During today’s showcase, which was presented as a live stream but eventually turned into a 48 minute video, we saw news about a remake, a new movie, an interactive live experience, some merch and a brand new game all within the Silent Hill universe.
The first announcement came as a little surprise: Bloober Team, the studio developing Layers of fear and, more recently, The medium, is working on a remake of Silent Hill 2. No word on a release date yet, but it’s worth noting that the game will be available exclusively on PS5 and PC for the first 12 months after release. The Silent Hill 2 remake announcement was compounded by news that Konami has re-teamed with Christophe Gans – director of Silent Hill (2006) — to make a new movie based on Silent Hill 2.
After a lengthy chat with Gans and his vision for Silent Hill 2, Konami shared all the fun merchandise it plans to release with, what’s more, a whole lot of what’s probably ridiculously expensive but damn cool footage of everyone’s favorite wearer of a triangle. helmet – sort of… pyramid head if you will.
The presentation also shared that Konami is working on two completely new Silent Hill experiences. Silent Hill: Ascension seems to be an interactive, multiplayer, visual novel-like game where fans can decide what happens and who lives and dies with no “reset button”. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but it sounds like Konami made it happen Until sunrise a multiplayer game. Much less was said about the second game, Silent Hill: Townfall, but it is being developed in collaboration with No Code Studio and Annapurna Interactive.
To wrap up the presentation, we got a quick look at a brand new Silent Hill game that isn’t a remake or movie or an interactive choose-your-own-adventure… thing. Silent Hill F seemingly takes place in Japan (and therefore far away from the titular foggy city), and the ending of the trailer features a rough disturbing moment when a girl’s flesh falls from her face. There are also disgusting times when spore-like tentacles grow out of round holes in discarded bodies before growing into red spider lilies. Trypophobes beware. Seriously.
New updates to the Silent Hill franchise have been a long time coming. There hasn’t been a new game in the series since 2012, and in 2014 it looked like the franchise was about to get a serious revival with the release of the wildly popular PT. — a demo for the Guillermo del Toro / Hideo Kojima project known at the time as silent hills. However, probably due to Kojima’s unconditional departure from Konami, silent hills was cancelled, and the PT demo has been removed from PlayStation Store, a sin Silent Hill fans still haven’t forgiven apparently. From that moment on, Silent Hill has been living in limbo, which, if you think about it, seems appropriate.
Earlier this year, Silent Hill was once again shaken from his grave of insecurity as screenshots started circulating on social media purporting to be a Silent Hill game in the making. The screenshots have been deleted, give credibility to their origins. With today’s press conference, it looks like the rumors were correct (and that Konami has a not-great op-sec). It’s neat that the franchise is making its big return. Looking forward to meeting Pyramid Head this new generation of monsters… loved ones.