Hi Guys! I hope you all were able to tune in for the Konami’s First Annual Pre e3 Event this evening (if not you can watch it here!). I was able to attend their San Francisco event over at the Temple Nightclub and I have to say Konami really knows how to throw a viewing party! Not only was there free food, and demos of their upcoming DLC games (Skullgirls FTW) but it also had an open bar which is always a nice bonus!
Unfortunately no one from the Downpour Development staff was at my event and neither was a Downpour demo but I still had a blast and and SUPER EXCITED about the loads of Silent Hill related tidbits that were revealed.
Silent Hill HD Collection
First, can I get a HELL YEAH for the Silent Hill HD Collection? This PS3 exclusive release will definitely push me to purchase a PS3 to play these HD upgrades this fall. The upgrades are being done by Hijinx Studios, an independent developer, based in Orange County, California. It’s a shame it’s only Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 at the moment though. I asked Brandon Cox, Konami’s Senior PR who attended the SF event, why Silent Hill 4/1/Origins weren’t included and he said it’s because Silent Hill 2 and 3 were their biggest sellers. That’s not to say the others won’t happen in the future but for right now it’s just those two. So if you would like to see the others be sure to let Konami know there’s a huge interest!
Another big announcement was the Transfarring technology that allows you transfer save files between your PS3 and PSP which will allow you to play your console games on the go. With Silent Hill 2 and 3 getting the HD upgrades it makes me wonder if they will also be available to use with this new tech in the future.
Silent Hill Book of Memories
Another bombshell was the announcement of another Silent Hill game: Book of Memories for the next gen PSP. Not much more was revealed but the title alone makes me wonder if it will tie into the Book of Lost Memories first seen in Silent Hill 2 some how. I thought maybe the game would be the “Lost Memories” book in interactive form but Cox later confirmed for me that it is a game with a brand new storyline and soundtrack that’s narrative is focused around the “Book of Memories”. As for any connections to previous Silent Hill titles…well Cox was coy with that information, we will just have to wait to hear more!
When I wrote this last night I had switched the game Hijinx was working on. I fixed the error this morning but I want to make sure you guys know that no developer has been named for BOM just yet and Hijinx is working on the HD collection!
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories…with Playstation Move?
Well Cox put this budding rumor to rest, there are no plans to put it on Playstation Move and as of right now Konami’s focus is just on Downpour, Book of Memories and the HD collection.
Silent Hill: The Arcade
Even though this really isn’t a fan favorite game I was curious whether or not we would ever see this sucker in the States either in an arcade or a port of some kind. Unfortunately according to Cox it’s not something on the horizon…darn!
Silent Hill Downpour Trailer and Developer Interview
Tomm Hulett presented an intro blurb about Silent Hill and introduced the new Downpour trailer and upcoming Silent Hill Projects. Even Silent Hill Revelation director Michael J Bassett and star Adelaide Clemens gave their thoughts on the movie and games, it was a nice little treat!
But the main star was the new Downpour trailer and man does this game look nice! This latest trailer was leagues better than the one shown e3 2010 trailer in the looks department. I’m definitely looking forward to a HD version to pick apart and take screens but here are choice bits that stood out for me while watching.
-Hey we now know how Murphy’s Prison transfer bus crashed the driver wasn’t paying attention didn’t see the large ravine in the road!
-Check out more of the monsters! the gremlin like ones are pretty creepy I wonder if it’s the “ape-like” one I remember from the e3 2010 trailer? Also, what’s up with the guy with the big hammer, is he a common enemy or something more like Pyramid Head?
-Creepy kid and a flash of a downed bike is never good. Some sort of accident in Murphy’s past? Is the kid Murphy? Did Murphy kill kids? Lots of questions here!
Red jacket guy is creepy too… seriously who jumps off a porch after going on about murder being a sin…did Murphy commit a murder in his past? Also, flash of new character who’s a nun…here’s hoping she’s not corrupt.
Okay a more detailed review of the trailer coming soon…right now I need to get some sleep! I want to thank Konami for putting on the event, it’s definitely wet my appetite for more e3 2011 info!