Bloober Team, the Polish studio behind the critically acclaimed third-person horror game, The Medium, is rumored to be developing a new installment of Silent Hill for Konami. The speculation stems from Bloober Team CEO Piotr Babieno, who recently spoke to GamesIndustry.biz regarding his recently released psychological hit and teased that the studio was hard at work on another horror IP with a “very famous” publisher. Silent Hill was what immediately popped into everyone’s minds.
“[…] we’ve been working for more than a year on another gaming project, another horror IP, and we’re doing this with a very famous gaming publisher,” Babieno revealed. “I can’t tell you who. I can’t tell you what the project is, but I’m pretty sure when people realize we’re working on it, they will be very excited.”
VGC, which was one of the first outlets to make the connection, has added credence to the possibility of Bloober Team working on a Silent Hill game by noting that Konami has reportedly been shopping the franchise around to various companies. The publication’s sources claim that Konami has actually outsourced a new Silent Hill project to a “prominent” Japanese developer already, but with Bloober in the mix, fans might want to prepare for more than one installment when the iconic horror franchise finally makes its return following 2012’s Silent Hill: Downpour.
“Two people with knowledge of the Japanese publisher’s plans told VGC that it had originally approached Dark Pictures developer Supermassive to pitch a Silent Hill reboot,” the publication added. “The Supermassive project was ultimately not signed, but the framework for that game evolved into the episodic Dark Pictures titles.”
“Separate sources told VGC that the Japanese Silent Hill project was something of a departure from past Silent Hill games, so this also matches suggestions that Konami was looking to license alternative takes on the horror series.”
Bloober Team developing a new Silent Hill game doesn’t seem that far fetched, as The Medium seems to be heavily influenced by Konami’s classic horror franchise. The game also features music from famed Japanese composer Akira Yamaoka, who is best known for his Silent Hill soundtracks.