Silent Hill has been in the hands of Western developers for the last few releases. Silent Hill: Origins, Silent Hill: Homecoming and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories were all handled outside of Japan. Whether or not that trend continues with the inevitable next Silent Hill is unclear, but Shattered Memories producer Tomm Hulett recently told me the fan reaction to Shattered Memories has emboldened him to continue taking the Silent Hill series in new and unexpected directions.
"If a series is around this long it has to change," said Hulett. "With previous games, I think we were stuck trying to make the same Silent Hill games we had made before, so with Shattered Memories, it was 'here's a bunch of ideas but they're totally different but they still fit the themes, so if we go to these places, will players still follow us there?'"
Even though Shattered Memories has received a tepid reaction from the press, word-of-mouth has continued to spread on the game's unique take on Silent Hill's mythology and surprising ending.
"So now it opens up the possibilities to the future of, you know, we can revisit old ideas with some new philosophies behind them or change it even further or experiment a lot more," he said, teasing about what's possibly next for our favorite cult-driven fog town. "That'll mean each game is unpredictable and if something's unpredictable, it's a lot easier to scare you than if you know what to expect already."
Earlier in my interview, Hulett said his favorite game in the series was Silent Hill 2. With a reimagining of the original Silent Hill out of the way, could Silent Hill 2 be next? Oooh, sign me up.