggles to deal with this on a daily basis. Now, he wants to set the record straight.
Abandoned definitely isn’t a Silent Hill game… and NME has the proof.

Abandoned is a shooter/survival game,” he told NME. “It has some horror elements in it but it’s not really a horror game. It’s not what people think – that it’s Silent Hill.”

In fact, we know exactly what it is. Hasan gave us an exclusive rundown of Abandoned including plot details, how it plays – just about everything we could ever want to know.

We can finally debunk those rumours – it’s not a Silent Hill game. It’s not Metal Gear.

After giving us a lengthy breakdown of the game’s plot, Hasan asked us to keep it to ourselves. But one thing we can say is that Abandoned is absolutely not what you think it is. Not even close.

“At first, we said it was going to be an open world game,” he explained. “But with the high-quality graphics we have now, we had to sacrifice that. It’s not really open world anymore – it’s a linear story.”

Abandoned follows the story of Jason Longfield after he awakes in a strange forest – that much was revealed already in a PlayStation blog when the game was first announced. Sinister overtones and some creepy-looking trees instantly suggest that Abandoned is some sort of survival horror. But after discussing Jason’s backstory at length, it’s clear that this isn’t a horror game at all. It’s something else entirely.

“The special thing about Abandoned is that it has a new game mechanic.”

Kahraman has touched on this before. Everything you do in the game has an effect on the player character. If you sprint, Jason gets out of breath and that, in turn, affects his aim. If he’s afraid, he’ll become nervous… and this will all affect how you’re able to play.

“The way you explore, the way you receive damage, the way you just play the game is in a whole different way,” he explained. “That is achieved by high-end motion capture. We do motion capture ourselves, and we create systems for the game based on animation data.”

Survival will be a big part of Abandoned. That much is clear. But as for the horror – there’s not much of that to be seen. Certainly not to the same degree as Silent Hill or Alan Wake.

“I think this mechanic is something really awesome. What we have so far, it’s not ready for the public to see, but once it’s polished we’ll definitely show some footage. That’s why I’m so hyped about Abandoned because it’s new.”

It’s not just Kahraman who has been hyped about Abandoned. Subreddits swirl with conspiracy theories and snippets of info about the game everyone thinks is a Hideo Kojima project.

Kahraman insists that Hideo Kojima is not involved with Abandoned. “No,” he said when asked directly. “No, absolutely not.”

But Koj himself hasn’t exactly helped matters.

“A few days ago, Hideo Kojima posted on Twitter a doll of himself where he was standing with a zipped shut mouth on a blue box and he was really vague with it,” said Kahraman. “Because of that, a lot of people assumed that he was working on our Realtime Experience. This was after the delay, and he said ‘I wanted to change a few frames on the trailer, but everyone stay calm’. I think it was his way of trying to manage the craziness, to keep everyone calm, but other than that, we don’t really work with Kojima.”


The Realtime Experience has been a real pain point for Kahraman. Originally touted as a ‘trailer app’, it’s designed to allow users to experience Abandoned footage in-engine using PS5 hardware.

The idea is that it’s better than just a video clip. “What you see is what you play”. But after a string of delays the app has received a lot of criticism – largely because it didn’t really reveal much.

“It’s been a really big disaster,” admits Kahraman. “People are really disappointed.”

That disappointment comes largely from the fact that the newly-unveiled footage was already unveiled before the Realtime Experience app launch as a four-second video on Twitter.


But Kahraman explained that this was all done with the best of intentions:

“Basically, we had to cut out some footage from the opening teaser and I knew that it wasn’t a good idea to use the same footage that we had on Twitter and put in there, because it’s literally just four seconds of footage and it doesn’t give much. But we needed to do this because people wanted to have a patch, right? That was our first priority – just get the patch out there because we will be adding more content later.”

It seems the trouble began with some technical issues… and that left Kahraman with the heart-breaking decision to get whatever they could online.

“It started with engine issues when we had the patch delay and we couldn’t really resolve that,” he said. “We weren’t alone – we had some other teams working with that so, it got really out of hand. Maybe it’s because we use Unreal Engine 5, which is in early access, which is not really recommended for a project like this. But we did it anyway because we needed the features that it had.”

“The launch didn’t go well,” he admitted. “But definitely in due time, we’ll add more content to it and people will get to see that.”

As for this new content, users will notice a number of additional sections in the Realtime Experience app – namely a Cinematic Trailer and Playable Prologue. And it seems both of those will be coming soon.

“The Cinematic Trailer will be very soon… like, really soon,” Kahraman revealed. “At first, we wanted to launch it at GamesCom but we just have to see if we can reach that. GamesCom is like, a week from now? We don’t want the same mistakes – we don’t want to announce a date and then make it really tight again for us. Because if we screw it up, then I think that it will be screwed up forever. We want to make sure that we don’t announce a date yet but it’s just really soon that the Cinematic Trailer will be up.”

“The Playable Prologue will be a short time after the Cinematic reveal,” he added. “But again – we don’t want to announce a date. The one thing I’ve learned is don’t announce something too soon, you don’t want to make it too tight for yourself. But it will be soon, yeah.”

Both of these experiences will likely help Blue Box Game Studios ease the tension surrounding this project – allowing gamers to get a better idea of what Abandoned is really all about. As of right now, the gaming community only has their own ideas. And none of them are even close to the mark.

“The eyepatch,” said Kahraman, shaking his head. “The eyepatch. Everyone immediately linked it to Solid Snake. But I was like, ‘People think it’s Silent Hill so it wouldn’t make sense if people linked it with Snake’.”


The now-infamous image was revealed on Twitter – depicting a blurred shot of a man wearing an eyepatch. Unfortunately, fans jumped to some very wrong conclusions.

“I do have to admit that was a big mistake,” he said. “But there’s no changing it now because it’s too late. Once it’s up, it’s up.”

Although we can’t say too much, NME can confirm that this is absolutely not an image of Solid Snake. In fact, it depicts the game’s villain. It’s also not a stock image, as many fans believed.

“People were like, ‘No, that’s a stock image, it was ripped from this website, I can tell’. The thing is, it’s actually a MetaHuman-powered character. He looks bald, but he actually has facial hair, and he has some hair as well. But it’s so blurred that you don’t see that. The reason it’s blurred is because we want to surprise people – we didn’t want to give it away, But people misunderstood that, so from now on we’re not going to blur anything anymore.”

In fact, misunderstandings seem to plague Blue Box. The studio has received a lot of flak in recent weeks, being labelled as “scammers” due to a string of failed game launches.

“Team members of Blue Box, and also freelancers we work with, they don’t feel comfortable to show their faces right now,” he revealed. “It’s not fun being labelled as a scammer, right? So, yeah, that’s the reason why people don’t feel comfortable right now showing their faces or even publicly announcing that they’re involved with Abandoned.”

“I’m really depressed right now,” added Kahraman. “I can’t sleep, I can’t eat. The biggest thing that’s bugging me is just that people are labelling us as scammers. That is the big thing that really, really hurts me. Because that is not my intention at all, you know?”

Abandoned
is set to launch on PS5 sometime in 2022.
 

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Yes, it's a scam instead.



There is no way Kojima was running a 6 year old ARG. This is just one guy Hasan trying to make games and failing spectacularly for 6 years. There is no team. There is no other dev. It's just Hasan.
 

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We already know the app is called Abandoned and it's not really a horror game. It's a realtime experience app for revealing trailers and demos.

The game or games that will be revealed within the app? That's another story.
 
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Game is going to be some eurojank pos you see Aris play on twitch for laughs.
 

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We need a post-mortem on this. How did team real delude itself into believing this was real? There were several red flags...
 

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Oh God. Again? I thought it was quite clear from awhile. Probably will not to be neither a decent game unfortunately.
 
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Yes, it's a scam instead.



There is no way Kojima was running a 6 year old ARG. This is just one guy Hasan trying to make games and failing spectacularly for 6 years. There is no team. There is no other dev. It's just Hasan.

What I don’t understand is why Sony would give them him a time of day and allow him to have an app?

If Hasan is a scam, he’s timed things perfectly, like release the app teaser 7 years from P.T. Used the same music Kojima did and so on
 
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What I don’t understand is why Sony would give them him a time of day and allow him to have an app?

If Hasan is a scam, he’s timed things perfectly, like release the app teaser 7 years from P.T. Used the same music Kojima did and so on
It’s clear they tried to ride the wave, starting from the completely obvious S ______ _____L thing. They let it go on because it was good publicity.

Wasn’t the app just a demo anyway or did I miss something?
 
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What I don’t understand is why Sony would give them him a time of day and allow him to have an app?

If Hasan is a scam, he’s timed things perfectly, like release the app teaser 7 years from P.T. Used the same music Kojima did and so on
Probably because they have payed for it? I guess.
 
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It’s clear they tried to ride the wave, starting from the completely obvious S ______ _____L thing. They let it go on because it was good publicity.

Wasn’t the app just a demo anyway or did I miss something?

It was literally nothing lol
 

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What I don’t understand is why Sony would give them him a time of day and allow him to have an app?

If Hasan is a scam, he’s timed things perfectly, like release the app teaser 7 years from P.T. Used the same music Kojima did and so on
Sony give tons of no-name develops the ability to release whatever they want. Abandoned isnt any different.

It wasn't 7 years to the date, and it wasn't the same music.
 
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It must be a nightmare to have this game in your studio.

He should be honest, because how I see the Situation, he will end up like Sean Murray.
 
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It went from:
Abandoned is a cinematic, first-person horror survival shooter set in a highly detailed open world environment and favours a realistic approach to survival.
To
“At first, we said it was going to be an open world game,” he explained. “But with the high-quality graphics we have now, we had to sacrifice that. It’s not really open world anymore – it’s a linear story.”
"Abandoned is a shooter/survival game,” he told NME. “It has some horror elements in it but it’s not really a horror game. It’s not what people think – that it’s Silent Hill.”
In 4 months. There is no game here.
 

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I know it sounds crazy, but for Team Real it's just another piece of evidence Kojima is behind this lol
 

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Sony give tons of no-name develops the ability to release whatever they want. Abandoned isnt any different.

It wasn't 7 years to the date, and it wasn't the same music.

P.T demo came out on August 12 so it was intentionally close, like a day later.
Not the same music, theres a bunch of music connections supposedly via twitter.

Im not sayign its a Kojima game, but either Hasan has purposely done all this to make it seems theres a connection. Or its a Kojma game lol
 

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Well, he only said it's not Solid Snake.

It can be any other Snake.

Being a villain is only a matter of perspective in MGS.
 
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I know it sounds crazy, but for Team Real it's just another piece of evidence Kojima is behind this lol
This isn’t our first rodeo, it was only a few months ago when he first tried this and even convinced Reddit to close their thread.
 
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And this is why Nintendo should be respected above all.
No need for secrecy and dumb fake marketing to promote their games.

PT worked because it came out of nowhere, and revealed a Silent HIll game at the end of the demo. Simple as that.
This is stretching it too far, and Sony is probably thinking they'll be considered "geniuses" for pulling this out.
 
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If all evidence shows it's not and we are told it's not, surely that means that it is?
 
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