News began surfacing over the previous week that Konami was killing off access to the P.T. Demo. And no, I’m not talking about the demo being on the PlayStation Store, I’m talking about the demo on the hard drives of PlayStation 4 gamers. Well, news has surfaced indicating that no, Konami isn’t killing access to the P.T. Demo.
This is in response to news that had been spreading that the P.T. Demo was no longer accessible on PlayStation 4 units, following an update that allegedly removed access to the demo. As pointed out by Game Informer, if this was true then it would have been a truly malicious and vindictive act.
However, it appears as if the original Reddit post where this rumor started off in the Silent Hill sub-reddit community was worrying unnecessarily. The post itself doesn’t actually accuse Konami of anything, it just states that the user can no longer access the demo following an update that took place back on October 22, 2018. Gamers were unsure what the update did or how it affected the demo, which led to some people assuming that it disabled access to the demo.
As news began to spread, other news outlets and YouTube channels began to take notice, which eventually led to people putting the blame on Konami for removing access to the demo, even though it’s not affected if it’s already installed on your PS4.
Now, this doesn’t speak to the fact that Konami did go out of its way to remove the ability to re-download the demo if it happens to be deleted from your PlayStation 4. Additionally, if you never had a chance to play the demo, you won’t ever get the chance to play it because the demo has been removed from the PlayStation Store, as well.
This was all part of Konami’s efforts to scrub any of Hideo Kojima’s recent work from the company’s profile. For those of you not in the know, Konami fired Kojima because Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain‘s budget had expanded up to $80 million, and the executives felt it was taking too long to make the game. In response, Konami shut down the production, which meant that the game wasn’t finished and everything ended one chapter too short to accommodate the executives. Konami also fired Hideo Kojima and cancelled the Silent Hills project that he was working on in collaboration with Hollywood director Guillermo del Toro.
And, while Konami may have gone out of its way to spite Kojima and fans of the P.T. Demo by prohibiting any further access to it if you haven’t already downloaded it, the company is not specifically sending out patches to prohibit you from playing the demo if it’s already installed on your PS4.