Konami has revealed a new Silent Hill game, but it’s not quite the equivalent to P.T. that fans would’ve hoped for…
If you remember what Konami did with the Metal Gear Solid 3 remake, that turned out to be a pachinko game, you’ve probably already guessed what’s going on with this new Silent Hill game.
On one hand it’s good news because it proves that Konami actually remembers Silent Hill, but on the other hand it’s a depressing way to treat one of the most important horror franchises in gaming history.
It’s not even the first time Silent Hill has been used like this, as there was already a 2015 pachislot machine in Japan; although this coin-op seems like it’s aimed more at the West.
Judging by the image, the machine will use assets from 2012’s Silent Hill: Downpour, although the marketing blurb implies other entries from the series will also feature.
The official description, released ahead of the coin-op’s appearance at a trade event in Las Vegas, describes it as a ‘for-wager slot experience’ where ‘dual series launch themes leverage thrilling scenes, sounds, and characters from Konami’s recognised entertainment legacy’.
‘This cabinet is a striking combination of sleek entertainment, premium packaging, and player comfort, backed by a rich library of original titles,’ says Konami’s Tom Jingoli.
‘Everything, including its shape, screens, betting surface, and available merchandising, has been engineered to maximise both player experience and operational results. This latest cabinet is a first glimpse at great things to come from Konami.’
Now there’s a threat if ever we heard one.
The last video game released in the Silent Hill series was the awful Silent Hill: Book Of Memories in 2012, but Silent Hills was to have been a major revamp for the franchise. It only got as far as the P.T. demo though, before Hideo Kojima was forced out of Konami and the whole project was cancelled.
Whether Konami will ever consider making another Silent Hill game is unclear, but we suppose some of that depends on how well this gambling machine does.
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