Silent Hill rumors are as out of control as its famous underworld at the moment, and the director of the film exacerbated that.
Silent Hill 2 rework rumors have been circulating for more than a year now, with IP owner Konami partnering with the medium developer Bloober Team. Now it seems Christoph Gans, director of the 2006 movie Silent Hill (surprisingly good), has confirmed the existence of the remake in an interview with French publication Movie & Game. (Opens in a new tab)noting that its developer is actually Bloober Team.
“There are a lot of games in development as we speak,” Gans said on the topic of Silent Hill, adding that he believes Konami is “really impressed with the success of the Resident Evil remakes that are clearly exceptional games.”
Gans is working with Konami again on Silent Hill, with the director currently making a sequel to his 2006 adaptation. Although it’s hard to say what these “multiplayers” could be. The most notable possibilities are a Silent Hill 2 remake and one titled “The SMS” caught on the Korean rating board.
In my troubled dreams…
This isn’t the first time the Bloober Team has been linked with a possible new version of the Silent Hill 2 app, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. The possibility has always left me concerned that, despite the Polish developer’s background in awe, I don’t think it’s a perfect fit for Silent Hill.
I wasn’t particularly impressed with Layers of Fear or The Medium. And while the latter was an absolutely fantastic game, its lack of fearlessness and sweet performance from Troy Baker as the game’s antagonist certainly disappointed me.
Another reason I’m ashamed of the idea of a remake is how the original PS2 game used the hardware limitations of its strengths. The iconic heavy fog was used in Silent Hill 2 not only because it is unsettling, but also to mask the sudden pop-up texture. Likewise, crowded game environments and camera angles helped save resources and keep gameplay smooth.
Now the Bloober team – or anyone who ends up working on a Silent Hill 2 remake – doesn’t have to stick to the same hardware limitations, given the power of current consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X. That means key elements of Silent Hill’s venerable Go 2 can be stripped back again. . There’s even precedent for this, with the disastrous Silent Hill HD set.
One aspect I loved about The Medium, though, was its remarkable attention to detail in its environments. Without all of the supernatural weirdness, however, the game’s place of refuge seemed like a real place at times. Similarly, the town of Silent Hill looks like a place where he lived before. In that sense, I think the Bloober team is at least up to the task of crafting a compelling modern interpretation of the lakeside town.
Anyway, it really looks like Konami won’t be able to contain these rumors for much longer. If at least the full reveal of a new Silent Hill 2 remake isn’t on the cards soon, I imagine it won’t be long before the Japanese publisher completely dismisses the rumors.