When opportunity came knocking, Konami pretty much grabbed the door by its hinges and tore the whole thing apart, leaving nothing but five pieces in its wake; four games and a movie, believe it or not. That’s right — four games, two of which will be shaping up for a release at some point over the next twelve months or so. There’s Silent Hill Ascension, a “live” interactive episodic adventure, and then there’s Silent Hill Townfall, a spin-off of the main series that’ll look to bring a fresh coat of paint to the resurrected franchise. Not so silent anymore, then.
While details surrounding the so-called Silent Hill Townfall are still somewhat scarce, developer No Code has already gone as far as to tease a slew of in-game details and even a trailer to boot. Interested? Here’s everything you need to know about it, and more importantly, when you can expect to pick it up on consoles and PC.
What Is Silent Hill Townfall?
Silent Hill Townfall is an upcoming survival horror game by No Code, as well as a spin-off of the mainline Silent Hill series. According to the devs, the next game in the timeline will feature something a little more experimental, and will essentially pluck the core elements from the classic Silent Hill universe and spice them up with something a little more, shall we say, puzzling. Makes sense, what with No Code being known for its story-driven puzzlers and what have you.
Of course, there’s still a whole bunch of things we don’t actually know about Silent Hill Townfall, let alone the types of gameplay mechanics it’ll bring to the table. Either way, one thing remains clear: No Code has a strong connection with mystery-type puzzle games, so chances are its upcoming contribution to the Silent Hill nexus will keep in line with its traditional themes.
To say the Silent Hill Townfall storyline is currently riddled in bullet holes and unanswered questions would only be an understatement. Fact of the matter is, there isn’t a great deal to go on as far as details go. That said, we do have the trailer to analyze, which reveals a portable TV and a selection of gruesome images. Not a whole lot to unpack there, but it’s clear that the game will be set at some point in the past, and will serve as a prequel of some sort to the modern timeline.
“What brings you here?” the trailer narrates. “I've come to be punished… That's great; I like it. I believe we've done something so heinous that we're stuck here, being judged by these…people.” Original Silent Hill vibes, anyone?
Unlike Silent Hill f, which will transport players away from the titular town, Silent Hill Townfall seems to showcase a misty street that’s highly reminiscent of the original setting. So, if we had to take a wild guess — we’d say that the OG Silent Hill is most likely to feature as the game’s primary location.
Silent Hill has been a third-person survival horror series through and through — ever since its inception a couple of decades ago, so the likelihood of Townfall bringing back a similar blueprint is pretty high. Having said that, with No Code’s expertise being more lenient towards puzzle-type games with rich story-driven elements, it could be that Townfall is more of a survival-puzzle game, if anything at all.
Until then, it's back to radio silence for us – although some signals might break through the static from time to time…
— No Code (@_NoCode) October 19, 2022
So, how’s it all going for No Code? Has there been any update as to how far along the development process has come since its October 2022 announcement? Well, as it turns out, no. Matter of fact, the studio has stuck to its promise of remaining radio silent, and has only made the odd post regarding its progress in what, ten months? Don’t sweat it, though; Silent Hill Townfall is in good hands, and we have every reason to trust the Stories Untold developer and their vision for the future of the franchise.
If we had to put a pin on a potential release window, then we’d aim for a rough late 2024 one. Honestly, though, it’s hard to say for sure, as No Code has let slip next to no details about it.
Fortunately, there is a trailer for Silent Hill Townfall. The bad news is, it doesn’t give a great deal away, as it more or less uses its time to pose a riddle and far more questions than answers. Nevertheless, you can check it out for yourself in the video embedded above.
Release Date, Platforms & Editions
As there’s an entire pipeline of Silent Hill projects gearing up to release across a multitude of platforms, it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing Townfall for quite some time yet. In fact, with Silent Hill Ascension prepping for a late 2023 launch, and Silent Hill f also looking to find its feet at some point in 2024, chances are Townfall won’t be ready until the latter half of 2024 at the very earliest. And even then that’s us being somewhat optimistic.
As far as platforms go, it’s safe to say that it’ll be coming to PC, to say the very least, what with Annapurna Interactive having a rich history of sharing its works with Windows. In addition to this, the likelihood of it finding its way onto PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S also seems plausible. However, until No Code actually sheds light on the matter, we can’t really say for certain where it’ll wind up.
Has Silent Hill Townfall caught your eye? If so, then be sure to check in with the devs over on their joint social handle for all the latest pre-launch updates here. If anything changes ahead of its release, then we’ll be sure to let you know all the main details right here on gaming.net.
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