Version 1.01 of the application allegedly locks P.T.
A report of a new patch rendering P.T. unplayable, even if the game is already installed on your PlayStation 4, is circulating the internet.
A Reddit post from user PopulusTrichocapra was posted on r/SilentHill a few days ago, claiming that they couldn’t access P.T. (the “Playable Teaser” for the unreleased Silent Hills game) on their PS4 with an accompanying screenshot of the locked game. The picture shows that this is version 1.01 of P.T., that the latest update occurred on October 22, 2018, and that the application is ineligible to start up.
IGN checked our own PS4s with P.T. loaded and were not prompted to download any kind of update when accessing the game, with no update appearing even when we searched for one. The game, which remains fully playable on our consoles, is appearing as version 1.00 – many commenters on the Reddit thread are giving similar reports.
Because the date of PopulusTrichocapra’s alleged P.T. update is displayed in the day/month/year format (as opposed to the US month/day/year format), it’s probable they live in a different geographical region, suggesting this patch could be releasing in waves to various specific regions. This report should be taken with a grain of salt considering there’s not much evidence outside of the thread that a P.T. kill patch is making the rounds.
P.T. was quietly announced and released in 2014, though once players downloaded the free demo they discovered the frightening experience was really a teaser for what would have been Hideo Kojima’s Silent Hills. By the beginning of September, it had been downloaded over 1 million times.
After Kojima’s falling out with Konami, Silent Hills was canceled and P.T. was removed from the PlayStation Store. It can no longer be downloaded by users who used to have a copy of the teaser, and can only be accessed by those who have a PS4 that still has a copy, or one that has had its data transferred to a new system.
Colin Stevens is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.