Bloober Team, the developer behind the upcoming Silent Hill 2 remake, has admitted that it’s feeling high pressure to deliver on expectations. The studio was selected by Konami after being asked to pitch an idea for a remake back in 2019. Most of what Bloober Team pitched kept the remake very faithful to the original while updating the gameplay and visuals.
Speaking to Dread XP in a recent interview, Bloober Team chief marketing officer Anna Jasińska said that the company competed against other studios when pitching an idea to Konami for a Silent Hill 2 remake. Bloober ended up being chosen in the end, but even though the studio felt excited to tackle the ambitious project at the time, some apprehension set in about whether or not it could deliver on expectations.
Jasińska talked in a bit more detail about when Bloober Team was invited by Konami to attend Tokyo Game Show in 2019, where it was asked to prepare a concept for a remake:
“Of course, we weren’t the only contenders. Many other studios were vying for cooperation as well, but in the end, our concept was the one that stole Konami’s heart. They recognized our commitment and passion for horror, and that alone was an enormous distinction for us. Our company was thunderstruck when we received this ecstatic information because many of Bloober Team’s employees are die-hard fans of the title.”
Jasińska added that there was some level of pressure to do the original game justice since the studio was dealing with “one of the best psychological horror games ever made”, saying:
“As for apprehension, yes, the pressure is high since we’re dealing with one of the best psychological horror games ever made. We want to stick close to the original, and we will put it in the spotlight for years to come.”
The marketing officer lastly talked about modernising the original title while not straying from the established story at all. This should be excellent news for fans who might’ve been concerned that Bloober Team was going to divisively introduce changes to the story. That doesn’t appear to be the case.
“We are focusing on bringing the distinct, visceral atmosphere back in the modernized Silent Hill 2. Longtime fans shouldn’t worry about us ‘missing the point’ while we’re livening up the title. We faithfully stick to the traditional story canon while remaking the gameplay and updating the graphics from the ground up. These are the reasons why Konami entrusted us with the remake in the first place.”
Silent Hill 2 is currently in development for PS5 and PC.
Source: Dread XP