Silent Hill fans, hold onto your butts. Konami today dropped a ton of news about the future of its iconic horror franchise, and aside from confirming a long-rumored remake of Silent Hill 2, the studio revealed three new games in the same universe: Silent Hill Townfall, Ascension and f. They all sound like incredibly different experiences.
Townfall comes from Annapurna Interactive and No Code, a Glasgow studio known for strong narrative skills and horror world-building in titles like Observation and Stories Untold. The short teaser for Townfall features an old-school pocket television clipping through tense conversations and disturbing scenes, and it looks to be the most traditional Silent Hill game of the trio.
Ascension is the least game-like installment here, but it comes with a big name attached: JJ Abrams. It’s an interactive streaming series where “the entire community shapes the canon of Silent Hill,” and its tagline is “Face Your Trauma Together.” Ascension comes from Abrams’ studio, Bad Robot, and Genvid, a company that produces interactive live shows. It’s described as “a new form of entertainment that blends community, live storytelling and interactivity.” Ascension is due out in 2023.
And then there’s Silent Hill f, a game that sounds like an exciting departure for the series. It’s coming from Ryūkishi07, a creator known for crafting acclaimed visual novels with psychological horror and supernatural mysteries at their core. The teaser for f is gorgeous and gruesome, featuring a young woman as she’s consumed from the inside-out by the tentacles of a flesh-eating plant. A YouTube description for the teaser says the game is “set in 1960s Japan featuring a beautiful, yet horrifying world.” The video only gets bloodier as it goes, so dip out early if it’s making you squirm — or lean in and get a good look, you lovely freak. There’s no word yet on a release date or platforms for f.
And that isn’t where Konami’s renewed interest in Silent Hill ends — alongside Bloober Team’s remake of Silent Hill 2, a new movie called Return to Silent Hill is in the works from Christophe Gans, the director of the 2006 film adaptation.