Konami's Silent Hill series has the formula nailed down for delivering interactive horror successfully, a mix of creepy environments, terrifying monstrosities, limited resources and a focus on one character's solo journey in each game. Interestingly, the latter two ingredients seem to have been done away with for Silent Hill: Book of Memories, the first appearance for the series on Sony's incoming PlayStation Vita platform.
New details came from Konami's GamesCom press conference, with the word being that Book of Memories is built as a multiplayer-oriented action game presented from a top-down, isometric perspective (think Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light), according to Joystiq. Several characters from previous games were seen sharing the screen together, and Book of Memories will apparently prompt players to create their own avatar.
The game will also feature gun and melee combat, as well as some sort of RPG-like progression or upgrade system. Those who hold the series' ongoing story can take heart in the fact that Book of Memories exists outside the established canon.