Former Silent Hill Series Writer Sam Barlow Says Silent Hill 2 Remake Is a "Poisoned Chalice"

Barlow referred to the task of creating a remake of Silent Hill 2 as "the biggest poison chalice in video games", as, according to him, it is extremely difficult to execute this game without disappointing fans.

A designer who has previously worked on the Silent Hill series claims that the Silent Hill 2 remake is a "poisoned chalice."

During an interview with PCGamesN, Sam Barlow, known for directing and writing Her Story, Telling Lies, and Immortality, as well as designing Silent Hill Origins on PS2 and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories on Wii and PS2, was asked about Konami's forthcoming lineup of Silent Hill games.

When questioned about Bloober Team, the studio in charge of the Silent Hill 2 remake, Barlow stated that he did not envy it.

“Personally, I’m less excited about playing a remaster," Barlow said. "It’s also like the biggest poison chalice in video games, doing a remaster of Silent Hill 2. I mean, good luck to them because I don’t know how you can do that without upsetting people."

Barlow, however, expressed a greater level of optimism towards Konami's other upcoming Silent Hill games, highlighting the wide range of narrative possibilities that the franchise's universe can offer.

He expressed his desire for the Silent Hill franchise to be used as a platform for various psychological horror games, similar to how anthologies like Twilight Zone offer a variety of stories and gameplay experiences within the same universe. Barlow added that he is hoping for a diverse range of gameplay styles and narratives to be explored within the Silent Hill universe.

The remake of Silent Hill 2 was officially announced in October last year, along with several other Silent Hill projects, including the game codenamed Townfall, which is being created by the developer of Stories Untold and Observation No Code in collaboration with Annapurna Interactive, and a title, codenamed Silent Hill: f, written by manga artist Ryukishi07 and developed by Neobards Entertainment.

Last week Bloober Team, the developer responsible for the Silent Hill 2 remake, said that the game was "technically ready", although it noted that there are additional aspects to take into account before determining the exact release date of the title.

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