Konami confirms Silent Hill Downpour and Book of Memories release dates

Silent Hill Downpour MonsterKonami are making 2012 their year for Silent Hill, with three games all set to wear the name. Announced back in November last year, the exact release dates for the latest scare-fests have now been confirmed, and there’s not long to go.

First we have the Silent Hill HD Collection, which was originally set for an end of January debut on the PS3 and Xbox 360, but has been pushed back to March 6. The set will contain high definition remasters of Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3, with newly recorded voices and the added bonus of some new quests.

Then, on March 13, a brand-new entry into the series will be released for the same consoles. Silent Hill Downpour is the first in the series to come from developers Vatra Games, and it uses the Unreal 3 game engine. The script comes from Tom Waltz, who pens the Silent Hill comic, and it puts players in the shoes of Murphy Pendleton, a convict being transferred by bus to another prison. When the bus crashes outside Silent Hill, Murphy thinks he has found his freedom, but the town has other ideas.

On March 27, the new Sony PlayStation Vita will get its own exclusive Silent Hill title, in the form of Book of Memories. The plot is based around a book which contains someone’s life story, that when altered will change history itself. The game is a viewed-from-above action game and will feature a multiplayer gaming mode too, a first for the Silent Hill franchise.

These dates are confirmed for the USA, but not for Europe at the moment.

This year will also see the release of the second Silent Hill film, entitled Revelation. It’s a 3D sequel and although Radha Mitchell returns, the film has a new writer and director. It’s being rumored for a release in the fall.

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