The day finally came, and Konami revealed the new Silent Hill games it has in development.
One of these is a remake of Silent Hill 2, the survival horror classic which made so many gamers recoil in fear when they first encountered nightmarish creatures such as Pyramid Head, the infamous antagonist from the series.
Silent Hill 2 is considered by many to be the best game in the series (though we think that the latter Silent Hill 3 is more deserving of this honor), so it must be great news for fans of the series that a remake is in the works, even if this has no release date yet.
The thing is, rumors and leaks doing the rounds online had revealed that Polish studio Bloober Team were at work on the Silent Hill 2 a long time ago… Also, movie director Christophe Gans spilled the beans a few days before the announcement, also revealing that he was going to direct another movie based on the award-winning video game series, so news of the Bloober-developed remake might not have come as a surprise to Silent Hill aficionados after all…
What might have come as a surprise, though, are the game’s PC system requirements as these are definitely above average as seen on the game’s Steam page.
Because it’s not only that the recommended processor is an Intel Core i7 (and i7-8700K to be exact), the game also demands 16 GB of memory to run at its best. Plus, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 is required if you want to meet the game’s recommended requirements (either that or AMD’s Radeon 6800 XT).
The GeForce RTX 2080 was Nvidia’s most powerful GPU at launch in September 2018, and went for $799 US dollars (which was pretty pricey back then before COVID-19 and inflation…).
And some people might be shocked to find out that all this hardware will only let you run the game at medium graphics settings and 60 frames per second (fps for short) at 1080p, or high settings if you’re willing to compromise on the frame rate and settle for 30 fps. Bloober Team says, though, that it should be possible to play at 4K resolution “using DLSS or similar technology”. These are still some pretty steep recommended system requirements nonetheless.
The minimum system requirements are nothing to scoff at either, with 12 GB of memory and a GeForce GTX 1080 listed as a minimum requirement. And this will only let you run the game at 1080p resolution and 30 fps, with a mixture of low and medium graphical settings according to Bloober.
But taking into account that the game has no release date yet, there’s a possibility that the final PC system requirements might be lower than what’s currently shown on the game’s Steam page. Then again, there’s also a possibility that these requirements might be revised upwards too…
The PC’s high system requirements is something that might make some consider going for the PlayStation 5 version of the game, which will launch together with the PC version at a yet unannounced date.
Either way, judging by the trailer above this is definitely looking like it could be a great remake of one of the best survival horror games made to date, so here’s hoping that Bloober is able to deliver a game that turns heads and makes the most of current PC hardware when this Silent Hill 2 remake launches sometime in the future.