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P.T.
PT Title Card

AKA
Playable Teaser
Developer
7780s Studio
(Kojima Productions)
Publisher
Konami
Release date
August 12th, 2014
Platforms
PlayStation 4

P.T. was a free interactive teaser, exclusive to PlayStation 4. Originally proclaimed to be a new I.P. created by "7780s Studios", completing the teaser reveals the truth: that the studio is fake, and the initials in the title spell "Playable Teaser". P.T. is ultimately revealed to be a teaser of Silent Hills. It was not formally a Silent Hill game, though it is connected to the series.

It was removed from the PlayStation Store on April 29, 2015, following the announcement of Silent Hills' cancellation by Konami.[1]

Plot

The Never-ending hallway

The never-ending hallway appearing in its normal state.

P.T. begins with a cutscene that shows the unnamed protagonist waking up in a dark hollow room. The protagonist then gets out to find a narrow, L-shaped hallway which appears to be in a loop. The hallway is also connected to a bathroom containing a moving fetus in the sink.

On the radio, a news broadcast details on how two families were slaughtered by their respective fathers. Much of the plot of P.T. is told through connecting-the-dots and radio broadcasts, however, some aspects of the plot are left to player interpretation and speculation.

Later on, paranormal activity begins to occur, which includes the appearance of a manifestation of the mother from a murdered family, the corridor becoming endless and the lights glowing red. Mysterious broadcasts also emerge from the radio.

After the protagonist solves the final puzzle, a cutscene shows him in Silent Hill, presumably unaware of where he is. He looks over his shoulder and continues making his way into the town.

Gameplay

P.T. is in a first person perspective. There are no weapons or combat system because, as Hideo Kojima explained, when players have weapons in their possession it lessens the sense of fear and helplessness.

The goal of the game is to explore the hallway and its loops until a phone rings. By zooming in on the phone, the player can hear the message, "You've been chosen." Immediately after the message, the final door unlocks and the Silent Hills trailer can be watched. Because the requirements for the phone call are vague, playthroughs of the game can range anywhere from 30 minutes to even five hours. Lisa also haunts the hallway and can attack the protagonist at any moment. If Lisa attacks the protagonist, the player experiences a startling jump scare and is sent back to the beginning of the current loop so there is no progress lost.

Players noted that, despite the varying solutions needed to finish the final puzzle, there are at least 3 circumstances players must fulfill:

  1. The final puzzle must be done after the clock strikes midnight.
  2. Players must trigger a baby's laughing 3 times to ring the phone. Many players noted that the baby would laugh by doing these action: walk 10 steps after the clock strikes 0:00 (1st laugh), locate the source of the haunting and whisper "Jarith" or "Lisa" to the microphone (2nd laugh), stand still while not adjusting the camera until the baby laughs (3rd laugh). Note: Do not let Lisa attack you.
  3. Once the phone rings, zoom into the phone to answer it. After hearing "You've been chosen", head down to the door to end the game.

P.T. was also datamined and there is evidence supporting that the player should say "Jack", not "Jarith".

There is also an optional puzzle known as The Six Fragments.

Development

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P.T.

P.T. was developed by Kojima Productions under the fake studio "7780 Studios". Kojima revealed that 7780 Studios received its name from the square kilometer area of Shizuoka, a Japanese prefecture which literally translates to "Quiet Hills". Many Japanese people simply refer to the horror game series as Shizuoka.

Kojima expected the demo to take at least a week to beat and admitted he was surprised the demo was beaten the day it was released.[2]

Kojima revealed that the graphics were intentionally toned down to give the impression the demo was being developed by an indie studio.[3]

Reception

P.T. received a great deal of praise, especially for its realistic graphics which may be considered photo-realistic, as well as its scary atmosphere. Many P.T. players worked together to analyze the plot and the game's puzzles and mysteries.

When P.T. was removed from the PlayStation Store, this sparked much outrage and disappointment as many felt Konami was going too far and didn't need to remove it entirely. It also opened a discussion on the preservation and accessibility of video games, mainly on digital storefronts where publishers may remove and remove video games at their own discretion, a practice known as "delisting".

Trivia

  • A fan recreated the hallway from P.T. for PC, allowing players to have a sample of what the game was like.[4] However, it is not the full game. Another fan recreated the full game on RPG Maker VX Ace, calling it Silent Memories.[5]
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has a radio broadcast from P.T.[6] This is actually the second reference between the two series (see God's trivia section and Chapel's gallery).
  • In addition, the chandelier sound from P.T. can also be heard in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

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Data

Silent Hill games v · e · d
Main series Silent Hill · 2 · 3 · 4 · Origins · Homecoming · Shattered Memories · Downpour
Ports / Adaptations Play Novel · Mobile · HD Collection
Spin-offs The Arcade · Orphan · 2 · 3 · The Escape · Book of Memories
Cancelled Silent Hills (P.T.)
Production Konami · Team Silent · Climax Studios · Double Helix · Vatra Games · WayForward Technologies
Extras Inspirations · Features

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