If you're a developer and you've got an idea for a Silent Hill game, then Konami wants to hear from you. In a new interview, series producer Motoi Okamoto says he's willing to hear "every" pitch that comes his way for the series as the Silent Hill revival starts gathering steam.
Okamoto's comments come as part of an IGN interview that also serves as a deep dive into the upcoming Silent Hill 2 remake, which was revealed during last October's Silent Hill Transmission showcase. Okamoto says that since the Silent Hill series revival has been officially revealed, he and his team are "all ears" for Silent Hill pitches from creators "around the world".
These comments are echoed to a degree by composer Akira Yamaoka, who also takes part in the IGN interview. Yamaoka says he wants Silent Hill to "continue on for the next 30, 40, 50 or even 100 years". Okamoto follows up with a confirmation that Konami has been talking with "many creators" and is still having "lots of discussions" about how to move the series forward.
How development is progressing on the Silent Hill 2 remake
The IGN interview contains a number of other interesting insights into the development behind the Silent Hill 2 remake. For instance, Okamoto says this is the first time Silent Hill 2 will have Japanese voice acting, which wasn't present in the original release. He says he hopes this will help Japanese players feel "an even stronger sense of familiarity" with the game.
It sounds like the Silent Hill 2 remake will also contain a number of improvements that should make the experience a little smoother. Combat has been improved, for instance, although concept artist Masahiro Ito (another interview participant) says the team has "tried to respect the original designs" despite its combat changes.
Konami sounds pretty confident in the work of The Medium and Layers of Fear studio Bloober Team, which is heading up Silent Hill 2 remake development. Okamoto says Bloober is "excellent" at capturing Silent Hill 2's visual atmosphere and that the Polish studio takes its work "very seriously". Of course, Konami isn't going to denigrate the work of the team it's chosen to make the game, but Okamoto's comments should give you hope if you're a Bloober skeptic nonetheless.
The Silent Hill 2 remake is just one of several Silent Hill projects announced in October. As well as Bloober's game, we're also getting a horror game named Silent Hill F, details about which are a little thin on the ground right now. We do know it's being worked on by Resident Evil Re:Verse developer NeoBards and that it'll be set in Japan. There's also an interactive series called Silent Hill: Ascension coming, as well as a new movie by the name of Return to Silent Hill.
Make sure to give the full IGN interview a read if you want to know more about how work on Silent Hill 2 is going, as well as the future of the series. Hopefully, that future includes modern ports for some of the best games in the franchise's history, but we won't hold our breath. Stay tuned to TechRaptor for more Silent Hill news.