Silent Hill Downpour dev says multiplayer edition could come to XBLA

Although much of the paranoia and intrigue in the Silent Hill series comes from being isolated and unaware of your surroundings, Konami is apparently considering a multiplayer entry to be released through Xbox Live. Vatra Games art director Radek Marek, who is currently working on Silent Hill Downpour, revealed the info in the latest issue of Xbox 360 Magazine Italy.

According to a translation found on Hell Descent , Marek was asked "Can we expect a multiplayer mode in Silent Hill?"

"At the moment there will be no multiplayer modes in Silent Hill: Downpour," he replied. "But Konami are investigating a separate chapter devoted entirely to the multiplayer."

Such a game would a departure from the kind of experience Silent Hill fans have come to expect, but that doesn't mean it can't still provide a compelling experience. Capcom dabbled with the idea several years ago with Resident Evil Outbreak; we hope this alleged Silent Hill game fares better.

For now, obviously, the specifics remain unclear, even to those on the inside track. "We do not know the details but it should be an XBLA title that most players have to survive in the town of Silent Hill," said Marek via the translation.

UPDATE: Downpour's producer, Devin Shatsky, posted a statement in Hell Descent's forums, saying the following:

"Whoever that Italian interviewer was either took Radek's comments completely out of context, or it was lost in translation. As previously mentioned, we were (many moons ago) investigating a separate Multiplayer mode, but that was quickly extinguished when we costed it out and determined how much resource time it would detract from the core singleplayer experience."

[Source: Hell Descent]

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Mar 21, 2011




  • DreamWeaverPL - March 22, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    I want a PC release... :(
  • hester2 - March 22, 2011 1:33 a.m.

    Here's a cool idea that will never happen: take Left 4 Dead's AI Director, and make it human controlled with cooldown times. "Oh, hey opposing player in a dark corridor, your flashlight's batteries just went bad." "Just to freak you out, here are some knife-wielding kindergartners." "Damn, you really showed those five-year olds what's up. Oh, wait, who's that behind you? Oh, it's Pyramid Head!"
  • Lemurian - March 21, 2011 7:49 p.m.

    I still think there is hope for silent hill i thought shattered memories was awesome also origins wasnt too bad but its this downpour crap that gets on my nerves the graphics are too bright like there is no grain to make the game look dirty like it was in 1-3
  • CongratulagentAgentTHEAgentAntista - March 21, 2011 7:16 p.m.

    Silent Hill used to be a series that would make me extremely excited just by hearing the name. Now it does nothing for me. *hugs my SH1-4 copies*
  • Yaro - March 21, 2011 6:35 p.m.

    Well it proooobably could work as some sort of coop experience...can't really imagine a proper one though...not in silent hill, with all the "your personal nightmare" thing.
  • GorditaSlim - March 21, 2011 6:28 p.m.

    Silent Hill and multiplayer go together like toothpaste and orange juice. :/

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