E3: Konami announces Silent Hill 5

by Erin Bell, special to CBCNews.ca

Konami's big announcement of E3 (not counting the Metal Gear Solid 4 trailer that was shown for the second time since the Sony event earlier in the day), was that Silent Hill 5 is currently in development for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


The fifth instalment of the survival horror franchise stars Alex Shepherd, an ex-soldier returning from a tour of duty overseas. Alex has a turbulent family life – his father is in a catatonic state and his father is nowhere to be found – and one of his only sources of stability is his younger brother Joshua. After Joshua goes missing, Alex's quest to find him leads to the eerie streets of the town of Silent Hill.

A brief trailer showed the familiar bleak, fog-filled setting of Silent Hill. It was also confirmed that composer Akira Yamaoka would be returning to create the soundtrack for the game.

Screenshot from Silent Hill 5

Konami Producer William Ortel commented that Alex would need to make use of his military training to survive in Silent Hill, which could prove to be an interesting twist in the new game. Past Silent Hill protagonists have had varying degrees of experience with weapons, and their lack of explicit combat prowess added to the sense of dread and psychological terror that up until now have been hallmarks of the series. Having a trained fighter to control could change the dynamic significantly.

Erin Bell is a Toronto-based freelance video game and technology journalist, and is reporting on her fourth E3.