Silent Hill Remake Rumor Gains Steam
The hot handheld rumor is that Konami will issue a remake of the original Silent Hill for the PSP (and the Wii, apparently). And today, the plausibility of that rumor has escalated.
According to Kotaku, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has rated Silent Hill; the game received a rating of "15," with the obvious warning that it "contains strong violence." Unfortunately, this doesn't include a platform listing, but most normal people would find it a touch bizarre for the BBFC to issue a rating on a 10-year-old original PlayStation title. Thankfully, there are several scenes the BBFC used to make their decision, and that includes the likes of "HARRY, CYBIL, and DAHLIA" and "BAD ENDING PT.2." Those who are familiar with the original survival/horror title will recognize the names, certainly, and it's a good sign that a remake is indeed on the way. They could be talking about a remake or a simple re-launch of the classic on the PSN - to take its place amongst the other available PS1 classics - but everyone is still leaning towards a PSP/Wii release. For our part, we can easily remember the freakiness of the original Silent Hill, and we wouldn't mind reliving the fear-inducing experience. In many ways, it was creepier than Resident Evil...
We'll let you know if and when Konami finally decides to fess up, but in the meantime, ratings boards are typically good indicators. If they're taking the time to rate a title, one can bet it's in the works.
3/10/2009 Ben Dutka