After ten years in exile, fans of the grueling psychological horror can finally pack their bags: Silent Hill is open to visitors again. During a YouTube presentation Wednesday night, Konami announced a reboot of the acclaimed sequel, Silent Hill 2, and two new adventures, Silent Hill Townfall and Silent Hill F. A new movie liaison, Return to Silent Hill, and an interactive live-stream series, Silent Hill Ascension, have also been teased.
The remake is being developed by Polish studio Bloober Team, known for horror titles like Blair Witch and The Medium. Also involved are key members of the original Silent Hill development team, including composer Akira Yamaoka and concept artist Masahiro Ito, best known for his creation of Silent Hill’s most infamous monster, Pyramid Head.
During an interview video shown as part of the presentation, Bloober Team Creative Director Mateusz Lenart explained that while the studio wanted to stay true to the atmosphere of the original game, certain elements were modified for the modern era; This would involve a switch from a third-person camera to an over-the-shoulder point of view. “We want the game to be as strong today as the original was 21 years ago,” he said. A post on the PlayStation Blog added more details, including the game being developed using the new Unreal Engine 5.
There was no information on a release date, but the game will be released on PC and PS5, the latter as a console exclusive for 12 months.
The first of two new Silent Hill titles, subtitled Townfall, is being developed by No Code, the Glasgow-based studio behind the chilling adventures Stories Untold and Observation, in collaboration with producer Annapurna Interactive. A teaser trailer featuring a retro handheld TV gave little away, and no details were given about a release date or platforms. The second new title, Silent Hill F, is set in Japan and is written by Ryukishi07, author of the When They Cry visual novel series. Another teaser suggested a combination of Japanese mythology and the Swedish folk horror film Midsommar. Again, no release date was mentioned.
Two new spin-offs were also announced. A movie is on the way, Return to Silent Hill, from director Christophe Gans, who is responsible for the original Silent Hill movie. Several media companies, including interactive livestream specialist Genvid and JJ Abrams-founded Bad Robot, are also collaborating on an interactive streaming series called Silent Hill Ascension, which is due to begin next year and will allow viewers to follow the narrative as it unfolds to change it happens.
During the broadcast, producer Motoi Okamoto confirmed that Konami is working with other developers around the world on additional Silent Hill projects to be announced.
The Silent Hill series was dormant for a decade, with the last installment, the poorly received Silent Hill: Downpour, coming out in 2012. At that time, a reboot of the series titled Silent Hills went into development at Kojima Productions Studio founded by Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima. This project was announced via a short playable demo titled PT, released in 2014 and widely regarded as the scariest video game experience of all time. However, a year later, Silent Hills was canceled due to reports of declining morale and poor working environments at Konami studios.
For a few years, it looked like Konami was more interested in its hugely profitable pachinko machine business than the somewhat unpredictable video game market. Two years ago, however, rumors began to circulate that the publisher would be relaunching three of its major video game franchises – Metal Gear, Castlevania and Silent Hill – with numerous projects and development studios mentioned but no official confirmations. At the time, gaming news sites were speculating that there might be more than one new Silent Hill title in development, including a reboot or a sequel to the main series.
But only on Sunday evening a tweet from the official Silent Hill accountShe, beginning with the provocative phrase, “In your restless dreams, do you see this city?” promised an official announcement video. Konami may not have been to Silent Hill in a decade, but after the 45-minute stream, the extent of his commitment to this eerie little town became very clear indeed.
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