Silent Hill Reboot Rumours Swirl As Blair Witch Developer Bloober Drops Hints

Silent Hill Reboot Rumours Swirl As Blair Witch Developer Bloober Drops Hints

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Richard Walker

As Silent Hill marches towards its ninth year without a new game, reboot rumours have started to gain some steam, with Blair Witch and The Medium (for Xbox and PC) developer Bloober Team the latest studio to drop potential hints that it could be tasked with resurrecting Konami's long-dormant, much-loved horror series.

“We've been working for more than a year on another gaming project, another horror IP, and we’re doing this with a very famous gaming publisher,” Bloober CEO Piotr Babieno told GI.biz. “I can’t tell you who. I can’t tell you what the project is, but I’m pretty sure when people realise we’re working on it, they will be very excited.”

Recently, Silent Hill and The Medium composer Akira Yamaoka also teased that he's working on a new horror game, remarking: “I think it's the one you're hoping to hear about". Of course, this immediately got tongues wagging about Silent Hill again, and Yamaoka added that he's collaborating with Bloober on another project, to boot.

Further rumours have also suggested that another Silent Hill title could also be in the works at a Japanese studio, giving rise to the possibility that not one, but two Silent Hill reboots could be in the pipeline at Konami. This has also been posited by industry insider Dusk Golem on Twitter, who has a track record with this sort of thing.

Two sources close to Konami's plans has revealed to VGC that The Dark Pictures and Until Dawn studio Supermassive had also been approached for a Silent Hill reboot, but a deal ultimately wasn't signed. VGC has also been told that the Japanese Silent Hill project was set to be a departure from previous entries in the series.

With Bloober almost inextricably tied to psychological horror titles like The Medium, the Polish studio would certainly be a good fit for Silent Hill - in fact, we suggested as much in our review of Xbox-exclusive The Medium here, stating: “Now, someone (Konami) give Bloober a massive budget and the Silent Hill license, for crying out loud”.

As if all of that wasn't enough, Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama and his new dev team Bokeh Game Studio also has a new horror title up its sleeve, sharing horribly macabre concept art in a new video earlier this week. Between that and Silent Hill potentially returning, as well as Resident Evil Village and so on, it's a good time to be a fan of horror games. Fingers crossed.

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  • ill start caring if there is ever an official announcement
  • I'm with @1 pretty much, 2020 was full of Silent Hill rumour after rumour, I just want an announcement already lol
  • Bloober Team are incompetent as hell so this news doesn't inspire any confidence in me.
  • "drop potential hints" — I'm sorry, but no. They either dropped hints or they didn't. Otherwise, everything is a potential hint unless explicitly denied. Nothing they said hints specificly to Silent Hill. It is not impossible Silent Hill was meant, of course, but that's about it.

    Also, if I understand this correctly, Yamaoka hinted at SH and then said he's working on something else with Bloober ... wouldn't that mean the Bloober game is NOT the Silent Hill project? Unless there are two projects and Yamaoka works on both.

    That being said, I am not sure I want them to do Silent Hill. From their previous work, I doubt they'd make it a convincing survival horror game. (No shade, I liked everything I played from them, even the Blair Witch game mostly considered mediocre, but it's simply
    a different genre.)
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