Konami looking to ‘revive’ Silent Hill franchise, says director
Silent Hill is like a gold mine for Konami. With so many fans of the franchise around the world, the publisher is fully aware of its demand. However, despite all the hype and demand, we still have nothing for the popular modern-day franchise. We received a glimmer of hope via the PT demo in 2015, but that hope was also dashed by Konami’s Kojima release.
After years gone by, here we are again, hoping that a Silent Hill project will soon be officially announced. Now, to add more fuel to the fire of Silent Hill, the director of Silent Hill (2006) has revealed that Konami is indeed working on reviving the franchise and we may be getting several games from the series. Whether these games are remakes or new ones remains to be seen.
In an interview with the French site JEUXACTU, Christophe Gans said:
In fact, what happens is that… And we know it, it’s in the thing… The franchise (Silent Hill, editor’s note) is going to be relaunched in terms of video games, and therefore the film will be part of in a global policy. I believe on a forum someone deduced this and he is absolutely right; in other words, the film is indeed part of a whole. I’m not saying that it was Konami who asked us to make a new film, it just so happens that a few months before the start of the pandemic, we are at the start of 2020, with Victor Hadida, following the death of Samuel (Hadida, his big brother, editor’s note), we went through all the rights that Samuel had acquired and we said to ourselves… We have the Fatal Frame franchise and the Silent Hill license, something has to be done.
With so many rumors about a Silent Hill reboot, it’s another indication that new Silent Hill announcements are only a matter of time. Recently it was rumored that Bloober Team was working on a Silent Hill project, but that turned out to be false as their new game is something else (Layers of Fear).
In the same interview, Christophe Gans shared that the success of Konami’s Resident Evil 2 Remakes has played a galvanizing role for Konami when it comes to reviving the Silent Hill franchise.
What I can say is that the film is running. I work with Konami. Konami are all in and I think they’ve been galvanized by the success of the Resident Evil 2 and 3 reboots, which are wonderful games, we have to give Caesar what is Caesar’s.
Its comparison to the Resident Evil franchise makes a lot of sense. The Resident Evil remakes sold well and now we’re also getting a remake for Resident Evil 4. Konami also has a long list of Silent Hill games they can choose to remake.
Now, with everything they’re doing around the franchise, they must be very eager to make an announcement. On the other hand, they also have to be pretty careful because it’s an important franchise for them and they won’t want to mess it up. The apparent long delays are therefore understandable. A new game in the series could also be a good direction to take but for now, even a topical remake will be enough to quench fans’ thirst.