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  • Abandonware: Because of the cancellation of the game, P.T. was delisted from the PlayStation Store. One week after that, it was no longer available for download.
  • Actor Allusion: Norman Reedus previously starred in another video game with first-person view.
  • Dueling Games: P.T. appeared to be this with Five Nights at Freddy's, due to the demo being released in the same week. Made even stranger by the fact that Silent Hills cancellation was announced the same day as the announcement of Five Nights at Freddy's 4.
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  • Dream Team: Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro, Junji Ito, and Norman Reedus all worked on this project together... And then Konami cancelled it.
  • Executive Meddling: Konami's restructuring to focus on elevating the Konami brand over the studios that make their games led to a falling out between the company and Hideo Kojima, resulting in the game's cancellation.
  • Fan Nickname: Some refer to the unnamed protagonist of P.T. as "Norman", since he's directly modeled on Norman Reedus.
  • Follow the Leader: P.T. has proven really influential for a cancelled game: it inspired several imitators set in small, deceptively mundane Eldritch Locations, like Allison Road and even big budget titles like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
  • I Knew It!: There had been rumors for years that Kojima was looking into developing a game in the Silent Hill series.
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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The demo was delisted from the PlayStation Store, and a week after that, couldn't even be downloaded by those who paid for it.
  • Lying Creator:
    • The game was originally announced as P.T., by an unknown developer called "7780s Studio". However, similar to The Phantom Pain and "Moby Dick Studio" in 2012, the game turned out to be another Kojima Productions project.
    • Konami said that development of Silent Hills would continue "with or without Kojima". With the game's cancellation, it's safe to say that wasn't the case, as Del Toro and Reedus were only in on the project because Kojima had invited them in the first place.
  • Screwed by the Network: Thanks to Kojima and Konami's fallout, the game was cancelled.
  • Spiritual Successor:
    • A few months after the abandonment of the Silent Hills project, a little known team of British developers named Lilith LTD revealed they were working on a little-known game called Allison Road. The internet positively exploded with excitement upon figuring out that the game basically is to be set out in the same way that P.T. was.
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    • Kojima Productions' next project Death Stranding is shaping up to be an official one. Both deal with Surreal Horror and fatherhood, Guillermo del Toro is involved, and Norman Reedus plays the main character.
  • Streisand Effect: Konami's attempt to wipe both Silent Hills and P.T. out have failed epically. Now, fans are trying to circulate and preserve "the coolest game you'll never get to play" by any means necessary. Sales of consoles that had the game pre-downloaded have reached prices in the thousands of dollars, and dozens of developer teams have worked countless hours diligently for free on finding ways to copy the game from saved consoles, remaking it from the ground up, or making games to keep the spirit of the project alive.
  • Un-Canceled: The game was going to be the first Silent Hill title developed by an internal Konami studio since 2004, before being Un-Un-Cancelled.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • At this point, the entire game. How it would've turned out is a mystery, as the teaser was stated to not be representative of how the final version would look/play like.
    • Del Toro confirmed on his Twitter account that Junji Ito was going to be the main artist for the game.

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