Award-winning game designer Sam Barlow is cooking up a pitch for a follow-up to Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. The pitch is not for Konami and won’t be affiliated with the Silent Hill franchise, but will serve as a spiritual successor. Barlow, speaking with IGN, said he wants to capture what made Shattered Memories special without directly linking the game to its original source material.
Barlow teased the follow-up in a Twitter post.
TFW an interviewer asks what you'd do to make a Shattered Memories follow-up today but you can't tell them because you're currently pitching that thing pic.twitter.com/ztnbcjjBck
— Sam Barlow (@mrsambarlow) October 7, 2020
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is Barlow’s follow-up of the first Silent Hill, with a reimagined gameplay and storyline. An eerie narrative sees the player come face to face with characters familiar to the franchise and uses player-influenced choices to determine unique outcomes and play-styles. Alongside other changes, Silent Hill’s iconic, rusty Otherworld was replaced by an ice maze, and combat was removed, making for an entirely new experience.
Barlow published his first independent game, Her Story, in 2015 after working as a lead designer and writer for Silent Hill: Origins and Shattered Memories. His focus has been on interactive gameplay, incorporating decision making, which affects each player’s story and outcome. His approach delivered two of the better instalments in the then-dwindling franchise, with the latter of the two entries providing an exemplar experience for subtle player-influenced world-building.
So, a Shattered Memories follow-up is in the works, and we couldn’t be more thrilled (or chilled… get it? Ice? Nevermind…). Let us know what you think in the comments down below, and check out our rankings for each Silent Hill OST if you’re thirsty for more (because ice? I’ll let myself out).