My new horror Slitterhead will be unique: Silent Hill creator Keiichiro Toyama told about new game
At TGA 2021 ceremony, game designer Keiichiro Toyama, who was at origins of Silent Hill franchise, presented debut project of Bokeh Game Studios - horror Slitterhead.
Shortly after that, the developer talked to the IGN Japan editorial office, where he spoke in more detail about Slitterhead, simultaneously confirming that the audience is waiting for a game with a third-person perspective and unusual gameplay mechanics.
"I won't disclose the details yet, but I can confirm that we are preparing an action-oriented game with a third-person perspective. In addition, the project will feature a lot of fresh gameplay mechanics that you are unlikely to have seen from other developers, so the audience is waiting for a rather unique product," said the game designer.
In addition, Keiichiro Toyama indirectly spoke about the Slitterhead setting. As the attentive users expected, the world of the game is largely inspired by Hong Kong at the intersection of the 80s and 90s, however, apparently, the heroes will go to its more fantastic version.
"The most attentive users probably learned from the trailer that Hong Kong of the 80s or 90s served as a source of inspiration for the city in Slitterhead. However, do not wait for the literal embodiment of Hong Kong. The setting of our game will be a completely original setting that combines nostalgic and realistic landscapes with completely fictional elements," the developer explained.
According to Toyama, Slitterhead will be a diverse project existing at the junction of different genre directions. Bokeh Game Studios is trying to create a horror offering repulsive visual images, subtle psychology and attractive action dynamics at the same time.
"The main idea of the game should be the theme of life and death, the processes of decline that can be observed in everyday life. Based on this, certain visual images are created to shock the player. However, we don't want to focus on blood and violence alone. The feeling of fear will also be transmitted through a subtle immersion in the gameplay. And despite the fact that we create horror, it is important for us to create something fascinating in the general sense of the word. To tell an intriguing story and bring new types of action gameplay to life," Toyama continued.
According to preliminary plans, the project will not go on sale before 2023. Right now, the Bokeh Game Studios team is finishing work on a key working prototype of its brainchild, after which the studio will invite new specialists and fully enter the active phase of production.
"Right now we are waiting for the final evaluation of the key prototype of the concept we have developed. After that, we will add new people to the staff and enter the stage of full-fledged production. It should last at least until the end of 2022. In between, we will inform fans about the development progress," concluded the game designer.
Slitterhead is being created for PC and Consoles, but there is no complete list of platforms on network yet.