Rumor: Silent Hill Remake For PSP?
It was the first real competitor to Capcom's popular Resident Evil franchise, and many fans of the burgeoning genre would even say that Silent Hill was creepier and more atmospheric in some ways. Wouldn't it be nice to relive the original experience in portable fashion?
According to the Videogaming247 blog, it seems that UK developer Climax is working on a remake of Silent Hill for both the PSP and Wii. The latter project will make use of the motion-sensing control scheme for torch functions in the game, and we have no solid details on the PSP version. Neither Climax or Konami has commented on the issue, though, so this remains classified as a rumor. The original Silent Hill was released way back in 1999 - perhaps it makes sense to celebrate its 10th anniversary? - and it kicked off a new survival/horror series that produced several nightmarishly frightening installments. As for evidence of this remake, you can visit the Climax website; the project in question is that "New Wii and PSP Game" in the bottom left. Konami does have a PlayStation 3/Xbox 360 project in the works as well, but that's looking like more of a standard, big-budget title that we may hear about at this year's E3. Wonder what that one is...
For our part, we wouldn't mind seeing a Silent Hill remake on the PSP. It would let gamers in a new generation experience a title that marked a coming-of-age revolution for the genre in question. Sure, RE blazed the trail, but in many ways, SH helped.
2/26/2009 Ben Dutka