If you’re having trouble telling them apart, Silent Hill Townfall is the new Silent Hill game developed by Stories Untold studio No Code and published by Annapurna Interactive. Not the Silent Hill 2 remake or the prequel set in Japan called Silent Hill F. When Townfall was announced during Konami’s Silent Hill broadcast, creative director Jon McKellan said, “It’s a real honor for us to bring a new title to this series that both respect the source material, but also do something a little different with it.”
He concluded by saying, “So obviously the trailer is just the beginning, we can’t show you any more, […] it might be worth watching that trailer again, and see what you might have missed.” The internet took that as a challenge, and has already found some secrets buried in it.
Most importantly, Redditor u/MilkManEX (opens in a new tab) downloaded the audio from the trailer as an m4a file, looked at its spectrograph in Audacity, and found text that read: “WHAT WHAT THIS TOWN HAS STOPPED NOW. (opens in a new tab)“.
Pausing the flickering images that play across the mobile TV also revealed text that says, “YOUR FLESH IS WHITE,” as well as three dots, three dashes, and three dots: Morse code for SOS That’s not the only code fans have discovered. When a programmer No Code tweeted a picture of a house (opens in a new tab)and a publisher Annapurna Interactive tweeted a similar image (opens in a new tab), it was obvious that they are not identical images. Therefore @yApth0 (opens in a new tab) subtracted one from the other and found more Morse code that reads, “I DON’T KNOW HOW TO LEAVE.”
sporulating Other things rounded up by the Silent Hill subreddit can be more stressful, especially when they seem to reference the earlier games in the series. For example, 33 seconds into the trailer when parts of a map are shown, it sounds like someone saying “Is that really Alessa? (opens in a new tab)” in reference to the character from the first game. But it’s real fuzzy audio, and probably wishful thinking.
As is the theory (opens in a new tab) that the figure seen 45 seconds in is Valtiel, first seen in Silent Hill 3. The idea that the other creature seen to the side about 49 seconds in could be a Reclining Figure from Silent Hill 2 is a little more convincing, because it shares the awkward. , mixing pose and bodybag plastic shine.
Given McKellan’s statement that Townfall “respects the source material, but also does something a little different with it” we probably shouldn’t expect too many direct callbacks to the fan-favorite original Silent Hill games. The narrator of the teaser, interviewing someone about why they’re in Silent Hill, initially accepts the answer that they’re here to be punished—which is why most of the main characters in Silent Hill 2 are drawn to a destination that’s unlikely will score high. Tripadvisor—but then says there’s probably more to it than that. Maybe that’s true of Townfall itself? Considering how overused the Silent Hill 2 iconography in particular has become in later games, that sounds like a good thing to me.
If someone could put all the map fragments together and figure out where they came from though, that would be ace.