Motoi Okamoto, producer of the Silent Hill series Interviewed by IGN Japan commented and explained the changes in the appearance of the protagonist in the remake of the horror Silent Hill 2 by Bloober Team Studio.
Recall that when the Silent Hill 2 rethink was announced, some were unhappy that James Sunderland looks older than himself in the original game. “If he seems older to you, it’s not your imagination”Okamoto confirmed.
Okamoto explained the change: “Part of that is because the fans have aged in 20 years and the average age of the players has also gone up. We want to show a more mature James who has suffered even more in his life.”.
Another reason is technological: in the PS2 days, developers couldn’t detail aging, which made all characters appear young (or at least smooth-skinned). Now these nuances can be conveyed more reliably.
A remake of Silent Hill 2 is being made for PC (Steam) and PS5. There is no release date, but the release seems to be imminent. They promise graphics on Unreal Engine 5, processing of the combat system and some scenes, a behind-the-shoulder camera and no loading screens.