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Konami Possibly Working on Multiplayer Silent Hill Game

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It's really hard to get scared in survival horror games that feature multiplayer gameplay. Sure, Resident Evil 5 was an awesome adventure, but was it scary? I didn't get nervous or jump out of my seat at any point, so despite my love for its gameplay, I certainly didn't consider it a true survival horror game. Konami's Radek Marek, art director for the upcoming Silent Hill: Downpour, has stated that while there won't be any multiplayer in the next game, fans shouldn't rule out the possibility of a multiplayer-based entry in the future.

If a multiplayer feature does come to fruition, fans can most likely expect it to arrive on Xbox Live Arcade. "At the moment there will be no multiplayer modes in Silent Hill: Downpour, but Konami are investigating a separate chapter devoted entirely to the multiplayer," Marek told Xbox 360 Magazine Italy. "We do not know the details, but it should be an XBLA title that most players have to survive in the town of Silent Hill."

First off, why no PlayStation Network support? Though I doubt the game will be frightening if it does hit XBLA, it seems like a fun project that will allow Konami to test the series as a multiplayer experience. Games like Left 4 Dead have proven that a multiplayer survival adventure can be loads of fun. So while I doubt that a Silent Hill game centered entirely around multiplayer modes will be creepy, it could provide great gameplay for those who enjoy going online and taking on hordes of nightmarish enemies.

Silent Hill is a series that prides itself on making players feel completely alone. With other gamers running around the screen, it's possible that this element will be stripped out of the experience. Regardless of that fact, it should be interesting seeing how Konami tries to pull this off ... whenever the game launches.

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