The tremendously popular survival horror video game series Silent Hill just will not stop. After 7 installments published by Konami (Team Silent delivering the first 4, the last three worked on by Climax Group and Double Helix) – now comes Silent Hill 8, also known as Silent Hill Downpour, which is set for release on October 25, 2011. Developed by Vatra Games, Silent Hill 8 will be available for the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, and will be the first game in the series to be delivered in 3D. (You can pre-order it here.)
If you aren’t familiar with Silent Hill, the game is set in a fictional American town of the same name, and it features cults, monsters, puzzles, alternate dimensions, and plenty of spooky atmosphere.
Silent Hill 8 characters Murphy Pendleton and Anne Cunningham
For Silent Hill: Downpour, gameplay is mostly in the 3rd person perspective, and includes puzzle-solving (with difficulty settings) and combat. Water/rain will be a central theme in the game. Free-roaming will take players into new “side quests”, unlocking areas within the game, special items, and bonus content. For the plot, it centers on a prisoner named Murphy Pendleton, who is stranded in Silent Hill when his transport vehicle gets into an accident. The plot is unrelated to previous installments. Music composer will be Daniel Licht (best known for scoring the TV show Dexter). Vocalist Mary Elizabeth McGlynn will also provide music. The main theme for Silent Hill 8 is performed by Korn.
See more Silent Hill 8 screengrabs below.
More Silent Hill Coming
Along with Silent Hill: Downpour, the Silent Hill HD Collection will also hit stores December 31, 2011, for the Playstation 3 and also for the XBOX. (Pre-order it here). The HD collection will feature the games Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3, in high definition, and featuring new voice-overs by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn and Troy Baker. The new voices have not gone over well with the Silent Hill community. See comparison below:
On June 2nd, 2011, Konami announced that a ninth Silent Hill game, aka Silent Hill: Book of Memories, is on the way. The game is currently being developed by WayForward Technologies for the upcoming PlayStation Vita. Book of Memories will diverge from the previous 8 games in that it will feature a brand new storyline and multiplayer gameplay. The psychological horror aspects of the previous games will be toned down in favor of more cooperative multiplayer action.
Screenshot from Silent Hill: Book of Memories
Finally the sequel to the movie version of Silent Hill is in post-production. Silent Hill: Revelation will be in 3D and will be released to theaters in 2012. Written by Michael J. Bassett, Silent Hill: Revelation will not be an adaptation of the game Silent Hill 2, but will instead adapt the Heather Mason storyline from Silent Hill 3. This is still a direct sequel to the first film. Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, and Deborah Kara Unger all return. And yes, Pyramid Head will be back.