By Paul Hunter
We previewed a lot of games during our E3 coverage here on NextGen Player, but one game that was noticeably absent was PS Vita's upcoming Silent Hill: Book of Memories, which has, according to publisher Konami, slipped from its intended May 31 release date to a nebulous "Fall 2012" release window.
This is the second time Silent Hill: Book of Memories has been delayed, as the game was originally announced as a PS Vita launch title with a March 27 release date.
Let's get the good news out of the way. Gaming delays, while unfortunate, often signal the publisher's intent to spend more time refining and polishing their game before release, meaning the end product is better and gamers benefit from an improved experience. In the case of the Silent Hill: Book of Memories, I'm remaining optimistic as the multiplayer Silent Hill concept sounds great, and the latest trailer, released during E3, looks promising:
Following the unveil of the above trailer, a Konami-issued press release narrowed the release window of their survival-horror game to "October 2012", perhaps signalling an appropriate promotional tie-in with Halloween.
Book of Memories is taking the Silent Hill franchise in a bold, new direction as the first-ever game built from the ground up as a multiplayer experience. The cooperative mode lets you, and up to three friends, explore the Otherworlds together, fighting the evil manifestations that inhabit these corrupted lands. In addition to the intense action, there are also unique puzzles to solve along the way and variety of weapons and items to assist in your progress. The story surrounds a mysterious book that contains all of your character's life story to this point, which if altered, has the ability to rewrite the past and shape a new future.
Konami had attempted to perform a gaming hat-trick, when they announced earlier in the year that three Silent Hill games, Silent Hill: Downpour, and Silent Hill: Book of Memories, would all release in March 2012. The first two games launched as anticipated, with only Book of Memories slipping to its present fall ship date.
While we'll have to wait a little while longer before we can get our hands on Silent Hill: Book of Memories, the PS Vita game looks promising.
[This article originally appeared on the Future Shop Tech Blog]