Silent Hill 2 – The Much-Anticipated Remake is Officially Confirmed

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Return to one of the most beloved entries of the Silent Hill franchise.

Long-time fans of the Silent Hill video game series will be swamped with plenty of nostalgia and emotions after the recent reveal of one of the greatest survival-horror games of all time, Silent Hill 2 (SH2).

Co-developers and producers, Konami and Bloober Team, have finally answered the prayers of many old-school gamers that have been clamouring for a remake of the beloved Silent Hill 2, especially after Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 (RE2) remake achieved critical positive reviews and sales numbers after its launch in 2019.

Though both of these games differ in many ways – RE2 is more action-oriented while SH2 leans towards traditional horror – both were released around the peak of survival-horror games during the early 2000s.

As such, when one succeeds in appealing to modern audiences, it’s possible for the other to do the same too, albeit by improving the original game through better gaming technology and graphics.

Today, a SH2 teaser trailer has just been released by PlayStation, confirming that the game is already in development behind the scenes:

Source: PlayStation (YouTube)

Premise

In SH2, we reprise the role of Jack Sunderland, a mourning husband who has made his way to Silent Hill, Maine in accordance to his promise that he made to his late wife, Mary.

3 years after her death, Jack receives an ominous letter suggesting that his wife is still waiting for him at Silent Hill which was their ‘special place’ all those years ago when they were happier.

Probably driven by sorrow and loneliness, Jack eventually makes his way to the town but soon finds it deserted, dilapidated, and covered entirely by a thick fog, unlike how he remembered it.

With nothing more to lose in life, Jack ventures through the fog and into town, trying to find the person that had written the letter to him, hoping to find solace after the death of his wife. Unbeknownst to him, malicious entities lurk behind the dense mist, awaiting his arrival.

Remake Updates

For the next year after its release, SH2 will be a console-exclusive game for the PlayStation 5 (PS5). After that, a PC version will also be released, allowing more time for optimisations to be made.

Though the decision to only launch the game for the PS5 can be argued, SH2’s remake is set to enjoy remarkable upgrades to its gameplay and visual aspects pertaining to the console’s revolutionary hardware.

Citing direct points shared by Konami producer, Motoi Okamoto, SH2 will boast incredible changes like so:

Over-the-shoulder view

To immerse players in Jack’s fears and struggles, a new camera angle has been adopted.

Just like the mainstream third-person perspective that RE2 and RE3 use in-game, SH2 will also apply the same formula, though the exact angles will obviously differ slightly to conform to the general tone and style of the game.

Unreal Engine 5

Taking advantage of the PS5’s powerful GPU, SH2 is built using the new-and-improved Unreal Engine 5 (UE5), offering impressive lighting effects, facial features, and meticulous textures.

Special emphasis was given about UE5’s Lumen and Nanite capabilities, the former providing realistic lighting effects that elevate the dark and gloomy town of Silent Hill, while the latter helps game developers to create photo-realistic assets and environments.

No screen loadings

The PS5’s fast SSD will essentially speed up in-game loading processes drastically, allowing SH2 to be played seamlessly when moving between different areas and interiors.

This helps in maintaining the momentum and engagement that players get when in suspenseful scenarios while playing Jack, making SH2 much more enjoyable and immersive.

Silent Hill 2 is a massive cult-classic that many true survival-horror fans will be excited to get their hands on. Even if it takes another year or two to realise its great remake potential, then we’ll all gladly wait just a little bit longer.

Silent Hill 2 has yet to have a release date but will be available for PlayStation 5, with a PC version coming later.

Source: PlayStation, YouTube

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