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Rumor: Silent Hill Origins in trouble?

Our eagerly-anticipated Silent Hill Origins may be in a little bit of trouble. The game's developer, Climax, recently laid off 14 of its workers in order to "integrate into a single management structure." (Source: Gamespot) According to Kotaku (you should already put on your "doubt" visors), the main reasoning behind the lay-offs was to "salvage the disastrous development of Silent Hill Origins for the PSP." The article continues to state that "the game had been cut extensively... shriveled down to a handful of much smaller levels and three to four hours of gameplay... Konami was understandably disappointed... and employees were told there were "no assurances" that the Origins project would continue."

While it would be disastrous if this rumor were true, I'm going to take a leap of faith and say it's untrue. The Kotaku report states that a working engine wasn't made available until June, which sounds false considering the game's incredible graphics engine (which was playable). Secondly, I highly doubt the folks at Konami would allow for a high-caliber project like this to fall apart, especially with their other high-profile PSP titles coming down the pipeline. Lastly, a developer in supposedly as much trouble as Climax wouldn't also be working on another high-profile game: Oblivion for the PSP. Climax is a relatively prolific developer: a few layoffs most likely won't affect the future of any of the games in development.

[Via PSP-Vault]

Bloody beautiful Silent Hill trailer [Update 3]

A few hours ago, we revealed the very first footage of the game in motion. Now, Konami has revealed an official trailer from the Games Convention in Germany Konami's Gamer Day, and it is absolutely mind-blowingly beautiful. Comparing the game to Resident Evil 4 seems apt, not only because of the gameplay, but because of the insane quality of the graphics. Watch and be amazed.

[Update 1: Footage actually from Konami's Gamer Day, not Games Convention. Also, Gamespot has added two excellent gameplay videos to their site. They seem to feature some awkward hit detection and camera, but hopefully that'll be worked out soon. Check out video 1 here and video 2 here.]

[Update 2: A video interview with the producer reveals that the playable build is very early, with most everything being placeholders. So, yes... the graphics and the animations are going to be much better. Players of the original Silent Hill be able to experience how the town became the way it did, but the main character of the game is not responsible for it. The town will be a mix of old and new, with two thirds of it being new. The game will be large: "a good size PSP game." The game features 4 vocal tracks, one of them being featured in the trailer.]

[Update 3: Another video of the game in motion, now featured after the cut.]

Continue reading Bloody beautiful Silent Hill trailer [Update 3]

Silent Hill Origins gameplay footage [Update 1]

PSP Fanboy once wrote: "So how about a port of Resident Evil 4? The new over-the-shoulder camera style would be perfect for the handheld!"

Well, we might not have Resident Evil yet, but it looks like Silent Hill Origins will fit the bill just nicely. This first gameplay video (delivered by Playstation Portable.de) leaked from the floors of the Games Convention in Germany doesn't show off any enemies, but it shows some particularly nice graphics (the fog looks great), atmosphere and familiar controls. Hopefully we'll discover more nuggets of gameplay over the course of the convention, so keep it locked in to the Fanboy.

[Update 1: According to PSP World, the game will offer "a cinematic experience comparable to the previous games, but framed within interactive moments." That sounds a lot like Resident Evil 4's button-mashing cutscenes to me.]

[Via IGN Boards]

Konami producer reveals more Silent Hill Origins details

Konami producer reveals more Silent Hill Origins details
You know a video game franchise has made it big when a prequel is released. Konami is doing just that with Silent Hill Origins for the PSP. Konami recently released Silent Hill Experience, a PSP-formatted graphic novel, but Origins will be the first full-fledged action game released on a portable.

Konami producer William Ortel talked briefly about the prequel at Comic-Con, but he recently gave a more lengthy, in-depth interview with Chris Remo from Shacknews.

In the interview, Ortel reveals:
  • Alessa, Dahlia and Dr. Kaufmann will be in Origins;
  • The game references key events from the original Silent Hill;
  • There will be new areas of Silent Hill players have never seen before;
  • Series composer Akira Yamaoka is doing the music for the game;
I must say, if there's one game I'm most excited about playing on the PSP, it's Origins. The Silent Hill franchise has always been incredibly freaky, and we haven't had anything like that on the PSP so far. Konami, you already have one future buyer in me.

[Via Shacknews]

Silent Hill Origins - Comic-Con interview

The exclusives keep on hitting the PSP. Konami showcased Silent Hill Origins for the PSP and GTtv caught up with Producer William Oertel to find out more about the game. You can just watch the video embedded above, but here are some of the more interesting details he points out:
  • It's a prequel to the original Silent Hill, not a remake.
  • "[The main character] is an interesting character... he's a little bit more physical... he's not too emo."
  • "It's going to be a much more personal experience than playing on the console."
  • The barricade system modifies controls so that it changes constantly, making it much more interesting and dynamic.
  • "It's a huge game."
It seems like Konami's placing a lot of effort into their PSP efforts, and they have to be commended for that. This game, along with Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, show that the company knows what it's doing.

Silent Hill: Origins trailer goodness


This is the fist videogame trailer to actually disturb me. Freaky is an understatement. Anymore information would just spoil it.
Dig that trailer music, though.

This is one I've added to my "must buy" list.

Digital comics to solidify on the PSP


We can't believe we missed this bit of news during the recent Konami press event, but we figured it was cool enough to talk about anyway despite the late arrival. Metal Gear Solid will appear in a never-before-seen digital comic book format on the PSP, replete with fancy-shmancy animations, sound effects and visuals courtesy of illustrator Ashley Wood. The comic is similar in treatment to the previously announced Silent Hill UMD, but will feature characters who do all their brooding in an entirely different, less macabre fashion. No release date has been set for this treat, but it's safe to say that we're all already itchy with anticipation.

Silent Hill: Experience this!

Konami held a press event yesterday that heralded the arrival of some pretty darned cool things for the PSP, one of them being the upcoming The Silent Hill Experience UMD.

The Experience follows somewhat in the footsteps of The Animatrix series in that it will feature a collection of six 15-minute animated comics, all of which are related to the Silent Hill universe. The trailer for the UMD is pretty compelling: the animation looks amazing, and the stories they depict appear extremely engaging. Interviews with the animation director and the music composer for Silent Hill are also included on the UMD, as are content from all of the games in the series and a bit from the as yet to be released film.

The Silent Hill Experience will creep into stores this Spring. Plan to buy some new underpants before then.

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