The Silent Hill franchise could spin off into different genres, reveal Konami – just as Capcom’s Resident Evil has done with recent and upcoming installments, such as Operation Raccoon City.
While the likes of Resident Evil have not been afraid to branch out in new directions, testing the water in different genres, Konami’s Silent Hill franchise has always stuck more rigidly to its survival horror roots. This might not be the case forever, though, as Konami’s Tom Hulett, senior associate producer on Silent Hill: Downpour (pictured), has suggested that there’s room to explore new ideas.
Speaking to BeefJack about potential new directions, Hulett pointed to the upcoming Silent Hill: Book of Memories on PS Vita, which alters the player’s point of view and adds RPG elements. There could be the opportunity to try even more new directions, he said.
“I definitely think Silent Hill has room to expand into different spinoff genres – as Resident Evil has as well – as long as they keep the fundamental themes of the series intact,” he explained.
There were, of course, early rumours that Downpour would be a first-person shooter – and since it was revealed otherwise, there have been suggestions of last-minute design plan changes at developer Vatra Games. But Hulett took the opportunity to deny these rumours.
“Downpour was never going to be an FPS,” he said. “That was just the result of some overzealous fans reading too much into a posting on Vatra’s website.”
You’ll be able to read our full interview with Tom Hulett on BeefJack very soon.