The creator of the original Silent Hill, Keiichiro Toyama, has provided an early preview of a future project as part of his new development company Bokeh Game Studio. Toyama was also the creator of Siren and, more recently, Gravity Rush. For the past 20 years, he worked at Sony as a first-party developer but left the company to set up his own independent studio last year.
In a video interview posted on Bokeh Game Studio’s YouTube channel (seen below), Toyama reveals how his new currently untitled game is a return to his roots in horror but still aims to entertain and exhilarate. He also mentions that comics in the “death game” genre were a particular inspiration for the new title. The video shows examples of concept art for the game, with many grotesque human/insectoid hybrid creatures, as well as a character equipped with a katana overlooking a cityscape. Toyama also speaks about his general sources of inspiration through his hobby of photography, as well as his philosophy on the underworld of all things scary.
The view I have of horror is the everyday life being shaken. Rather than showing scary things, it should question our position, make us challenge the fact that we’re living peacefully.
Despite the spooky elements, the new game will aim to be an action-adventure game that is meant to be a “broader entertainment experience” rather than focusing purely on horror. The game is expected to launch in 2023 and is aiming to have a multiplatform release, with the PC as the lead development platform.
What do you think of the Silent Hill creator’s future project? Are you excited about the return to horror? What do you think of the idea of mixing it with action? Let us know in the comments.