After the Stream that happened last October 19, the expectations for the resurrection of the Silent Hill franchise went through the roof. After so many years of disappointment from Konami, the developer didn’t disappoint the fans and decided to come back with everything.
Therefore, in this list, we will see what are all the news we have about the four new Silent Hill games and the new Silent Hill movie, which promise to turn the world of horror and regain that glory that they had already lost several years ago.
Silent Hill Townfall
The first of them comes from an established studio in the video game industry as Annapurna Studios, although under the command and direction of No Code. The indie developer has signed two very interesting bets such as Observation and Stories Untold, and now they will take us to the town of fog with a psychological adventure.
Both games have already flirted with well-spun and brainy plots, and it seems that the team will keep that profile for this game. In this case, Jon Mckellan, creative director of the developer, has commented on wanting to have the first Silent Hill as a guide, although with a facelift according to the new times and what the studio knows how to do.
Silent Hill F
All games have unknowns to be cleared up, but we are talking about the only game with an oriental studio leading the development: NeoBards Entertainment. You may not be familiar with the name, but the Taiwanese are responsible for releasing RE: Verse, which has had very mixed reviews.
At the moment, we don’t know what the letter F refers to, but what we do know is that it will completely change the setting. The Team Silent studio’s fixation with the more central United States will now take us to Japan in the 60s. A change of scenery that shows that this is Konami’s real bet for the future of the saga.
It is not only the change of setting but the team behind it. The game will be led by Ryūkishi07, a famous Japanese writer who will sign the script; Motoi Okamoto, writer of Pikmin 2 and programmer of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
Silent Hill Ascension
While all Silent Hill, with the exception of the one developed by Bloober Team, are practically unknown, Ascension, was the one that left the most confusion. From what we know, although for the moment there is no official confirmation, we are facing an interactive story that will change depending on the narrative and, apparently, decisions. It is a much smaller development and will have no relation, at least for now, with the remake or any other installment.
In this case, it is a mix of studios. While the rest of the games are led by one or two teams at most, Ascension is made up of Genvid, Bad Robot Games, Behaviour Interactive, and DJ2 Entertainment. Of course, the most striking name is that of the creators of Dead by Daylight.
Thanks to that and the graphics and general gameplay, we can think that its style will make it an asymmetric horror game. But also, taking into account the predisposition of other developers to film and audiovisual media, it is expected to be a story more focused on the story and decisions and that the gameplay becomes something less, which would encompass it more in a style similar to Until Dawn, Man of Medan or The Quarry, among others.
Return to Silent Hill
The Silent Hill film franchise will receive a reboot. Konami revealed that the saga will have a new film reimagining the world by Christophe Gans, who made the original 2006 film.
Titled “Return to Silent Hill”, the film will keep a similar plot to the Silent Hill 2 game, where a man returns to the town in search of his lost love of life. There he will encounter a nightmare of monsters and horror, including the famous Pyramid Head, one of the most recognizable characters of the series.
The original film maintains a well-received status among fans. In contrast, the 2012 sequel Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, directed by M.J. Basset, received poor reviews and halted the franchise’s expansion into more films.
Between the director, the story, and the little they revealed about it, everything hints that Return to Silent Hill will be an even bigger hit than the first film. Since James Sunderland (or someone in the same role) will be starring in this film, the appearance of Pyramid Hear will be much more justified and, to make it better, the story will contain a much greater sense of loneliness than the first film since the only other humans who appear will be facing their own nightmares.
Silent Hill 2 Remake
After years of rumors, Konami confirmed that in 2023 it will release a remake of Silent Hill 2 for PlayStation 5 and PC. The first sequel to the original video game is considered the best installment of the franchise.
In the broadcast, we can see that it will be a recreation from scratch of the original game, with new graphics, mechanics, and voices. It will also have new music created by Akira Yamaoka, the original composer of Silent Hill. This new version will be developed by Bloober Team, creators of The Medium and Observer.
The moment it came to light, it didn’t take long to rain criticism on Konami for letting Bloober Team take charge of this legendary entry since their games tend to have rather boring gameplay. But all those doubts were dissipated when it came to light that Konami is controlling the developers in such a way that they have to respect most of the original content of the game in this remake.
With a new Resident Evil-style over-the-shoulder camera and a trailer that generates a lot of hype, there is no doubt that Silent Hill 2 Remake is one of the most anticipated horror games of next year, competing only with Resident Evil 4: Remake, the Capcom behemoth that will also be released that same year. Undoubtedly, 2023 will be a great year for horror.
These have been all the news about Silent Hill! Which game are you looking forward to the most? Tell us in the comments!