Blue Box Studios said reports that its Silent Hill-like horror game Abandoned had been canceled were false, and that it just had to delay its plans to fully reveal the game and release the prologue chapters.
Concerns about possible cancellations emerged earlier this week, when fans noticed Blue Box Deleted most of the tweets Details of Abandoned’s plans, including a playable demo to be released soon.This has led to speculation that the project is actually some kind of scam and that the game doesn’t actually exist.
After a day of silence, Blue Box responded to the rumor with a message on Twitter. The studio said the game was still in development and apologized for delaying the promised reveal and release.
“Our response to the latest Abandonment rumours being dismissed is that these rumours are false,” the studio wrote. “We’re presenting through the live experience of the app and online channels as well as the game’s prologue. These were originally planned for the first quarter of 2022, but unfortunately we weren’t ready because we underestimated our development roadmap. We therefore delayed the unveiling of Obsolete: Prologue. : Prologue Release it when it is stable, good and ready.”
Our response to cancellation rumors: pic.twitter.com/EuiY8Squ52March 31, 2022
In an email to PC Gamer, Blue Box clarified that Abandoned: Prologue is “not a demo, but a standalone game,” although it’s clearly smaller than Abandoned’s “full game” experience. It also confirmed that Abandoned and Prologue are in development for PC, although there are no release targets yet.
“Abandoned is being developed independently for PS5 and PC,” the studio said. “We don’t have an ETA for the PC version yet.”
Interestingly, the studio said the PC version won’t be released on Steam, but “more likely” via the Epic Games Store. It also clarified that the planned live experience — the studio plans to fully reveal the Abandoned title, presumably similar to Silent Hill’s “playable trailer” — will be exclusive to PS5 and “won’t be on PC” see the sun”.
This isn’t the first time Blue Box and Abandoned have been at the center of fan-driven rumors and accusations. Shortly after the game’s 2021 release, the Silent Hill community was convinced that the game was in fact a revival of the cancelled Hideo Kojima project, and although the studio insisted it had nothing to do with it, rumors persisted for weeks that it had anything to do with Kojima, Konami or Other things related to Silent Hill.