Silent Hills may let you choose between first and third person views


“Lucky” might just describe Usman Ihtsham, an editor from WhatIfGaming who had a quick chance to talk with Hideo Kojima at Gamescom.  Of course they talked about Silent Hills.  Of course they did.

When asked about whether the game would be first or third person perspective, Kojima had this to say:

Not sure yet.  Development is cycling between either allowing players to choose to play the whole game in first-person or third-person, or keeping it fix4ed third person and having some first-person only.  Either way, we want to do something with first-person.  The game will not be out more than likely 2016.  Lots of time left.

Kojima also fielded a question regarding whether the game would be linear, or more open-world.

All I can say is Fox Engine is meant for open world.  I cannot discuss more on the game design itself in detail yet.

This story can’t be confirmed at the moment, but it wouldn’t be the first time that Silent Hill tinkered with the perspective.  The Room was first-person inside the apartment, but third-person outside.  Seeing as how PT made my head spin for all the right and all the wrong reasons I’d be happy with a third-person perspective.


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  • Mohammad A. Fikree

    I would like if they did something like Team Silent did with Silent Hill 4: The Room, where we control the character in third-person outside and first-person inside his apartment room. But for this case, I guess the whole game can be third-person (or if they can set some fixed camera angles like Silent Hill 1, 2 and 3) and have some first-person in some closed environments as puzzle solving.

    • Carrie Lasher

      well said, my first impression was how excited i was that hideo took cues from silent hill 4

  • Carrie Lasher

    my opinion, first person in unexpected segments, and no control over how you are forced to play. perhaps 3rd person fixed in parts to get an identity as norman’s character. it depends on what feeling needs to be conveyed at that instance. if you give too much control, the player will feel in charge of what’s going on around them, and give a sense of security.

  • Henrikm

    I wonder if it one day would get any Occulus rift support or something similar. So one get the feel too really be there exploring oneself?

  • I totally reject the idea of making the full game in first person, and I’m glad it’s not on the cards since they said it’s either optional, all 3rd person or mostly 3rd person.

    I’m really excited for this game. I’m a huge fan of the franchise and a collector as well and I’ve always dreamt of Kojima taking over the franchise cause I’m sure that after Team Silent, he’s the only one who can do the franchise any justice and this idea of P.T. and the way the game was announced was an evidence of how smart and capable he is of making the franchise so relevant like it used to be.

    I really hope it will be as scary as P.T. and a very detailed one as well.


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