Konami definitely has been kicking ass with the all succession achieved from their games franchises. This includes the succession of the survival horror video game franchise, the Silent Hill, which have been released since the first debut in January 31st, 1999. The titles included in the franchise are:
1. Silent Hill (PSX-PSONE,1999)
2. Silent Hill 2 (PS2, 2001)
3. Silent Hill 3 (PS2,2003)
4. Silent Hill 4: The Room (PS2,2004)
5. Silent Hill: Origins (PS2,PSP,2007)
6. Silent Hill: Homecoming (PS3,PC,2008)
7. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (PS2,PSP,2009)
8. Silent Hill: Downpour (2011)
Yes, this year it will be the 8th time for Konami to release the next franchise of Silent Hill, and it is confirmed already that title for this newly released would be "Downpour", extracted from a name of an area in the southeastern part of Silent Hill, and as the name itself suggests, water will be the main element and factor this time. Of course, it will not be a regular water but the creepy Silent Hill kind, meaning you'll find stuff like "bizarre water effects [that] look like an upside down river flowing across a ceiling" as reported by QJ.net.
Apparently, the well-known Silent Hill landmark such as Alchemilla Hospital would not be appearing, but still the fans will be astonished by the appearance of more familiar places experienced from the previous adventures.The radius of the area is reported to be wide and massive and has a subway system.
One of the interesting things to know from the game, the developers will be working on the gameplay concerning the relevance of encountering the enemies just by fighting them alone. This means that it will revolves other strategy of surviving, like fleeing after hitting the enemies instead of beating them to their last twitch. Quicktime events will also take part during boss fights, as reported by the QJ.net.
Fighting will be tougher than any previous franchise as the weapon inventory system will be no longer available. Guns have been degraded and potentially break after a frequent usage. Side quests have also been confirmed. This might be the reason of the developers want the players to experience the true survival in the horrifying world of the Silent Hill. I mean, what's the point of thrilled survival if you had loads of weapons and had nothing to be scared of.
Some rumors have already been circulating concerning the new approach of the gameplay feature, where the multiplayer will be available. Well, the answer for these rumors is, NO, there will be no multiplayer, confirmed by the producer himself, Devin Shatsky.
According to the details extracted from the QJ.net, Devin Shatsky rebuffed all rumors pertaining to said multiplayer feature, pointing out that his colleage Marek's answer in an interview must have been a mere misinterpretation.
"Whoever that Italian interviewer was either took Radek's comments completely out of context, or it was lost in translation." he said, "As previously mentioned, we were (many moons ago) investigating a separate Multiplayer mode, but that was quickly extinguished when we costed it out and determined how much resource time it would detract from the core singleplayer experience."
The game will be released for PS3 and XBOX 360 later this year.
Here's a full 4 minutes trailer for the game. Help yourself. :)