We can dream, can’t we?
The developer of the recent Silent Hill-esque horror game ‘The Medium’, Bloober Team, has ignited speculation that it is working on a Silent Hill revival, following their “strategic co-operation agreement” with Silent Hill publisher Konami.
The agreement allows Bloober to “produce games from existing and new IPs” which Konami owns – including, of course, the missing-in-action Silent Hill.
The Medium was billed as the spiritual successor to the Silent Hill franchise, boasting music from series composer Akira Yamaoka, alongside similarities across the board to the original series. For one, the concept of fixed camera angles is reminiscent of the Silent Hill titles and original Resident Evil games.
There is also the aspect of dual realities. In the Medium, Marianne can alternate between the real world and the spirit world, with actions in one world impacting the other. Similarly, in Silent Hill, players interact with the real world, and a deformed, hellish dimension called the Otherworld.
I believe many people are quick to draw these comparisons due to a strong desire for a new Silent Hill title. The Medium is the closest thing we have gotten to a Silent Hill game in years.
Of course, we all believed a Silent Hill project was on the way when the P.T. demo was released in 2014. For those who don’t know, P.T. was the interactive teaser for the game Silent Hills, a new instalment in the Silent Hill series created by the critically acclaimed duo of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro. P.T. was a work of art and was truly frightening, leaving fans bursting with excitement for the upcoming Silent Hills title. However, Konami cancelled Silent Hills and removed P.T. from the PlayStation Store, making it impossible to reinstall, ultimately leaving us all in disappointment. We were left wondering if we will ever get to relive the hellish horror of Silent Hill again.
Well, this partnership suggests that we could be seeing a new Silent Hill title in the next few years. Yamaoka also dropped a strong hint earlier this year that he was back working on the franchise, adding more fuel to the fire.
For all Silent Hill and horror fans alike, things are looking up. We can dream once again.
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