I am one of many people out there who continue to mourn the loss of the Silent Hill franchise. Though nothing's been made official, it's a bit difficult to imagine there being any future for one of Konami's most influential properties—at least on Konami's end. But all hope is not lost, for it seems that debuting indie developer, UndeadScout, has a different future in mind for the legacy of Silent Hill.
'Husk' Is The Indie Spiritual Successor To 'Silent Hill' We've Been Hoping For
The post-P.T. universe has been a dark one. Following a disagreement between Silent Hills' creative powerhouse, Hideo Kojima, and the rest of Konami, the development of the game was abruptly cancelled. P.T. was yanked off of the PlayStation store and all of our hopes went along with it. Until now, that is!
Together with IMGN.PRO, newbie developer UndeadScout delivers Husk, a game that is quite uncanny in its similarity to #SilentHill, Alan Wake and even Twin Peaks in every way that counts. You may remember the IMGN.PRO name from a similarly chilling project, Kholat—a game that was based on the real life Dyatlov Pass incident. Now they've teamed up to bring us a new game that bears promises of '90s references, puzzle solving and good old-fashioned #horror survival.
A Refreshing Breath Of Air In A Sea of 'P.T.' Clones
While the trailer narration is a bit heavy-handed, the parallels drawn between the Shivercliff story and its similarly ash-riddled predecessor, Silent Hill, remain strong with talk of personal demons, dead or missing women and daddy issues. It certainly seems like the developers of Husk have some pretty high hopes for its story beyond the thoughtful tribute to its influences.
In a statement from UndeadScout's Łukasz Noculak we get a better idea of what the team is aiming for with Husk:
We are extremely excited that in less than a month players all over the world will be able to experience our debut game – the result of our cooperation with IMGN.PRO. [...] Drawing on the elements of oneiric horror, in Husk we strive to touch upon real and often very painful problems. I’d rather not reveal any more details right now –you’ll soon be able to discover them on your own!
I'm honestly quite happy to see this flavor of horror being channeled in a way that isn't a tit-for-tat P.T. clone. With Resident Evil 7 on the horizon, the claustrophobic mansion-based horror quota has been more than filled for the time being. #ResidentEvil is finally Resident Evil again. Now we'll shake ourselves loose from the shackles of cancellations and Silent Hill: Downpour as we wander into Shivercliff!
Husk is set to be released for PC on February 3rd.
Happy to see Husk on the scene or are you ready to move on from the P.T. fever dream?