In March 2012, Silent Hill: Downpour became the latest entry in one of gaming’s most beloved survival horror franchises — so long as you don’t count Book of Memories, which was more of an experiment than anything else. It may have been flawed, but there’s no denying that Downpour had ambition.
Vatra Games definitely stumbled in the enemy department, but they excelled at something that I think is just as important, and that’s the difficult feat of blending elements that made the early games so appealing, like their dark narratives and old school design, with a more open world that rewarded players for straying off the beaten path with stuff like optional side quests.
I’m afraid Downpour will be remembered for leading to the eventual closure of its developer, which shuttered following its lukewarm reception and very poor sales. This means whatever plans Vatra may have had for a potential follow-up to Downpour were almost definitely lost with them. However, if you consider yourself to be a fan of their unique take on the series, there is some good news: the story will continue in the form of a comic titled “Silent Hill Downpour: Anne’s Story”.
I missed the comic’s initial re-unveiling at WonderCon 2014 last month — in fact, I only learned of it now because I follow the blog of comic book writer and artist T-Rex Jones, where he recently posted the comic’s fantastic cover art (see below).
Anne’s Story is being written by Tom Waltz, who you may recognize from his work on “Silent Hill: Sinner’s Reward”, “Silent Hill: Past Life”, and Silent Hill: Downpour, with art by Tristan “T-Rex” Jones (“Ghostbusters”, “Hoax Hunters”). It will follow Anne Marie Cunningham, the tenacious police officer who refused to give up in her endless pursuit of escaped convict and Downpour lead, Murphy Pendleton. It’s due for a release sometime this summer.
Pretty cool, huh? In related news, back in January we held a week-long celebration of all things Silent Hill in our first ever Silent Hill Week. It was a good time and may even inspire me to do something similar for Resident Evil, if that’s something you think you could be in to.