Silent Hill 2 remake: release date, trailers, gameplay, and more

There was a rumor here. It’s gone now. That’s right, the Silent Hill 2 remake rumors have faded into the mist and become reality. The cult classic that to this day tops many of the “greatest horror games of all time” lists is getting a complete remake. Contrary to the disappointment that was the HD Collection, this time the game is being completely remade for modern hardware. But with such a much-loved game and Konami’s disturbing track record in recent years, fans may be more concerned about this announcement than any immediate excitement.

Aside from a brand new graphics overhaul, remakes can mean many different things. In front of Silent Hill 2the question of what exactly will be – and, more importantly, will not be — Changed is in the minds of the devoted fanbase who hold the original in such high esteem. While Konami didn’t quite clear the fog about what? Silent Hill 2 this time we turned on our radios, checked every closed door and managed to come alive with everything you need to know about the Silent Hill 2 redo.

Note: There will be very minor spoilers for the plot of Silent Hill 2but nothing outside the premise.

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Publication date

Announcements can be hit and miss with giving release dates or even windows, and unfortunately, Silent Hill 2 the reveal of the remake was deafeningly loud as it didn’t give us any sort of time frame for when we can return to that city. That usually means the developers aren’t quite sure about when they expect to finish production, so we’re guessing we’ll have to wait at least a year for this game, if not more.

Platforms

James looks at X-rays.

Silent Hill 2 remake was revealed as a true current-gen exclusive, as well as a console exclusive to the PlayStation 5. PC players will also be able to experience the game at launch, whenever that may be, but Xbox players will have to wait until the exclusivity deal expires, which can be as short as six months or as long as a year.

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Silent Hill 2 – Teaser Trailer | PS5 games

The announcement trailer for the Silent Hill 2 remake is technically called a teaser because there’s no actual in-game visuals, but it still gives us a nice, long look at the creepy town of Silent Hill.

It opens in the same dingy bathroom as the original game, but this time James looks a lot more distraught. He looks at himself in the mirror and wonders if Mary can really wait there for him, knowing she’s already passed away from “that damn disease three years ago.”

James steps outside, passes the familiar map of the city at a restaurant and walks down a street as Mary’s voice comes in with the iconic line, “In my restless dreams I see that city. Silent Hill.”

We move on to the disturbing scene where James first sees Pyramid Head in the apartments and Laura sees outside the hospital. Even some late game scenes, such as with the noose, are shown.

What appears to be a new cutscene of James assaulting a nurse only plays for a moment, but could point to more such additional scenes.

Before the title drops, we see the meeting of James and Maria and Pyramid Head walking in from the rain.

Much more was revealed thanks to a PlayStation blog post with Konami producer Motoi Okamoto and the creative director and chief designer at Bloober Team. It was mentioned in the trailer, but reiterated that both Masahiro Ito and Akira Yamaoka, the original creature designer and composer respectively, will be joining Bloober Team in developing this remake. Many attribute much of the original game’s success as an enduring horror masterpiece to the original Team Silent, so having two of those members involved may give some fans some peace of mind.

The primary goal for Bloober Team with the Silent Hill 2 remake is to “keep the atmosphere that made” Silent Hill 2 so exceptional, while also modernizing many aspects of the game’s overall gameplay.”

While they don’t explicitly state how they will or won’t change the story, that’s probably the part most fans are curious about. While some shots seem new, we’ll have to wait and see if there are any substantial changes in that department.

Gameplay

Pyramid Head walking in the rain.

The trailer showed no gameplay, but again the blog sheds light on how they wanted to modernize Silent Hill 2.

The original Silent Hill 2 used a semi-fixed camera that would track and pan as you moved dynamically through environments. You had some control, but it was mainly meant to frame things in a specific way.

With the Silent Hill 2 remake, the team has decided to adopt a more traditional third-person, over-the-shoulder style, in a similar fashion to Resident Evil 2 Remake shifted from the fixed cameras of the original. This change is intended to make the game more immersive and visceral, leading to a new combat system.

The original had a clunky (perhaps intentionally so) melee combat system and simple firefights. We don’t know how much mechanically will be different, just that the team says they plan to use the new perspective and combat system to rebuild set pieces and ways to keep the player immersed.

The team also points out that the Silent Hill 2 remake will run on Unreal Engine 5, and they specifically point out the Lumen and Nanite features. Lumen is their dynamic lighting system that allows light to interact with the environment in realistic ways to allow for more natural lighting. Naniet, meanwhile, was used to create highly detailed environments and levels.

Since it’s exclusive to the PS5 console, there will also be features that take advantage of that particular hardware. 3D audio was emphasized as a way to take players deeper into the titular city and to use the controller’s haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.

multiplayer

James fights a lying figure with a plank.

No. Staying true to the original, Silent Hill 2 remake will be a lonely, lonely and foreboding experience that can only be tackled solo.

Pre-order

A foggy street in Silent Hill.

The Silent Hill 2 remake is still a long way off. While we’d love to tell you how to book a seat in this quaint seaside town, it’s not quite done yet. Once the pre-order information goes live, we’ll update you on all the gory details.

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