The Silent Hill rumors are just as out of control as its iconic Otherworld right now, and the series film director has only exacerbated that.
Rumors of the Silent Hill 2 remake have been bubbling for over a year now, as IP owner Konami has partnered with The Medium developer Bloober Team. Now, Christophe Gans, director of the (surprisingly good) 2006 Silent Hill film, seems to have confirmed the remake’s existence in an interview with the French publication. movie and game (opens in new tab)stating that its developer is in fact Bloober Team.
“There are several games in development as we speak,” Gans said of the Silent Hill topic, adding that he thinks Konami was “really impressed with the success of the Resident Evil remakes which are evidently exceptional games.”
Gans working with Konami again on Silent Hill confirms, as the director is currently making a sequel to his 2006 adaptation. Though it’s a little harder to pin down what those “various games” could be. The most prominent possibilities are the remake of Silent Hill 2 and a subtitle ‘The Short Message’ discovered on the Korean rating board.
In my restless dreams…
It’s not the first time Bloober Team has been linked with a potential remake of Silent Hill 2, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. The possibility has always made me anxious, as despite the Polish developer’s horror track record, I don’t think they’re a good fit for Silent Hill.
I wasn’t particularly impressed with Layers of Fear or The Medium. And while the latter was a perfectly good game, its lack of scares and Troy Baker’s goofy performance as the game’s antagonist definitely let me down.
Another reason I’m shy about the idea of a remake is how the original PS2 game used hardware limitations to its strengths. Silent Hill 2’s iconic heavy fog was used not only because it’s distracting, but also to mask the sudden texture pop-in. Likewise, the game’s often claustrophobic environments and camera angles helped save resources and keep gameplay smooth.
Now the Bloober Team – or whoever ends up working on a remake of Silent Hill 2 – doesn’t have to adhere to the same hardware limitations, given the power of current-gen consoles like PS5 and Xbox Series X. That means key elements of Silent. Hill The revered atmosphere of 2 can be withdrawn. There is even precedent for this, with the disastrous Silent Hill HD Collection.
One aspect I liked about The Medium, though, was its remarkable attention to detail in its environments. Without all the supernatural madness, the game’s asylum setting, however, felt like a real place at times. Likewise, the town of Silent Hill looks like a place that was once inhabited. In that sense, I think the Bloober Team is at least up to the task of crafting a compelling modern interpretation of the lakeside city.
Either way, it looks like Konami won’t be able to contain these rumors much longer. If a full reveal for at least the Silent Hill 2 remake isn’t in the cards anytime soon, I imagine it won’t be long before the Japanese publisher completely dismisses the rumors.