Keiichiro Toyama, father of the Silent Hill saga, says that remaking a game like Resident Evil is easier. It is currently part of the Bokeh Games studio.
A remake of Silent Hill ? In the style of those that Resident Evil has received ? Many of us would probably ask where we have to sign, but the father of the saga Keiichiro Toyama is more cautious about it. Consider that it is easier to make a remake of action games like the Capcom franchise , than to make a new version of Silent Hill . Toyama currently works at his Bokeh Games studio, founded after leaving PlayStation, where they shape the recently announced Slitterhead .
Toyama shares his thoughts on a Silent Hill remake
” I think it would be more difficult to remake than Biohazard [ Resident Evil ], because its playability as a concept is a bit older,” Toyama replied in an interview with VGC about a hypothetical remake of Silent Hill . “It’s not an action game where you can just refine the action like in Biohazard. Bringing Silent Hill up to today’s standards or just polishing the graphics would not satisfy the fans.”
And, as Toyama points out, Silent Hill did not attract the attention of the gaming community when it debuted in 1999 because it was very beautiful, precisely. “It was not about that, how beautiful it was. I think we would have to rethink the concept to make it interesting for the fans,” he added. In this sense, those in charge of making the remake would have to give a twist to the gameplay and mechanics to re-catch users in the same way that the original did.
As for his thoughts on remakes, Toyama also gave his thoughts on this industry practice: bringing classic games to today’s technology for a new audience to enjoy. “Unlike the movies, the games are difficult to enjoy as in the original state”, began answering before granting the following: “Visually speaking, clearly they are not made for modern equipment, reason why I do not have any objection in modifying a original essence to suit the modern age we live in today. “
As for Silent Hill , recent rumors indicated that Kojima was developing a new installment for Sony. It is also said that Konami would be thinking of bringing back classic sagas such as Metal Gear or Castlevania and, of course, Silent Hill .