For fans of the horror genre, Konami‘s Silent Hill series definitely has its appeal. The classic setup and premise have been dormant for a while now, but in October, the Japanese company finally revealed to the world its grand plans for the series. This will include the remake of Silent Hill 2 by the folks over at Bloober Team, and rather than overhaul things, it will faithfully stick to the original story while updating certain gameplay elements.
As reported by Siliconera, Bloober Team’s chief marketing officer Anna Jasińska promised the development team isn’t “missing the point” on the remake. “We are focusing on bringing the distinct, visceral atmosphere back in the modernized Silent Hill 2,” added Jasińska. “Longtime fans shouldn’t worry about us missing the point while we’re livening up the title.
“We faithfully stick to the traditional story canon while remaking the gameplay and updating the graphics from the ground up. These are the reasons why Konami entrusted us with the remake in the first place.”
How that will actually play out remains a mystery, with director Mateusz Lenart only saying that Bloober Team would “make everything that made the game a timeless classic” back when the Silent Hill 2 remake project was revealed.
One of the areas that will be switched up is the addition of an over-the-shoulder camera, which should make things easier for modern players to get into the experience. Another will be the updated sound design, as well as new challenges for players to take on.
Aside from Bloober Team, composer Akira Yamaoka and artist Masahiro Ito will also return to the Silent Hill 2 remake, with protagonist James Sunderland getting all the help from players in seeking his dead wife, Mary, in the eerie town. No release date has been set just yet, so fans will need to be patient for now.