E3 2006: Silent Hill: Origins unveiled
New Silent Hill prequel to be released for PSP.

- At the E3 2006, Konami unveiled a new installment of the popular survival horror series Silent Hill. Titled Silent Hill: Origins, a PSP exclusive, the game will be the first installment of the series for a handheld platform, and will take place before the PlayStation and PlayStation 2 installments of the series.

Silent Hill Origins follows a solitary truck driver, trapped in Silent Hill while making an ordinary delivery trip. Haunted by terrible hallucinations fruit of his troubled past, the man, like all other characters of the series, will have to face his own perversions in Silent Hill, trying to escape from the nightmarish small town.

What’s really intriguing about Silent Hill: Origins is that developers are finally adding new game mechanics to the series. First, the game will feature a new updated control system to support a more complex combat system and a more detailed exploration of the environments. In fact, for the first time in the series, environments will be partially interactive; players will be able to move objects, using furniture and debris to create barriers capable of slowing or stopping pursuing enemies. Enhanced camera management has also been developed specifically for the PSP. Akira Yamaoka, the extraordinary and avant-garde author of the soundtracks of all previous installments of the series, is composing a new original soundtrack for the game.

"Silent Hill Origins delivers all the terrifying moments, gruesome enemies and memorable characters and story-telling the series is known for on to a handheld gaming system", said Hans-Joachim Amann, Head of European Product Management for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. "Players can now experience greater freedom with the game's enhanced combat and barricade systems and also learn how the chilling events of later Silent Hill games were set in motion."

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:: Silent Hill: Origins Screenshots

(Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2006, 8:05AM GMT)

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