There was a trailer shown at E3 this spring, so it hasn't really been a secret, but Konami officially announced today that it was working on Silent Hill 8 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to release in 2011. (By the way, Silent Hill 8 is a working title. Expect a suitable subtitle later on.)
"In honoring the rich history and strong following of Silent Hill, we're working hard to build a next generation horror game that the fans truly deserve," said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. "This Silent Hill introduces an all-new storyline and unique evolutions in gameplay, building on innovations and successes from over a decade of true survival horror and terror."
You will play prison inmate Murphy Pendleton, who finds himself stranded in the titular town after his prison transport runs off the road. The usual puzzles and combat with twisted monsters will ensue as he struggles to escape with his life. The press release promises " a dark, thought-provoking storyline which will appeal to fans of the early, classic Silent Hill series, as well as anyone who enjoys a deep, psychological horror experience," so I'm hoping it'll be more horror than combat. Because it was the combat to story ratio that killed Homecoming for me. I did enjoy Shattered Memories, though, so I'm hoping it's more along those lines. Oh, and they're also going to include side quests that will change depending on your play style, so it seems they'll be borrowing at least a little something from Shattered Memories...
I'm a complete Silent Hill junkie, prefering its more horror-based focus to Resident Evil's increasingly combat-heavy play. So clearly, I'm super-psyched for this. How about you? Fancy another trip to that foggy, horrific town?