Konami could port the Silent Hill saga to next-generation consoles, how could that turn out? Would they do it like with Metal Gear? Or separately?
Silent Hill is a beloved and revered saga at Konami, but it is also retro. There are those who want to see it on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, PS4, and Nintendo Switch, but the curious thing is that the studio would already be thinking about ports.
According to what we read on Eurogamer, it is possible that the Japanese are considering “porting” some of the games in the Silent Hill franchise to the current consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.
This is something that can be ‘intuited’ in one of the five brief documentaries that Konami published on YouTube tonight out of nowhere with The Short Message.
In the fourth video that we have previously linked, a level designer who worked on the anticipated (and much-rumored) playable teaser, revealed that Konami had contacted the Hexadrive team.
This studio was mainly dedicated to porting old games until it helped an internal Konami team develop The Short Message and talked “about the possibility of porting the Silent Hill saga”.
Rika Miyatani is the director of level design at Hexadrive and she said that the studio contacted Konami after unsuccessfully applying to direct the remake of Silent Hill 2.
Now we know that Konami passed the baton to Bloober Team (Layers of Fear, The Medium), but Miyatani says that 6 months later they returned and talked about The Short Message.
The HD Collection is the closest thing we have in video games
Everyone -including me- who was part of that conversation, were big Silent Hill fans. So, internally, people started talking and we said that some ports would also be fine.
But what we would really like to see is a remake of Silent Hill for current generation consoles”, Miyatani said and thanks to the transcription from the aforementioned medium.
There has been no other mention of adapting the original Silent Hill games to current consoles, nor which games, and if they also plan to bring Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill 3 and/or Silent Hill 4.
But Miyatani’s words have made it into the documentary series authorized by Konami, something that the developer would not have allowed if they did not want to test the waters, right?
If true, it wouldn’t be the first time they try to revive the original Silent Hill games. In 2012, Silent Hill HD Collection was released on PS3 and Xbox 360, but with hideous results.
The Hijinx Studios game was in development for over two years, and they had to work with incomplete source code, as the Japanese did not archive it; to make matters worse, they also had to re-record the voices.
This led to some paltry results, along with abominable FPS and horrendous animations, it is considered one of the worst ports of all time.
Could it be true that Konami plans to bring the Silent Hill saga to current consoles? This video does not confirm anything in this regard, but when the water begins to ripple, perhaps it is for a reason.