Silent Hill’s new Silent Hill game is available for those who have restless nights.
Players will now be able to go back to the Silent Hill 2 remake, which is a long-running franchise that has experienced high highs and lows. We finally have the answer after being speculated for quite some time. Here’s everything you need to know about the Silent Hill 2 remake on PS5 — at least so far — regardless of whether you’re a fan of the original or a curious newcomer.
Is Silent Hill 2 a remake?
Silent Hill 2’s remake is a completely reworking of Silent Hill 2. The original Silent Hill 2 was created by Team Silent. It was published in 2001 by Konami for the PS2. Later, it was ported to various platforms. At a Silent Hill Transmission livestream Konami revealed details regarding the franchise’s future, the remake was officially announced on September 19, 2022.
Silent Hill 2 is a survival-horror game that follows protagonist James Sunderland as he travels to the titular Silent Hill, having received a letter from his wife — who passed away from illness three years ago — that she is in the town waiting for him. James discovers that the town is overrun with fog, and it has strange phenomena. There are horrifying creatures that have killed most of the town’s inhabitants.
Silent Hill 2 is a classic survival horror title that was widely acclaimed from its inception.
The Silent Hill 2 Remake is published by Konami IP Holder, however the game is being developed and produced by Bloober Team. Bloober Team is a Polish studio that has worked on other horror games such as Layers of Fear or The Medium.
Silent Hill 2: Trailers
Take a look below at the Silent Hill 2 announcement trailer.
The first trailer of Silent Hill shows James Sunderland (the protagonist) making his way through town. Also, we get a glimpse of the iconic horror villains in the franchise: the Bubble Head Nurses and Pyramid Head.
Silent Hill 2 Remake: Gameplay and Details
Silent Hill 2 uses tank controls with the option of camera-based controls. Survival-horror games require players to manage their inventory, items and health. Silent Hill 2 is now third-person, making it more compatible with some other horror titles such as Resident Evil and other top PS5 games.
“One of many new features that you could see in the trailer was the adoption of an above-the-shoulder cam,” explained (opens in a new window) Mateusz Lenart (creative director) and Bloober Team’s lead designer. This change will allow us to bring players deeper into the game, making them feel part of the unreal world and giving them an even more visceral experience.
Bloober Team isn’t the only one working on this remake. A few developers also participated in Silent Hill 2’s launch. Konami invited Masahiro Ito (concept artist and composer at Team Silent) back to help with the remake.
Lenart says that some aspects of the combat system are currently being revised, as well as certain setpieces. Even if you’ve played the original, this means there could be new surprises or scares for those who haven’t. Unreal Engine 5 is used to create Silent Hill 2, which uses new technologies like Nanite and Lumen, improving the visuals. Bloober Team uses PS5 DualSense for haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and more.
To increase tension and terror, the PS5’s 3-D audio system will be used with better and more suspenseful sounds. The game is built using an extremely fast internal SSD, which means there are no load screens. Players can be alert while they travel through the city. This game could turn out to be the greatest PS5 game, depending on how it turns out.
Silent Hill 2 Remake: Was it an exclusive timed PS5 Exclusive?
Yes. Silent Hill 2’s remake has been announced for PC and PS5 via Steam. In the trailer, the game was also mentioned as being exclusive for the PS5 for at most 12 months. Similar cases have been seen, like Final Fantasy 7 Remake. A game which was exclusive to the PS5 for a specific time ended up becoming console exclusive long after that period expired. It could take longer for other consoles.
Silent Hill 2 is not being developed for PS4 and will therefore be an exclusive current-generation game. Bloober Team also developed The Medium for only current-generation hardware. The game’s developers can now fully benefit from the improved processing speed and SSD speed of modern-generation PC gaming hardware. Silent Hill 2 is likely to arrive on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and Xbox One after the period of exclusivity ends.
Silent Hill 2: Remake date
Silent Hill 2: The remake is not yet available. We can however make some safe guesses.
Konami pointed out that the first time some developers had been spoken to was three years before the official announcement. It’s possible Silent Hill 2 could launch in 2023, given that this remake isn’t an entirely new one.
However, this is speculation and the game industry around the globe still struggles to recover from the effects. We’ll just have to watch and wait to see how it all turns out.