Silent Hill 8 (Working Title) Coming in 2011

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
Konami shed a bit of light on the next Silent Hill this afternoon at its E3 media briefing, highlighting foremost that the game will stick to its horror roots and feature the same mesh of puzzle and fight-or-flight elements. Interestingly, the publisher noted that Silent Hill 8 will feature "unique evolutions" in the combat system, and will have adjustable side-missions based on play style. 
 
 What Silent Hill 8 would look like if I were the art director.
The game, which is tentatively titled, is under development at Vatra Games and will launch on the Xbox 360 and PS3 at some point in 2011.

As for what kind of Silent Hill you'll be swinging your flashlight around in, it's being said that Silent Hill 8 will appeal to fans of the early titles. But instead of rolling with a classic character like Harry Mason again, you'll be thrust in the shoes of an inmate named Murphy Pendleton who finds himself unceremoniously in Silent Hill after his transport vehicle jumps off the road.    
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
Konami shed a bit of light on the next Silent Hill this afternoon at its E3 media briefing, highlighting foremost that the game will stick to its horror roots and feature the same mesh of puzzle and fight-or-flight elements. Interestingly, the publisher noted that Silent Hill 8 will feature "unique evolutions" in the combat system, and will have adjustable side-missions based on play style. 
 
 What Silent Hill 8 would look like if I were the art director.
The game, which is tentatively titled, is under development at Vatra Games and will launch on the Xbox 360 and PS3 at some point in 2011.

As for what kind of Silent Hill you'll be swinging your flashlight around in, it's being said that Silent Hill 8 will appeal to fans of the early titles. But instead of rolling with a classic character like Harry Mason again, you'll be thrust in the shoes of an inmate named Murphy Pendleton who finds himself unceremoniously in Silent Hill after his transport vehicle jumps off the road.    
#2 Posted by titoxiv (14 posts) -

ummm

#3 Posted by ajamafalous (12163 posts) -

Love your rendition.

#4 Posted by ZombiePie (5756 posts) -

Hilarious picture dude.

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#5 Posted by trophyhunter (5800 posts) -

mmmmmmmmmmm

#6 Posted by XenoNick (1483 posts) -

Awsome picture

#7 Posted by Vorbis (2750 posts) -

Pyramid Head looks almost cuddly.

#8 Posted by SPACETURTLE (1622 posts) -

New Brad, that is some awesome art.

#9 Posted by NintenDood (366 posts) -

Beautiful.

#10 Posted by BigChief (503 posts) -

Interesting. Am nervous to see where they are taking the franchise. But damn, those graphics look HOT!

#11 Posted by gunslingerNZ (1928 posts) -

I love the new cell shaded art direction. Hope it supports 3D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#12 Posted by StriderNo9 (1149 posts) -

LOL nice pic.

#13 Posted by Pepsiman (2491 posts) -

The picture needs more A-button-pressing to yell "CHERYL!" incessantly, but other than that, the artwork is divine stuff.

#14 Posted by 2Crisis (17 posts) -

This definitely needs to stay on top of the GB homepage

#15 Posted by Dolphin_Butter (1917 posts) -

Your MS paint skills are worthy of a god. :)

#16 Posted by Godlovesugly (276 posts) -

: /

#17 Posted by zi11ion (6 posts) -

I heard that Akira Yamaoka isn't involved with this one... His music and sound direction were key aspects of what made Silent Hill so atmospheric and moody. 

#18 Posted by Yummylee (22576 posts) -

Mad paint skillz, bro! And new silent hill? Well awesome!

#19 Edited by CornBREDX (6058 posts) -

If they go back to the mind fuck ideals of the second, and actually have a grasp of what that means.. then ya it could be good.  
 
So far no one can seem to get it except maybe those dudes that did the reboot for the Wii.  
 
I still need to play that game, looks good.
#20 Posted by Se7enthSamurai (83 posts) -

  Would really like a Silent Hill game similar to Shattered Memories, but as long as the game is good (and scary), I'm all for it being like earlier games in the series.  

#21 Posted by akajaybay (16 posts) -

Not having Akira Yamaoka on the sound/music is going to put a big damper on this for me.
#22 Posted by mkasperski (17 posts) -

Wow, they have really upped the quality for this one! ;)

#23 Posted by punkxblaze (2990 posts) -

8? Wait, wasn't homecoming 5? I guess Shattered Memories could be 6, but where was 7?

#24 Posted by Tophat666 (236 posts) -

wait wasn't Homecoming SH:5? how did we get to 8?

#25 Posted by Bones8677 (3283 posts) -
@punkxblaze: Silent Hill Origins for the PSP
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#26 Posted by Leadcat (274 posts) -

I guess 5 was Homecoming, 6 was Origins (or were they the other way around?) and 7 was Shattered Memories.

#27 Posted by AFAABP (5 posts) -

Best concept ever :-p

#28 Posted by ALMIGHTYCHEEKS (71 posts) -
@Tophat666 said:
" wait wasn't Homecoming SH:5? how did we get to 8? "
 
silent hill 1
silent hill 2
silent hill 3
silent hill the room 4
silent hill origins 5
silent hill homecoming 6
silent hill wii 7
 
new silent hill =8
#29 Posted by punkxblaze (2990 posts) -

I guess. I'd consider Origins more of a Silent Hill Zero, but sure.

#30 Edited by Roomrunner (892 posts) -
@zi11ion said:

" I heard that Akira Yamaoka isn't involved with this one... His music and sound direction were key aspects of what made Silent Hill so atmospheric and moody.  "

But they got the music director from Dexter to fill his shoes!  I love Yamaoka (he went to work for Grasshopper, BTW), but  Dan Licht is the most pefect replacement I can imagine.  
 
@punkxblaze
said:

" 8? Wait, wasn't homecoming 5? I guess Shattered Memories could be 6, but where was 7? "

That was Origins, for the PSP/PS2.  It was a bit shit.  Not surprised to see it overlooked.
#31 Posted by FlipperDesert (2106 posts) -

That take on Silent Hill in the story is the future of horror. Just you see.

#32 Posted by jakob187 (21763 posts) -

Nicholson, you've found your niche.  Start using it for EVERYTHING!

#33 Posted by cap123 (2477 posts) -

grafix r well gud

#34 Posted by Jambones (1696 posts) -
@cap123 said:
" grafix r well gud "
Day 1 purchase!
#35 Posted by Leadcat (274 posts) -

Origins being counted is weird but I have more of an issue with Shattered Memories, a remake, being counted. 
 
Anyway SM was the first time in ages I cared about anything Silent Hill, so hopefully this is more of that. Doesn't sound like it will be though. :(

#36 Posted by zi11ion (6 posts) -
@Roomrunner said:
" @zi11ion said:

" I heard that Akira Yamaoka isn't involved with this one... His music and sound direction were key aspects of what made Silent Hill so atmospheric and moody.  "

But they got the music director from Dexter to fill his shoes!  I love Yamaoka (he went to work for Grasshopper, BTW), but  Dan Licht is the most pefect replacement I can imagine.  
   
I am curious about what Dan Licht has to offer to Silent Hill. Is he going to try to emulate Yamaoka's style or bring something new and different?  Still, I wish Konami could have contracted out Yamaoka to do the soundtrack and design consulting for this one. Oh well. 
#37 Posted by hpv (177 posts) -

I guess Konami didn't learn from Shattered Memories, the first game in the series that was actually playable due to not having terrible combat controls.  They really should have stayed on that path only on an HD console and with some actual difficulty included.

#38 Posted by JimmyJackJones (81 posts) -

Yeah, the convict/combat evolutions have got me worried they might try what they did with Homecoming, which is not a good direction to go.  But hey, this is just an announcement, so i guess I shouldn't worry until I actually KNOW something about the game.  

#39 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5155 posts) -

They are doing the same thing Sony did with Killzone 2, the game will never look as good as this picture.

#40 Posted by MisterMouse (3564 posts) -

This is the next Endurance run i think!

#41 Posted by Mr_eX (16 posts) -

I expected more muscles in a Brad Nicholson drawing.

#42 Posted by Parabole (216 posts) -

"Murphy Pendleton was headed for life in big house when his transport veered off course. Wandering around a foggy town called silent hill, he encounters a giant man with a pyramid shaped helmet on his head. Now Murphy must start a new life owning a bar with Pyramid head and Murphy's dog sigfried where all the customers are disfigured hospital workers! Coming to FOX!"

#43 Posted by TheLawnWrangler (1657 posts) -

Brad, that is the best picture ever, and that is the best protagonist name ever. I'm excited

#44 Posted by Suigyoken (188 posts) -

Awesome picture.. but I wonder if they'll implement move or kinect in the game? That'll make puzzles a little more interesting atleast, Shattered Memories did a good job of this.

#45 Posted by Cybexx (1230 posts) -

Sigh.... did Silent Hill: Shattered Memories really do so poorly that they are going back to the played out original formula? Silent Hill 2 is great but they have been going downhill with that formula since then. 
 
Shattered Memories was awesome because it was completely new and made some of the best use of the Wiimote I've seen. The whole psyche profiling stuff was also pretty cool, though mostly caused visual differences. It was probably my favorite experience on Wii last year, I mean it was a bad year for hardcore games on Wii but I actually stopped playing other cool games on 360 and PS3 so I could play all the way through Shattered Memories, I had to see what was next. 
 
I was hoping for a sequel with more gameplay and to create a creepier atmosphere, so I am saddened by this announcement. Are OG Brad and me the only people who liked that game?

#46 Posted by TRAYNREK (113 posts) -

"artists rendition" of pyramid head is spot on.

#47 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
@Parabole said:
" "Murphy Pendleton was headed for life in big house when his transport veered off course. Wandering around a foggy town called silent hill, he encounters a giant man with a pyramid shaped helmet on his head. Now Murphy must start a new life owning a bar with Pyramid head and Murphy's dog sigfried where all the customers are disfigured hospital workers! Coming to FOX!" "
I like it. I think you got my vision. Let's make Silent Hill 9.
#48 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

If that rendition is over 480p, my Wii can't handle it.

#49 Posted by blacklab (1598 posts) -

I don't know who the fuck you are Brad Nicholson, but that is funny. Kudos.

#50 Posted by selfconfessedcynic (2591 posts) -

Loving the exclusive Giant Bomb / Brad Nicholson content. 
 
Tis why I love the site : D

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