Back in January, we reported on a rumour that Konami was working on two Silent Hill titles. The franchise, which has remained dormant since 2012’s Silent Hill: Book of Memories and 2014’s cancelled Silent Hills, was rumoured to be coming back in a big way with two new titles. Since then, more details have leaked including Sony’s heavy involvement in both titles, and Kojima’s potential return to the series.
RelyonHorror reports that there are indeed two Silent Hill projects currently being worked on. The first project is said to be a soft reboot of the series simply called ‘Silent Hill’. Sony is reported to be the driving force behind the revival of the series, and so the game is likely to be a PlayStation 5 exclusive. Furthermore, the project is allegedly seeing the return of Keiichiro Toyama, the Writer and Director of the original 1999 Silent Hill game.
Other notable developers returning are Akira Yamaoka (Composer for the franchise) and Masahiro Ito (Art Director and Monster Designer). Sony’s involvement in the project will include contributions by SIE Japan Studio as well as team members from ‘Project Siren’. This title is said to have been in development for about a year.
The second Silent Hill game is much more in-the-air, but potentially even more interesting. According to RelyonHorror, the title could be the return of Kojima’s cancelled Silent Hills – led by the man himself. Sony is reportedly “working to patch up the relationship between Kojima Productions and Konami in order to resurrect the game due to the amount of buzz and continued demand for it five years after its cancellation”. The game will allegedly take advantage of a next-gen PSVR headset and will be styled similarly to Until Dawn, and other such choice-based titles – with Kojima being afforded full creative freedom.
Of course, nothing is official until Konami themselves confirm it, but regardless, both of these titles are exciting, and seeing Hideo Kojima return to Silent Hills after such a large-scale break up with Konami would certainly be a big moment in gaming. The Silent Hill franchise has been quiet for far too long, and so it is exciting to see it coming back.
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