Aeropause is reporting that Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka is leaving Konami, sourcing a unnamed contact from Konami Japan. Yamaoka has worked for Konami as a sound designer for the past 16 years, known best for the haunting melodies and thick industrial ambience that give the Silent Hill series its unique audible character.
Anyone who’s played a Silent Hill game knows that Yamaoka and Silent Hill are like peanut butter and jelly, so even though this is still a rumor, there’s still plenty of reason to be concerned if you’re a fan of the series. At the time of this writing, there has been no confirmation from Konami, and no reason has been given for Yamaoka’s alleged departure as of yet. So whether he’s displeased with the direction the series has been going in or merely moving on to new projects, we’ll have to wait for an official statement from Konami to know for sure.