After waiting for over a decade since the last full Silent Hill Game, the franchise is kicking back to life with a new game set for release very soon.
The horror survival series will be unveiled in the UK at 10 PM on Wednesday this week after a long wait from gamers of about ten years.
Silent Hill fans were excited after seeing the official tweet from the Silent Hill account on Twitter that read “In your restless dreams, do you see that town?” the teaser was followed by another tweet “The latest updates for the Silent series, will be revealed during the #SilentHill Transmission on Wednesday, 19th October at 2 pm PDT.”
The official announcement was also retweeted by Masahiro Ito. He has worked on franchise several entries as a monster designer and art director.
So what should we be expecting? Within the past years of Silent Hill’s silence, several whispers have been going around of project developments and a possible comeback but these did not seem as promising as what appeared on the Korean video games rating board last month; “Silent Hill: The Short Message”. It is speculated that this may be the title of the upcoming game.
On the other hand, constant rumours of a remake of Silent Hill 2 have been building up and spreading around. Numerous reports were claiming that Layers of Fear studio Bloober Team are the one developing the remake with the supposed concept art and screenshots leaking online. The last instalment of the game Silent Hill: Downpour came out in 2012.
Minus the rumours, clear confirmation on various projects under Silent Hill came to us earlier this month through Christopher Gans the Silent Hill movie director who mentioned “several teams” under the franchise working on “several games.” It’s not the first that the movie director has made hints about Silent Hill, back in 2020 he hinted that it was about time they made “a new [Silent Hill Movie]”, but since it is not out yet, should we assume we will hear about it on Wednesday?
As of now Konami the Japanese gaming firm has set up a basic teaser site for Silent Hill that you can stare at (see it below). For more tune in at 10 PM UK time on Wednesday.
A new website has also been launched for the series and possibly in preparation for the 19th. The website will show the official transmission from the developers of the game who will reveal the future of the franchise. The transmission will likely be a live stream and will be able to answer all the rumours that have surrounded the series.
It has also been rumoured that Silent Hill may get an exclusive deal with PS5 following years of cooperation between the series and PlayStation.
Last year VGC had also reported that Konami planned on bringing back to life their other classic games Metal Gear Solid IPs and Castlevania with possible remakes for some as well-meaning we may be in for a few revivals from Konami with Silent Hill starting the show.
Silent Hill has over the years made its fans wait for a new entry to its series line with the first debuting in 1999 while a second came in 2012. In 2014 a new series was announced by Konami in a project that was to be a collaboration between Guillermo del Toro, Kojima productions and Norman Reedus but only made it to the Playable teaser level which gamers had been excited about. The project was halted after an apparent fallout between Konami and Kojima until the recent tweets of a revival that many Silent Hill fans have eagerly waited for.
The first four games in the series that were developed by an internal development group called Team Silent were Silent Hill, Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill 3, Silent Hill 4: The Room and were made between 1999 and 2004 and this was followed by six other games that were developed by western developers; Silent Hill: Origins, Silent Hill: Homecoming, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Silent Hill: Downpour, Silent Hill: Book of Memories and Silent Hills Playable Teaser (PT).
In 2021 a Silent Hill teaser was removed after making rounds on social media sparking rumours of a return that fans expected to happen sooner than now. The first Silent was on the first PlayStation and it also remains to be seen if any of the new game or games will exclusively feature on the PS5.
Leaks and rumours that included screenshots from last year were about a remake of Silent Hill 2 exclusive to the PS5 and two other games from Konami. Possible added puzzles and new endings were also making rounds on tweeter but neither Konami nor other linked developers made comments until now.
The franchise has grown in popularity creating spin-off games, two feature films, and novel adaptations with other 8.4 million copies sold globally. While gamers are excited about the possible comeback of the series, fans are a bit sceptical if the game will live up to its reputation with the first instalments that were well received or if they will follow the last games that many fans felt lacked originality and some gamers citing technical problems.
Other games by separate developers have also taken inspiration from Silent Hill and have grown to become names of their own. Games such as Lone Survivor, Deadly Premonition and Detention have grown in between Silent Hills’ silence and it remains to be seen if a new game under the name will live up to its reputation.
Updates on the series will be made during the Silent Hill transmission scheduled for Wednesday this week at 10 PM UK time. The official tweet from Konami about the updates follows months of silence on their Twitter account. With rumours and unconfirmed reports of a new game or games or even a movie coming out of the Silent Hill Franchise, many fans and gamers will be expecting to hear more on 19th October.