Nearly 10 minutes of gameplay footage relating to a development pitch for an unreleased PlayStation 3-exclusive Silent Hill title surfaces on the Internet.
With the last two Silent Hill titles to release being the PlayStation Vita’s Book of Memories, and Downpour for PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2012, it’s safe to say that plenty of fans of Konami’s horror franchise are long overdue for another entry in the eerie series. Of course, as many gamers will more than likely recall, the Japanese publisher and developer had another installment on the way in the form of Hideo Kojima’s and Guillermo del Toro’s Silent Hills, but it was unfortunately cancelled well before production could ramp up into high gear.
Interestingly enough, a PlayStation 3 exclusive Silent Hill game from the development team of Climax Los Angeles also got the same treatment from Konami prior to it ever being able to spread its proverbial wings and soar. Although the project ended up getting nixed, nearly 10 minutes of gameplay footage for the unreleased title’s lost pitch has made its way onto the Web.
As seen below in the video from the YouTube channel PtoPOnline, Climax Los Angeles’ Silent Hill game was to center around the protagonist Father Hector Santos, who travels from his home in El Paso, Texas in order to visit to a creepy town in Arizona after his niece Anna calls him up for help. As far as the gameplay is concerned, the project would have featured combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving similar to previous entries in the series, with the environment shifting and changing from realistic to dreamlike scenarios as the town started to get infected by past memories of the areas from Silent Hill. Plus, Santos would have had the ability to perform “holy rites and rituals,” and water would have been an important element used to purify areas.
Of course, with it being a Silent Hill game, it would have had series staple creatures such as Demon Nurses, Miners, Mumblers, and even Pyramid Head — the latter of which many consider to be one of the most original video game monsters. Alas, Climax Los Angeles’ unreleased Silent Hill game for PlayStation 3 didn’t get the initial green light from Konami, but it didn’t stop the studio there.
As a matter of fact, the developer regrouped, made some alterations to the narrative, and then pitched it once more under the banner of Broken Covenant, which was be released as an episodic title for both the PS3 and Xbox 360. Nevertheless, it wasn’t picked up, leaving the public with the tiny bit of gameplay footage above that re-used assets from Climax’s Silent Hill: Origins for the PlayStation Portable.
Taking all of this into consideration, one can only hope that Konami eventually revives Silent Hill for the current generation of platforms. However, should the publisher eventually do so, it will be hard-pressed to top the suspense and supernatural terror found within Kojima’s P.T. demo for Silent Hills.
Silent Hill is generally acclaimed as one of the best horror game franchises of all time, and its games span myriad platforms.