For those of you who know me well enough already, you knew I would write about this. Konami surprised us all when they announced a Silent Hill Transmission show. We all waited in anticipation for the news after all the rumors over the last year, especially a Silent Hill 2 remake. I can safely say, the company didn’t disappoint. Well, for many of us, anyway.
The first announcement of the live announcement was the Silent Hill 2 remake we were anticipating. It looks like we’re getting fresh visuals while retaining the same “behind-the-shoulder” camera movements. Red Pyramid Head is making a return, of course, and he definitely received a face-lift, so to speak.
The second bit of news is related to the remake. Return to Silent Hill will be Christophe Gans’ second movie, the third in the film series. From the trailer and the teaser poster, it looks like it’s also going to be based on Silent Hill 2. If you recall, we mentioned in a recent article that Gans did an interview about this movie, which is where he leaked news about upcoming Silent Hill games.
So, with what we suspected was coming out of the way, we waited to see what more was on the horizon. Silent Hill Townfall caught us by surprise, but the trailer doesn’t really give too much away. The name suggests it maybe has to do with the time when the town started burning and things went wrong.
Konami then treated us to Silent Hill Ascension. Not much is clear on this title, except for two main points I noted. One, it will be a multiplayer experience where choices are permanent and you can’t reset. Two, the same team that worked on Silent Hill for Dead by Daylight will be involved.
Finally, we heard about Silent Hill f. I’m not sure if that’s going to be the actual name of the game, but that’s what we saw in the trailer. It was an exciting preview of what seems to take place in Japan instead of America. It’s definitely a game I’m looking forward to playing.
The other news had to do with Silent Hill merchandise, but I’m more interested in the games and movie. From all this fuss, it seems there’s a rising interest in my Silent Hill novels I’m working on, specifically the first one. It’s a bit of a crazy day for all of us SH fans, with Facebook groups blowing up with their reactions. Many of them are happy, but there are still those that you can never satisfy and will always find something to be upset about.
As I’m writing this, PlayStation Blog just published an interview with Konami producer, Motoi Okamoto, and Mateusz Lenart, Creative Director of the Bloober Team for the Silent Hill projects. You may want to give that a read for more insight into what’s to come.