Konami revealed in 2022 that many Silent Hill projects are in production at third-party developers. Sony's State of Play conference showcased new teasers for Silent Hill: The Short Message and Silent Hill 2.
Silent Hill: The Short Message is a solo horror experience designed just for newbies to the franchise, and it is now available for free on the PlayStation Store for PlayStation 5.
In the first-person perspective, players assume the role of Anita, a woman who enters a "otherworldly" place after receiving communications from a friend. The sole hint to escape is a note that says "can't leave til you find it," and her cell phone is also an important gaming element.
According to Konami, the project began as an experiment in which the firm tested new ideas in the horror genre while also providing new team members with vital experience in developing atmospheric games.
Konami explains the inspiration for Silent Hill: The Short Message:
We wanted to make a new, modern Silent Hill. As part of that we explored how we could incorporate contemporary problems. We ended up looking at how modern youth communicate online and through phones, and the role that could play in a psychological horror story. For instance, a frightening thing about social media is how even insignificant individual comments can, en masse, build and build until they become this overwhelming wave of hate crashing down on you.
Konami revealed additional details about the Silent Hill 2 remake. The latest trailer, made by Bloober Team, concentrates on the fighting features; watch it above. Unfortunately, no release date has been assigned to the project, with only the slogan "in development for PlayStation 5" appearing in the clip.