Konami announced a new installment of the scary, creepy, thriller Silent Hill at their E3 press conference. Silent Hill: Homecoming was the last installment of the series to make an appearance on the PS3 console, which was developed by Foundation 9 Entertainment and Double Helix Games. The new game will be simply titled ‘Silent Hill 8’, (according to the press release, but this is a working title) delivering the same feeling of horror and suspense that we’ve come to expect from the series.
It’s under development over at Czech outfit Vatra Games, but expect series mainstays like weird enemies, parallel worlds, blood, gore and lots of general horror. Apparently the combat will be different than past titles in the series, with Konami promising that it will improve “in a logical direction”.
The game will “try and give gamers a feeling of helplessness and dread”. The trailer shows the walls disintegrating around the player as he tries to survive in the dark and rainy world, accompanied by his faithful flashlight and gun. The game also follows a new protagonist, a convict (the jumpsuit and shackles gave it away a bit) with blonde hair called Murphy Pendleton. A bus transporting him crashes into a ravine, with everyone but him and a female law officer dying. They explore the area and walk straight into Silent Hill. After that, there were some typical Silent Hill moments; torchlight exploration through dark houses, random creatures attacking you for no reason whatsoever and rusted iron features everywhere.
One other interesting bit of information is that the composer who does the music for amazing TV show Dexter, Dan Licht, will be sorting out the music side of the game. Silent Hill 8 is set to be released in 2011 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. We’ll be updating this post with a YouTube embed of the trailer once a high quality video appears.