P.T.98 "Demake" Takes Gamers Back to Early Days of Horror

The Silent Hills P.T. demo has been re-imagined with PlayStation-era graphics.

By L.B. Lubomski

In August of 2014, a free game was released by 7780s Studio on the PlayStation Network. That game, simply called P.T. (an acroymn for "playable teaser"), was eventually discovered to be a demo for Konami's now-cancelled Silent Hills. Directed by Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima in conjunction with Guillermo del Toro, and starring The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus, Silent Hills was hyped up as the next big thing for horror video games. Sadly, the game was cancelled in 2015 due to Kojima's departure from Konami as well as a restructuring of the company. P.T. was soon pulled from the PlayStation Network and is unavailable to play unless it remains on one's PS4 harddrive. The trio is continuing their work together with Death Stranding, but for many gamers, the loss of P.T. and Silent Hills has been a difficult blow.

For those fans who never got to try the original P.T. demo or are just looking for something new realted to Silent Hills, look no further than P.T.98. The game's developer, Toni Kortelahti, refers to is as a "demake" and has lovingly recreated some of the infamous P.T. as if it were a PlayStation game from 1998. It is a low-res love letter to survival horror games and does a great job capturing the feel of the original P.T. demo. In some ways, the "bad graphics" make the game even scarier and will remind survival horror gamers of their roots. In an interview with IGN, Kortelahti admitted like many others he "never got to play P.T. and as a huge Hideo Kojima fan that bums me out to no end, so I guess doing a demake and studying the game is as close as I'm going to get."

The coolest part about P.T.98 is that you can play it in your Internet browser right now without having to download anything! At this point, there's really no excuse not to try it out. What did you think of P.T.98? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author

L.B. Lubomski

Lawrence "L.B." Lubomski is an avid horror movie fan, gamer, musician, historian, and aspiring author. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, L.B. was exposed to the works of local filmmaker and godfather of zombie cinema George A. Romero early on. He has since developed a particular fondness for Italian zombie/cannibal and slasher films. This passion for horror extends into other media, from survival horror video games such as Resident Evil to horror-inspired musical artists. In his spare time, L.B. pursues many interests including building his collection of vinyl records, action figures, and vintage video games as well as drumming in various local bands.