Earlier this year, the internet was flooded with rumors, reports, screenshots and vague post on Instagram pointing to a new one coming Silent Hill game. Maybe even more games, including remakes of Silent Hill 2. Now, Konami has finally released the official news, including the fact that Silent Hill 2 rework, do it again will be led by Polish developers at Bloober Team. The studio has tried to dig into speculation, but that hasn’t stopped some players from feeling anxious about how the beloved PS2 classic could end up in the hands of the 2020 production team. Medium. Confirmed today has only rekindled the debate over whether Bloober is up to the seemingly impossible task of winning Silent Hill 2next hit while modernizing the 20-year-old horror game.
It’s been a decade since the last new main entry in Konami’s Silent Hill series. Year 2014 PTHideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro demo for the canceled part Silent Hill the game, is the last meaningful window anyone into that horror game, and like the daredevils of the other series of games, Silent Hill Fans were desperate for news of a revival. That motivation was the main driving force behind last year’s obsession with believing that a mismanaged independent project named Abandoned The secret is Kojima’s next stab in the series.
The rumor mill has also resumed operations this year. Here’s a quick recap of the place Silent Hill Reboot rumors begin and where they end:
- July 6, 2020: Leaker Dusk Golem says a new one Silent Hill at work at a Japanese developer.
- February 10, 2021: YouTuber TheGrateDebate give out dozens of tweets and developer reports to make the case that the Bloober Team might be working on a Silent Hill.
- February 18, 2021: Bloober Team CEO Piotr Babieno tell Gamesindustry.biz it “has been working for over a year on another game project, another horror IP, and we’re working on this with a very popular game publisher.”
- February 18, 2021: VGC report that a Japanese developer is working on Silent Hill projects, but Konami also revolves around licensing projects to other studios.
- June 30, 2021: Bloober Team and Konami announced Strategic cooperation to create games together.
- October 1, 2021: VGC report Konami is resurrecting its classic series, which includes Metal gears, Castlevaniaand Silent Hill.
- March 14, 2022: Reddit user Brand new points from Konami for the series.
- May 12, 2022: Dusk Golem shared The image is said to be leaked from the 2020 version of a Silent Hill and claimed that they were subsequently copyrighted by Konami.
- May 15, 2022: Podcaster and leaker NateTheHate’s tweets that multiple Silent Hill projects in development including a new main entry, side stories and a Silent Hill 2 remade by Bloober Team will be a timed PlayStation-specific version.
- May 15, 202: VentureBeat reporter Jeff Grubb says His source corroborates NateTheHate’s tweet, adding that a reveal was originally scheduled for E3 2021 but was later dropped. Based on EurogamerVikki Blake’s Bloober Team is definitely working on something Silent Hill related.
- May 16, 2022: VGC report that in addition to the remake, the new main game, and the episodic stories, according to its sources, the images leaked by Dusk Golem are from a PTThe .-style teaser is codenamed “Sakura.”
- October 16, 2022: Konami break its silence and announced a mysterious Silent Hill rollout.
- October 19, 2022: Four Silent Hill Game revealed to be in development, along with a Silent Hill movie with Bloober Team remake.
Capturing all of that?
With overwhelming evidence even earlier this year that Bloober Team, whose recent psychological horror games include Scary classes, The Observerand Blair Witchworking on a Silent Hill, IGN request studio at the time about rumors at Poland’s Digital Dragons gaming conference earlier this week.
“We cannot comment on anything we are doing because we value our relationships with partners,” said Babieno. “So we can’t [say] whatever. We will make announcements about our future projects as soon as possible. So then you will know more. “
To make this non-denial even more bizarre, IGN reported that Babieno giggled while adding “official”, implying the rumors that have emerged are not quite rumors. He continued, “I would say it’s hard to work with one person [owns an IP you’re working on]but we always talk to licensors, [saying] “Guys, we want to use your license, but we want to tell our own story.”
Now that we know the rumor is true, it leaves Bloober with the impossible task of remaking a classic despite its remarkable record of success in the horror genre. Any departure from the spirit and vibe of the beginning Silent Hill the game is exactly what fans feared, and why Bloober’s potential involvement generated a minor backlash earlier this year and again after the rollout.
“This horror game is not too spooky, but it is boring at times,” writes Zack Zwiezen in Kotaku‘S rating about Medium. Bloober’s games are sometimes criticized for trying to create tension and fall into the mold. “The bloobers remake Silent Hill 2 like a math student who failed every exam suddenly became a teacher,” podcaster Bobsvids tweeted in May. “The phrase ‘Bloober Team Silent Hill 2 remake’ evokes a feeling like ‘Quantic Dream Star Wars’,” read another tweet gained traction at the time.
In a nutshell, some people’s disappointment with Bloober’s approach to horror in a clip of Youtuber Jerma playing Scary classes and broke down when a ghost child crashed into the wall and fell. The game came out just a year after Bloober released Bomberman-inspired Basement crawl, one of the worst PS4 games at the time, and marked the studio’s polarizing shift toward the first-person horror genre. Some have find it refreshing. Others have found it extremely meh.
Next is the cyberpunk theme of 2017 The Observer which actually excels and is more widely praised, but will ultimately prove to be an exception rather than a rule. While there are people love Medium, Bloober’s most recent series of projects leaves others feeling as though their talents have been strangled by their overreliance on worn psychological ludicrous and jump scares. In other words, a perfect recipe to completely bungle Silent Hill 2of back.
Here are some of the immediate reactions following today’s official announcement:
Of course, no psychological horror game can be better than the one that fans are playing with themselves as they rush to do pixel-by-pixel comparisons while waiting for the final game to come out.
Update 10/19/22 5:40 p.m. ET: This version of the story originally ran on May 19, 2022. It was updated today following Konami’s. Silent Hill display.