E3 07: Silent Hill V - first screens and details

Silent Hill V is in development for Xbox 360 and PS3 and we've got the first two screenshots from the horror sequel.

Konami's also spilled some details on the plot saying the story follows war veteran Alex Shepherd who has returned from a tour of duty overseas.

"Alex," says Konami, "has taken compassionate leave following the news that his younger brother, Joshua, has gone missing. Initial investigations lead Alex to the small, insular community of Shepherd's Glen, before he finds himself in the mist-shrouded and seemingly empty streets of Silent Hill..."

The company's gone on to reveal that the sequel features an enhanced combat system "to execute a number of offensive and defensive moves to counter the eclectic collection of nightmarish creatures that dwell within the town," and adds we'll have more control that ever over the game's central character.

Silent Hills' puzzle side is being beefed up too, and composer Akira Yamaoka returns to score a new soundtrack.

Unsurprisingly Konami is talking of "an incredibly realized world of shadowy terror" with Silent Hill V thanks to the power throbbing away under the hoods of PS3 and Xbox 360. The first screenshots don't exactly show much, but hey it's a first look, right?

There's no release date confirmed as yet.

July 16, 2007