April 6th, 2009, 19:50 Posted By: wraggster
Following relentless internet chatter, Konami has finally confirmed the existence of its Silent Hill reimagining, Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, scheduled to release on Wii, PS2 and PSP this autumn.
Developed by Climax UK, the team responsible for the diminutive Silent Hill: Origins on PSP, Shattered Memories shares basic plot elements with Team Silent's classic original PlayStation survival horror outing. Once more, you fill the shoes of protagonist Harry Mason as he searches the fog-shrouded - and apparently now snowy - streets of Silent Hill in a bid to locate his missing daughter Cheryl.
However, Konami claims that NPCs now frequent different locations and offer new responses, with new paths and clues altering the original experience. What's more, while PS2 and PSP versions feature traditional control schemes, Wii owners can enjoy motion control elements attempting to increase immersion in Silent Hill's unsettling world. Your remote now serves as both a torch – to scour the darker corners of town – and a mobile phone. This latter element serves as a secondary interface for accessing GPS maps and photo-taking. Motion controls also enable players to interact with puzzles and examine objects on their journey.
Furthermore, Shattered Memories features something Konami is calling Psyche Profiling. As you play, the game monitors your actions – where you explore first, items you examine and your reactions to other characters – then adapts the unfolding experience accordingly. Konami also promises subtle visual alterations as you play, adding to the overall oppressive atmosphere. Long-time fans will be relieved to hear that – despite Konami's much-welcome attempts to overhaul the franchise – series stalwart Akira Yamaoka is back on board to serve up another sinister soundtrack helping.
We'll have more on Silent Hill: Shattered Memories very, very soon.
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