The Silent Hill 2 remake was finally revealed during Konami’s “Transmission” presentation and the remake will be developed by Bloober Team.
Confirming previous rumours, the Silent Hill 2 remake will not only be developed by the Layers of Fear, Blair Witch and The Medium studio, but it will also be a timed exclusive for PC and PS5. At the end of the reveal trailer, it states that the exclusivity period will be for 12 months.
The Silent Hill 2 trailer looked good
The reveal trailer blended cinematics with glimpses of gameplay and a slightly new-looking James Sunderland. We saw the widower in public toilets questioning his life after receiving a letter from his dead wife.
I mean, who wouldn’t be questioning their lives at that point? The trailer then rolled into the Restless Dreams poem.
It was also revealed that Masahiro Ito, the concept artist of the original games. He will also be joined by Akira Yamaoka, the legendary Silent Hill composer. Both will return to lend their talents to Bloober Team.
The development team said that it wants to retain what made the original game so great, but with a modern-day twist. Gameplay and animation will also be improved with an over-the-shoulder camera perspective. Furthermore, once Silent Hill 2 has booted up, there will be no loading screens. Unless you die, of course. The trailer also appears to introduce new voice actors, meaning that Guy Chichi won’t be reprising his role as Mr Sunderland.
We saw some familiar faces
During the trailer, we also got to see glimpses of the iconic Red Pyramid Thing, as well as the bubble nurses, that little brat Laura, and Maria the doppelganger of Mary, James’s dead wife.
We also saw some of the foggy Silent Hill town, the Blue Creek Apartments and Brookhaven Hospital. The trailer also captured the tone of the original Silent Hill 2 thanks to its instantly recognisable and haunting soundtrack composed by Yamaoka-san.
That being said, I can’t help but have a shred of doubt regarding Bloober Team developing this remake of a legendary game One that is held in such high regard by so many. Bloober hasn’t exactly hit the heights of the previous horror games in its repertoire. They’ve mostly been decent enough, but nothing great. In my opinion.
Will this project be too much for Bloober Team and can they do this licence the justice it deserves? Only time will tell, but I hope that they prove the lingering doubts wrong. At this point in time, it’s been over 20 years since the original Silent Hill 2 was released, so hopefully, we’ll see a classic truly modernised for today’s generation.
When is the Silent Hill 2 remake release date?
At this time, Konami hasn’t announced a release date or release window for the Silent Hill 2 remake. However, during the Silent Hill “Transmission” presentation, Konami revealed some awesome SH2 statues.
Some of these Silent Hill 2 statues won’t be released until Q4 2023. Now, this is a pure guess, but I wouldn’t be surprised if these statues launch to coincide with the release of the Silent Hill 2 remake.
Finally, as excited as I am for this remake, I feel it’s a shame that the PS1 original from 1999 has been overlooked.
Sure, we had a remake of sorts with Shattered Memories, but let’s be honest, not a lot of fans actually played that game. I feel the original Silent Hill would have been a logical place to start before moving on to the sequels.
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