Internet thinks new Silent Hill might be an FPS

Is the next Silent Hill a first-person shooter? The internet sure as hell thinks so right now, and debate is already raging on sites from Destructoid to GameGrep to 1up to Kotaku to relyonhorror about whether the change would be good or bad for the series. It certainly seems believable; the series has been trending toward action for some time now, with games like Silent Hill: Homecoming and Silent Hill: The Arcade trading slow-burn fear for sudden scares and accurate gunplay. But is there really any meat to this story, or is everyone getting worked up over nothing?

Above: Pyramid Head doesn't care, so long as he gets to keep holding that gun

Sure, lots of blogs and news sites are reporting on this right now, but the news didn't originate with them. Nor did it originate with GameGrep, to which several sites have been linking. If you follow the links, they ultimately trace back to one source: this news post on FPSTime from last week, which in turn says the news that the next Silent Hill would be an FPS came from Gamasutra and a PDF found on Big Download. 

Above: An image from the alleged PDF, taken from here

The problem is, neither the alleged original statement by GamaSutra nor the original PDF are linked to in the news post. After a quick search of both sites, it turns out the PDF - linked to in this Big Download story - has apparently been yanked from the web. While that seems like a sure sign that Something Is Up, all the image really says is that developer Vatra is capable of creating FPS and action games. Nowhere does it directly say that either of the two projects in development (which have since been revealed as the next Silent Hill and Rush'N Attack Ex-Patriot) are an FPS.

At that, the most recent reference to Vatra on Gamasutra says only that the company is developing the next Silent Hill, and has no mention of the words "FPS" or "shooter" at all. Vatra's own site, for its part, says only that the company is working on "two unnanounced titles" (which have since been announced). Other than that, there's no reliable source that suggests the next Silent Hill is an FPS, despite nearly every gaming outlet on the planet posting a story that says just that. It could also be that Vatra asked for the PDF to be pulled after this news broke, hoping to cover its tracks so its E3 reveal of a new first-person Silent Hill can still have some impact.

So what does all this mean? It's certainly not unlikely the next Silent Hill will be an FPS, but it's also possible someone made a connection that wasn't there (maybe spurred on by the terrifying announcement of an XCOM FPS) and the internet ran with it. With no official word from Konami or Vatra, we'll just have to wait and see. Either way, one thing is certain: the news prompted seemingly everyone to create their own silly mockups of what a Silent Hill shooter would look like (including us!). Our own effort is above, but here are a couple of the better ones from other outlets:

Above: From Destructoid 

Above: From 1up 

April 21, 2010


  • RebornKusabi - April 22, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    I honestly belong in the "Horror can work in First-Person" camp. I feel System Shock 2 wouldn't have worked as well with a Third-Person perspective and First-Person View in the Xbox version of Fatal Frame 2 actually made the game faaar more intense and atmospheric. Then again, I belong in the "Horror games actually scare me WAY MORE than just watching a Horror movie which don't scare me at all" camp... so I obviously don't reflect the vast majority -_-
  • phoenix_wings - April 22, 2010 12:41 a.m.

    It could be...possible to do a Silent Hill game with FPS. Fear was pretty scary, but the FPS does tend to pull away from the slow-burn and up the pace a bit. Metro 2033 had a good feel to it...but a double win for Rely on Horror getting mentioned! Thanks for looking at our site (jeeves86 :D)!
  • Redeater - April 22, 2010 1:39 a.m.

    as long as its better then shattered memories. good game but no action
  • Spydie4x4 - April 22, 2010 1:40 a.m.

    Whatever, I'll play anything as long as its in first person.
  • Redeater - April 22, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    @Spydie4x4 WHOA. Lets not say things we can't take back. Far Cry 2. :(
  • RebornKusabi - April 22, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    I second Far Cry 2... that game, even when patched, was still broken beyond belief >_<
  • michaelmcc827 - April 22, 2010 1:56 a.m.

    This actually might get me interested into the Silent Hill franchise, I always think first person is more immersive and works better for horror than third person.
  • chrisat928 - April 22, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    God, I really hate this generation. A Silent Hil FPS is the stupidest possible thing you can do to the series, which is already in trouble. Please let the world end in 2012.
  • n00b - April 22, 2010 2:50 a.m.

    it will probably be like the condemned games. those were horror games in first person. which is kinda good and kinda bad
  • CH3BURASHKA - April 22, 2010 4:04 a.m.

    Will there be Locusts?
  • JayLin22 - April 22, 2010 7:50 a.m.

    I think the original Condemned: Criminal Origins would be a great template to work from. The awkward, lumbering movement of your character is there; the clunky meleé combat is stressful but satisfying... I think it's the way to go. Silent Hill needs a major reboot, and this could just work - I'll be holding thumbs...
  • tomasfr89 - April 22, 2010 2:12 p.m.

    Didn't you guys made an article about franchises you could fix and proposed that Silent Hill should become an FPS just like Condemmned? Those guys from Gamasutra are stealing your ideas,man! Still, it could be awesome, and let's hope they forget the whole "Shattered Memories" reboot.
  • Amnesiac - April 22, 2010 8:38 p.m.

    Who says the series can't function in first person? Probably the same people who said that Resident Evil going full-out action game wouldn't work. Whoops! I don't think the idea is destined to fail for a minute. In fact, it could work brilliantly (as long as they don't try to mimic RE by going balls-out action).
  • Stebsy - April 23, 2010 7:22 a.m.

    Silent hill should stay a third person. They need to go back to the series roots and look at why Silent hill 2 worked so well and to a lesser extent 3 and 4. Those games werent about cheap scares and lots of gore like basicly all western horror games are like (yes im talking to you Fear 2 and dead space!!!!) it was about atmosphere and pacing. If they dont stick to that formula then all wel have is another fear on our hands>

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