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Silent Hill: Book of Memories producer explains shift to action format

Thursday, 4th October 2012 08:30 GMT By Dave Cook

Silent Hill: Book of Memories is heading to PS Vita on November 2nd and the game’s producer Tomm Hewlett has explained why WayForward Technologies opted for an action multiplayer slant on the series.

Speaking on PS Blog US, Hewlett said, “We heard about PS Vita, and we really wanted to make a Silent Hill that was specially suited for that. We really wanted to experiment with multiplayer. Survival horror is a very particular genre, but with PS Vita’s online capabilities, it just made sense to do multiplayer here.”

“So we started to experiment with different gameplay styles, what was kind of compelling, and through a long random assortment of events and demos, we came across a dungeon crawler, action/RPG thing which is really compelling with multiple players.”

“Phantasy Star Online does it, and Diablo of course. So then we can kind of mess with it; if I’m with my friends and we get separated, that’s a classic horror trope right there. It’s not a totally different genre that doesn’t make any sense, it’s just sort of a new angle on Silent Hill.”

So it’s Silent Hill meets Diablo then. Does this sound like a good mix? Let us know below.

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2 Comments

  1. CycloneFox

    I played the demo yesterday and must say, that it plays extremly well. I’m a big fan of Silent hill and even though no game will ever reach SH2, I still enjoy every entry to the series.
    I didn’t have high expectations for this one, after reading alot of raging posts and the bad rating in PSN (I think something about 2,2 stars), but I wanted to test it anyway and it was very good. I don’t know why people give it such bad scores. It is true, that Silent Hill should be about psychology, the Pyramid-Head belongs to SH2 and Silent Hill should be made by japanese studios anyway, but this game plays really well as a dungeon-crawler and the Silent Hill settings suits it pretty well, too.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Hellhound30x

    Hey CycloneFox, Do you work for WayForward Technologies? Just wanted to ask because it sounds like you’re trying to sell me something… the game is garbage. Its not Silent Hill. FACT!

    #2 2 years ago

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