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Former Series Writer Says Silent Hill 2 Remake is a 'Poison Chalice'

Former Series Writer Says Silent Hill 2 Remake is a 'Poison Chalice' - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 April 2023 / 3,548 Views

Sam Barlow, the writer and designer for Silent Hill Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, speaking with PCGamesN wished good luck the developer of the remake of Silent Hill 2 - Bloober Team and described it as a "poison chalice."

"Personally, I’m less excited about playing a remaster," said Barlow. "It's also like the biggest poison chalice in videogames, doing a remaster of Silent Hill 2. "I mean, good luck to them because I don’t know how you can do that without upsetting people."

He added, "The version of Silent Hill that I would love – which it sounds like they’re pushing – is that 'we use this as a platform to have a range of interesting psychological horror games,' right? And actually, can we see a breadth of gameplay? You know, Twilight Zone, and those kinds of anthologies give you a sense of what you’re getting yourself in for but you’re also excited to see the different ways in which they can be explored."

Bloober Team's Chief Marketing Officer Anna Jasińska in January admitted the team is feeling the pressure and wants to stick close to the original game with the remake.

"As for apprehension, yes, the pressure is high since we’re dealing with one of the best psychological horror games ever made," Jasińska said at the time. "We want to stick close to the original, and we will put it in the spotlight for years to come."

The remake of Silent Hill 2 is in development for the PlayStation 5 and PC. 

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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KazumaKiryu (on 28 March 2023)

i want a silent hill-remake by bluepoint games :(
silent hill was so good. But bloober team not for me. (only my opinion)

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badnewsforthem (on 29 March 2023)

i just hope Konami make good money from this and start making their games by them selves, it's always a bad sign when projects are outsourced to western developers

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Giggity_goo (on 28 March 2023)

the medium showed potential i think they are the right choice

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SquidLord (on 28 March 2023)

ok hold up why are we calling Sam Barlow a 'former silent hill writer' and not like. Sam Barlow, renowned game director of Her Story and Immortality fame.

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DonFerrari (on 27 March 2023)

I think his versions of Silent Hill were bigger poison chalices.

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 27 March 2023)

Dont fuck it up

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gtotheunit91 (on 27 March 2023)

I have a feeling this remake will be more like the Dead Space remake rather than the FFVII or Resident Evil 4 remakes. More shot-for-shot with QoL changes rather than any major reworks to gameplay or even the story. I'm still very interested to see how it turns out, but at the same time, Bloober Team has yet to make a game that blew everyone away.

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