Following rumors that horror sport developer Bloober Crew is remaking the legendary Silent Hill 2, CEO Piotr Babieno has stated he can’t remark, however hopes to make an announcement concerning the firm’s future initiatives “as quickly as we will”. He added that its unannounced challenge will “nonetheless be a Bloober Crew title”, even when it is made in partnership with one other firm. Babieno additionally defined that future Bloober video games shall be greater and extra gameplay-focused than prior to now, and won’t be “strolling sim”-type experiences.
Talking to IGN at Polish video games convention Digital Dragons, Babieno responded to rumors (first reported by influencer Nate the Hate and subsequently journalist Jeff Grubb) a couple of Silent Hill 2 Remake by saying:
“We will’t touch upon something we’re doing as a result of we admire our relationship with our companions, after all. So we will’t [say] something. We’ll make an announcement about our future initiatives as quickly as we will. So then you’ll know rather more.” Chuckling, he added, “Formally.”
Bloober Crew entered into a partnership with Konami — proprietor of the Silent Hill collection — final yr. Since then, a number of studies have linked the developer (which developed horror video games Layers of Concern, Observer, Blair Witch, and The Medium) with a Silent Hill challenge. It was even compelled to deny that some of its unused game concepts were planned Silent Hill titles. Bloober confirmed beforehand that it is concurrently working on two titles, one with Konami, whereas one other, resulting from be printed by Personal Division, is a brand new IP. Babieno tells me a 3rd title is in pre-production.
Later within the interview, I requested Babieno concerning the firm’s expertise working with a license holder within the case of Blair Witch, and the CEO briefly referenced one among Bloober’s upcoming initiatives, making clear that his firm’s method is to make video games by itself phrases, even when it is inside another person’s franchise.
“I might say that it’s arduous to work with somebody who [owns an IP you’re working on], however we’re at all times speaking with these licensors, [saying] ‘Guys we wish to use your license, however we wish to inform our personal story.’ If we aren’t in a position to inform our personal story, if we won’t have inventive freedom, it doesn’t make sense, as a result of Bloober Crew won’t make an important sport,” Babieno stated. “In case you are in a jail, you won’t be able to fly. In order that’s why we are attempting to solely [make] these titles during which we’re feeling, ‘OK, will probably be a Bloober Crew sport, not somebody [else’s].’ So even on the challenge we will’t discuss [about], it would nonetheless be a Bloober Crew title.”
Babieno did not clarify that this was a reference to the Konami title, however it feels seemingly on condition that Bloober’s Personal Division sport is a brand new IP. If that’s the case, and Bloober is engaged on Silent Hill, Babieno’s phrases could possibly be taken to imply that the corporate is making use of its personal concepts to Silent Hill 2, or alternatively that its Silent Hill sport is definitely a brand new story within the collection completely. The CEO didn’t present any additional touch upon these traces.
Talking extra usually about Bloober Crew’s future, Babieno stated that the corporate was aiming to vary the sorts of video games it makes, whereas sticking with the darkish, psychologically targeted topic areas it has specialised in.
“There are lots of people in our crew who wish to do greater video games, with extra gameplay, with some sport mechanics [we haven’t used before] as a result of largely our previous titles had been experience-like, proper? It was extra concerning the temper, concerning the story, not essentially about gameplay. […] We wish to do video games which is able to inform our tales based mostly on the sport mechanics. So you could possibly count on that every of our future titles could have lots of gameplay mechanics. These titles shall be greater.”
He added that Bloober’s video games would proceed to transition away from the “strolling simulator” method of its early successes, corresponding to Layers of Concern.
“It’s not an enormous bounce, it’s reasonably evolution, however proper now we’re well-prepared to make video games much like Hellblade, to call [one example]. However I might say that we are going to nonetheless have our DNA – these video games will nonetheless belong to Bloober Crew’s legacy, and they are going to be greater. We’ll inform tales [through gameplay], it won’t be strolling sim sorts of expertise sooner or later, however nonetheless, the topic, these emotions which we’d [we would like our fans to feel], they are going to stay,” Babieno stated.
Apart from the rumors a couple of Silent Hill 2 remake, pictures from what’s rumored to be a model new Silent Hill had been revealed final week — and swiftly deleted after a copyright claim. The deletion appears to lend credence to their authenticity, though Konami has not commented.
Silent Hill 2 stays one of the vital beloved video games ever launched. We named the PS2 psychological horror one of the best games of all time, calling it “an exploration of the depths of human depravity and the consequences it has on the individuals and locations round us that few video video games have dealt with with such a disturbing grace and maturity.”