After several years of waiting, Konami has finally resurrected the Silent Hill series! They’ve announced a remake of the original Silent Hill 2, as well as upcoming titles such as Silent Hill f, Silent Hill: Townfall, Silent Hill: Ascension, and a new movie called Return to Silent Hill. This surely is a treat for Silent Hill fans!
The video game company has officially confirmed that the Silent Hill 2 remake, which is developed by Bloober Team, will be available to put in your wishlist on October 20, for the PC and the PS5.
Bloober Team's creative director, Mateusz Lenart, explained during an interview shown as part of the presentation, that while the studio wanted to remain true to the ambience of the original game, specific aspects were being altered for the modern era, including a shift from a third-person camera to an 'over-the-shoulder' perspective. 'We want the game to make the same strong impression today as the original did 21 years ago,' he said. More information was added to the PlayStation blog, along with the development of the game using the latest Unreal Engine 5.
The 'Transmission' livestream began with the iconic image of the Silent Hill 2 protagonist James Sunderland looking into a mirror, wanting to know if his wife Mary is expecting him. He then strolls through a creepy town's foggy roadways before we are shown some clips of familiar scenic views rendered amazingly in advanced graphics. Unfortunately, the trailer was quick to finish, and the game will be PlayStation and PC exclusive for 12 months after its release.
“When it came to reviving Silent Hill, what we saw as most important was to do so together with those who love the series. Silent Hill had been, if you will, ”silent” for many years. Yet, even during that silence, we had been receiving proposals for new entries and remakes. This is truly a franchise that is beloved by so many fans,” Konami producer Motoi Okamoto said.
Konami also discussed and revealed other projects which are currently in the works. No Code, the creators of Observation and Stories Untold, teased Silent Hill: Townfall. 'Details on this project are scarce, but if you're familiar with No Code's previous work, you can expect deep psychological horror,' according to the studio's creative director John McKellen.
Another ambitious project revealed by Konami was Return to Silent Hill, a film directed by Christophe Gans, who also served as the writer and director of Silent Hill (2006).
The 'Transmission' livestream concluded with the final announcement of a brand-new Silent Hill title called 'Silent Hill f. Peaceful and aesthetic showed a girl wandering through a foggy town; gradually, invasive tentacles emerge, preceded by scarlet-red fungal overgrowths. The short trailer concludes with a snapshot of the girl's flowery corpse as her face's flesh blooms like a flower. Silent Hill f is being developed by Neobards Entertainment, following a story by Ryukishi07, creature and character design by Kera, and production overseen by Konami producer Motoi Okamoto.