Silent Hill 2 is back. The definitive survival horror title that can give Capcom’s Resident Evil games a run for their money, Silent Hill 2 has been remastered using all the muscle power Unreal Engine 5 has to offer and judging by the tape – recently released announcement, developer Konami is looking to capture the imaginations of those new to the game, as well as veteran revisiters. Silent Hill 2 will be released on PC and PlayStation 5. Note that Silent Hill 2 will remain a PS5 exclusive for one year.
For those who have never played Silent Hill 2 before, the story revolves around widower James Sunderland. The game begins when he receives a letter from his deceased wife, telling him that she is waiting for him in the mysterious town of Silent Hill. Once James reaches the misty town, things start to go from bad to worse as he soon realizes that the town holds deep secrets and insidious creatures to catch him.
The game’s austere atmosphere and attention to realism made the first Silent Hill 2 a memorable one. For starters, there was no HUD. To check James’ health, location, and other details, you had to access the pause menu. Also in the game, you can only read cards that you collect in areas with plenty of light or with a flashlight.
The idea wasn’t to directly engage with the horrific enemies, but to run from them or plan your way around them. After all, James isn’t a Doom guy. And finally, the only way to detect enemies in foggy streets was to use a radio to detect where the creatures might be.
The Silent Hill 2 remake teaser shows how the game stays true to its survival horror roots, enhanced with next-gen graphics and gameplay that not only makes James’ facial expression more real than ever , but also makes the fog-filled streets of Silent Hill that much stranger.
While the Unreal Engine 5’s Lumen feature bounces lights off the environment with lifelike likeness, the engine’s Nanite technology makes the grim world of Silent Hill ever closer to reality.
Silent Hill 2 on PS5 will make full use of the console’s 3D audio capabilities – a staple of horror games. The PS5’s SSD will also ensure players won’t see any loading screens when exploring the entire city.
A release date has yet to be announced by Konami, but the studio will also release two new titles – Silent Hill f and Silent Hill Townfall in the coming months. Another movie is also in the works, Return to Silent Hill, as well as Silent Hill Ascension, an interactive live-action series.