The Legacy Of PT(part I)
Playable Teaser is a survival, horror demo that silently snuck on to the Playstation store back in 2014. Released by a bogus developer (7780’s Studios), the game was shrouded in mystery. Players were unprepared for what they were about to experience. This also meant they were more vulnerable.
As an unknown protagonist, players find themselves in a never-ending corridor. Each time the player walks out the exit, they begin at the entrance of the corridor. With each loop, things change in the hallway, going from weird, to creepy, to “OMG this is F’d up.” What was ingenious about the interactive trailer was its many secrets, puzzles, and endings. Through word of mouth and the internet, the game caught a huge following. Many YouTubers and twitch users began streaming it and doing Let’s Plays. However, it wasn’t until someone found the true ending that the internet broke…
This game was the brain child between legendary video game designer Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid) and legendary horror director Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth/Hellboy). Not only that, the ending revealed Norman Reedus(The Walking Dead/Blade 2) would star as the main protagonist in what was really the next installment within the Silent Hill franchise, Silent Hills. MIC DROP. The internet was ablaze with anticipation, but alas, it was not to be.
Silent Hills was canceled due to complications between Kojima and his then employer, Konami. Adding salt to the wound, the demo was removed from the Playstation store. P.T. now only exist with those PlayStation owners who had the hindsight not to delete the game from their console’s memory. This makes P.T. a bit of a rare game and only adds to its urban legend. Though Silent Hills may never see the light of day, at least in its previous incarnation, its influence over the gaming industry and horror genre is real and palpable.
Part 2 of this post will highlight several games in development whose art, storytelling, and tone were influenced by P.T.