is a survival horror video game franchise, developed and published by Konami. In the series, the player takes control of an "everyman" protagonist traversing through the decrepit and nightmare infested remains of the town of Silent Hill. Typically, the storyline unravels a psychological repression regarding the cast of characters along with the tainted history regarding the eponymous town.
The first four games in the series were created by Team Silent, a development staff within Konami, which has since disbanded. Subsequent titles have been created by other developers: Silent Hill: Origins and the reimagine Silent Hill: Shattered Memories by Climax Studios, Silent Hill Homecoming by Double Helix Games, and a currently untitled installment from Vatra Games. There is also a series of comics, books, and novelizations based on the series. A film adaptation loosely based on the original game was released in 2006 directed by Christophe Gans. A second film is currently in pre-production.
Conceived by the game designer Keiichiro Toyama, the first Silent Hill was released in 1999 for the Sony PlayStation. The plot of the game centered on Harry Mason arriving in Silent Hill and his subsequent attempts at finding his adopted daughter, Cheryl. During the progress of the game, the protagonist Harry finds that Cheryl has a disturbing past as the details of her genesis are revealed. This game was followed by the release of the side story for Game Boy Advance called Silent Hill: Play Novel. Silent Hill 2, was released in 2001 for the Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox and PC. The extended versions for Microsoft Xbox and PC are sometimes referred to by the name Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams and feature an extra subplot scenario, as does the "Greatest Hits" re-release for the Sony PlayStation 2. The plot centered on James Sunderland, who had received a letter from his deceased wife informing him that she is waiting for him in their "special place", which leads him to Silent Hill. The second full sequel, Silent Hill 3, was released in 2003 for the Sony PlayStation 2, as well as for PC. Highly tethered to the events of the first game, the plot surrounds a teenager named Heather as she uncovers the mysteries that surround her past — including her own link to the haunted town. Silent Hill 4: The Room was released in 2004 for the Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox and PC. The plot follows Henry Townshend who finds himself mysteriously locked in his own apartment until a hole appears in his bathroom wall. The game features characters that are mentioned in previous titles.
A prequel, Silent Hill: Origins, developed by Climax Group, was released in 2007 for the Sony PlayStation Portable, and in March 2008 for the PlayStation 2. The plot features Travis Grady, a trucker with a disturbing past who becomes trapped in Silent Hill after rescuing a girl from a burning house. During his quest to find the fate of the burned girl, he encounters characters from the first game and some new ones from his own subconscious. The sixth installment, Silent Hill Homecoming, was officially confirmed on July 11, 2007, during E3 2007 for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and PC. The game tells the story of Alex Shepherd, a soldier who has returned from a war overseas. Shepherd discovers upon his arrival that his father has gone missing and his mother has become catatonic. Joshua, his brother, is the only one who can provide solace, but he soon vanishes. The game chronicles Shepherd's search to find his missing brother. Like Silent Hill: Origins, Team Silent did not develop the project; instead, development was done by Double Helix Games. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is a reimagining of the original Silent Hill by Climax Group, and was released for the Nintendo Wii and later released for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. It is "not a remake or a port" and all the character designs have been redone. The largest changes were a total removal of combat (monsters only appear in select areas of the game, where you're chased by them), and a focus on psychological horror. The game would test your personality at select points, and alter the game's story & monster designs accordingly. A new Silent Hill game was announced in April 2010. It is being developed by Czech studio Vatra Games for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It was confirmed at E3 in 2010, and a trailer was displayed. The music will not be created by Akira Yamaoka, but by film and TV composer Daniel Licht.
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