Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama has said that he’d like to someday return to psychological horror and create another game like his spooky classic.
Talking as part of a Q&A session about his new studio, Bokeh Game Studio, Toyama explained that he does hope to one day create something similar to Silent Hill, but that right now he has the ability to make something more action-packed, and so that’s what he wants to chase with Bokeh’s first game, Slitterhead.
“I want someday to do something with some classic psychological horror themes like I did with Silent Hill,” he said. “However, I’d rather do that when working with really limited resources, such as budget or having to focus on one individual. Right now, we have staff with the ability to work on action. I want to leverage their skills to go in another direction.”
“Still, I also want to make something more personal someday,” he concluded.
Slitterhead features action and combat sequences, but also involves aspects of more cerebral horror. “I wanted a game that could be enjoyed for its action, yet whose concept doesn’t solely revolve around killing enemies,” Toyama explained. “It conflicts with the mind, making the players reluctant to enter certain fights. I want to achieve both action and drama with this game.”
So while Slitterhead won’t be like Silent Hill, there’s still more to the game than just fighting human-eating monsters. Bokeh aims to use horror to “deepen the sense of immersion for the player” and won’t just focus on gore.
Toyama has said previously that he believes remaking Silent Hill would be a more difficult task than the recent Resident Evil remakes. Perhaps, then, we can hold out hope for a spiritual sequel from him instead.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.
Source: IGN Video Games All