OK, so i've been kind of thinking over this the past few weeks and since there are a few Silent Hill fans on the board, I wanted to know how you felt about this.
So, the last Silent Hill game was The Room, released 2004. That was the last game to hold the title, and it was the last game Team Silent worked on.
Since then, Silent Hill has, to say the least, gone main stream. I will not go into that dirty piece of ass that was the Silent Hill movie, however, it did throw the series into the spotlight of many gamers and film go'ers a like.
Through this, we have not seen a Silent Hill title. Origins was supposed to, at first, tie in with the DVD release of the movie on DVD, however, due to trouble with the developers, it has been recieving constant delays since it was announced.
Silent Hill Origins had been given to a non-Konami studio. Within Silent Hill, this has never been done (Even Silent Hill: Play Novel was done in-house, although not by Team Silent). Although the game is beginning to shape up to being a true Silent Hill title, it has had a truely troubled development with game design bouncing back and forward.
However, Silent Hill V is also being developed by an American developer, The Collective, part of Foundation 9 Entertainment. Several screens and a teaser has been released about the game and the screens have not been well met by the community.
Now this is my point. Silent Hill was a very niche title for Konami. Howeverm since the movie, Konami has handled everything to do with the series pretty carelessly. They've been giving the games to outside developers (Silent Hill Origins, Silent Hill V) and spamming out ass constantly (Silent Hill comics, Silent Hill Experience) while the second movie has been announced to be in pre-production.
Everyone believed, myself included, that Team Silent would come back swinging with Silent Hill 5 after there 3 year silence. However, 5 is being thrown to a shitty fucking developer, with there previous games here, which really worries me. Team Silent themselves have, as I mentioned, been silent since 04, except Yamaoka, the series' composer (who has released an album and who was heavily involved with the movie, as well as creating 15 tracks for Silent Hill Origins and scoring Silent Hill V), Ito, the series' monster designer (Who has worked on a Japanese only Silent Hill Digital Graphic Novel for cell phones) and Owaku, the writer for Silent Hill 2, 3 and 4 and a programmer on all games (Who has also worked on the Japanese Silent Hill Digital Graphic Novel). Of these three, only Yamaoka has been vocal about the series to the press, saying several times that the next game was looking to return to the Silent Hill 2 style, and that they were attempting to make a scary game based in day light (though come to think of it, he didn't specify which team has been developing this game).
So yeah, rant over, current Silent Hill = complete suck. Discuss.
(I'm in work, bored and wanted to rant)