Silent Hill: Book of Memories is multiplayer, not made by Vatra

Remember the abandoned multiplayer mode Konami was investigating for Silent Hill: Downpour? It looks like that investigation resulted in the creation of Silent Hill: Book of Memories, which was recently announced for Sony's upcoming PS Vita handheld. Konami announced today that the title would focus on multiplayer, and we decided to ask series producer Tom Hulett how it came about.

Hulett reiterated that developer Vatra Games had looked into a multiplayer mode for Downpour , but was wary of adding it simply for the sake of having it. "We decided if we don't have something that is uniquely Silent Hill and feels good in multiplayer, we don't want to just tack it on," said Hulett, adding, "We don't just want to throw something in to say, 'hey, there's a bullet point.'" Multiplayer was scrapped for Downpour, but Konami "kept exploring" the idea and eventually came up with Book of Memories.

Hulett didn't offer many details -- like how exactly Silent Hill multiplayer is supposed to work -- though he did confirm that Vatra is not developing the title. Furthermore, the game will not be running on the Unreal Engine, which is being used to power Downpour.

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KONAMI RAMPS UP SILENT HILL FRANCHISE WITH NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS ACROSS MULTIPLE TITLES

Survival Horror Series to Go 3D, Handheld and Online with Uniquely Terrifying Experiences for Silent Hill Fans


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – June 7, 2011 – Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. today announced a series of announcements relating to the famed and frightening survival horror franchise, Silent Hill. Today's announcements, ranging across multiple skus and consoles, will ensure fans will be trembling with fear from their favorite sleepy town in quite some time!

Silent Hill Downpour
It has been revealed that Silent Hill: Downpour will be enhanced with 3D functionality. This added treatment of the highly anticipated game will further immerse players into the malevolent and terrifying world of Silent Hill.

Also announced for Silent Hill: Downpour, platinum selling rock band KORN will lend their sound and voice to the game by creating an exclusive song for the game. The song, tentatively titled "Silent Hill" is a perfect complement to the score, created by famed composer, Daniel Licht.

Silent Hill Downpour will be available this fall on PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Silent Hill Collections
Silent Hill HD Collection combines two classic spine-chilling Silent Hill titles from the past and brings them to the PlayStation®3 for the first time ever. Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 will comprise the collection with enhancements including true high-definition graphics, full PlayStation ®Network trophy support and all-new voice acting directed by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, offering new fans and old the opportunity to experience the early era of Silent Hill as a true genre-defining experience with the added value of two games.

Silent Hill HD Collection will be available fall 2011 on PlayStation 3.

Silent Hill: Book of Memories

Silent Hill: Book of Memories for the upcoming Sony NGP™ device will bring an all-new storyline, along with a legion of classic creatures torn from the Silent Hill universe, as well as an all new soundtrack from series composer Daniel Licht.

Silent Hill: Book of Memories will also feature the very first multiplayer experience for the franchise. Players will be able to survive the horrific landscapes of Silent Hill with friends in a haunting co-op experience.
For more information on the Silent Hill franchise, including trailers and screenshots, please go to www.konami.com/download.

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