Keen to cash in on the Silent Hill name without, you know, having to actually make another Silent Hill, Konami has unveiled its latest game in the landmark horror franchise. Well, two of them actually.
Silent Hill Escape and Silent Hill Return are pair of new slot games available to play on an upcoming cabinet Konami plans to show off G2E – the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas. These games look to borrow from Silent Hill 3 and the more recent Silent Hill Downpour, presumably featuring audio and video based on the two horror titles.
Here’s the official description, for those desperate to find out more:
Konami’s aim is empowering operators with exceptional entertainment to reach and engage today’s players and beyond. We are actively leveraging a combination of top technology, talent, design, and development to deliver a host of new products at this year’s event, through the immediate years to come.
This cabinet is a striking combination of sleek entertainment, premium packaging, and player comfort, backed by a rich library of original titles. Everything, including its shape, screens, betting surface, and available merchandising, has been engineered to maximize both player experience and operational results. This latest cabinet is a first glimpse at great things to come from Konami.
At this point we’re hardly surprised at seeing Pyramid Head and pals slapped on yet another gambling game after Konami’s Silent Hill pachinko machine debut in 2015, much to the ire of fans.
On one hand it makes perfect sense for Konami to leverage dormant IP for its gambling division. However, for those who have been waiting for a new Silent Hill game, it’s yet another slap in the face. One that follows a string of lukewarm entries and the cancellation of a Hideo Kojima helmed Silent Hills. Speaking of which, there are some pretty wild theories floating around about P.T. and how it was a deliberate middle finger to Konami.
Silent Hill isn’t the only series that continues to languish. Metal Gear Survive did nothing to inspire any hope the series can thrive without Hideo Kojima in charge. Meanwhile, the latest Contra sits on a Metacritic average of 40. Castlevania has been disappointingly quiet since its Lords of Shadow reboot last gen though a new mobile game, Grimoire of Souls, actually looks promising.
Source: Press release