Significantly-reworked takes on classic games are in vogue, and publisher Konami is getting into the act with Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
, a new multiplatform version of the series' first game.
In development for PlayStation 2, Wii, and PSP, Konami promises Shattered Memories
"takes a different path in many, many ways" to its 1999 PlayStation predecessor.
Development of the game is being handled by Climax Studios. The independent company already has experience with the franchise on both PlayStation 2 and PSP, having released the prequel game Silent Hill: Origins
Konami's announcement makes particular mention of the Wii version of the game, highlighting control mechanics such as using the Wii remote as a cell phone or torch, and using the system's motion capabilities to manipulate puzzle elements.
"Such technology was not available when the original Silent Hill
was released in 1999," the publisher points out.
Also planned for the game are a newly-created score by longtime series composer Akira Yamaoka and a new "psycho profile" mechanic that aims to tweak parts of the world and the player's actions based on past actions.
All three versions of Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
have been slated for release this fall.