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Silent Hill: Shattered Memories might get a sequel, if writer Sam Barlow has anything to do with it.
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, developed by Climax Studios and released in 2009, is a reimagining of the first game in the series. This time, Harry Mason searches for Cheryl in the strange town of Silent Hill, relaying the story to a psychotherapist. The game switches between these two settings, and the player's answers in the therapy session affect the environments, the other characters, and the creatures themselves inside Silent Hill. Across the course of the story, Harry will also be pulled into the Nightmare dimension, where he must evade monsters and find the exit, or else die at their hands.
The game met with positive reviews, and its naturalistic use of the Wii Remote for the torch, the phone, and motion-based puzzle solving was praised. However, the Silent Hill series has been dormant for some time, after the whole Silent Hills debacle. It's not looking likely that we will see a new entry to the series any time soon, but Shattered Memories writer Sam Barlow has been rooting for a sequel.
"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," he posted in a Tweet, accompanied by a .gif of Maverick from Top Gun. It's a very casual declaration that you want to make a new Silent Hill game and you're moving and shaking in that direction, I think.
Following Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, Barlow has developed Her Story and Telling Lies, which are two interactive narratives where the player decides and discovers the truth in a conspiracy. He's also working on Project A███████, announced in summer, but he confirms that this game has nothing to do with Silent Hill.
"Forcing your entire network of friends and acquaintances to wishlist P█ is a (free!) downpayment on the SHSM successor, also known as Project Door Peek:tm:," he hinted, and described the Shattered Memories sequel as his "next next game." Now, even though Barlow has got the ball rolling towards a new game, it's not set in stone. He has to convince a studio, a publisher, and Konami to give the project the green light, so we shouldn't expect any surprises soon.
Still, it is exciting. Speculation surrounding Silent Hill has swirled ever since Konami and Hideo Kojima parted ways, and with the next generation of consoles on the horizon, it's the perfect opportunity to refresh the IP and entice new players to the series. In fact, God of War's Cory Barlog is very keen to remake Silent Hill, so perhaps Barlow could ring him up after Ragnarok is done and dusted.
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