Bloober Team’s upcoming remake of Silent Hill 2 seems to follow the plot of the 2001 original, based on what little we’ve seen so far. That is, a trailer (that Bloober Team CFO Tomasz Gawlikowski says (opens in a new tab) is “in-engine UE5” and “how the game is intended to look”) which includes recreations of several scenes from the original game.
Jeremy Blaustein, who translated the Silent Hill 2 script into English as well as directed the motion capture and voiceover production, responded to the remake being announced on Twitter (opens in a new tab). “Morse!” he wrote “And they’ll once again use the SH2 English script that I wrote/translated (oh, also directed) all by myself and I’ll get zero compensation for it and there won’t be tens of thousands of people on Twitter outraged at my. name.”
In next tweet (opens in a new tab)Blaustein mentioned that he was not told about the remake being made, writing that “it would have been nice to drop a message.”
GamesRadar (opens in a new tab) contacted Blaustein for further comment. “My obligations on the original were as follows, regardless of what my official credit said,” he replied. “I translated every single word of the Silent Hill 2 game. There were no other translators. I directed the voice over work. All of it. I set up the auditions, led them, and was one of about four to five people who made the decisions about which actors to go. My voice in those matters was generally agreed upon since none of the Japanese staff could judge the actors for their lack of English ability. I directed the dramatic performances in the motion capture sessions.
“I collaborated with the [Silent Hill] team and [scenario writer Hiroyuki Owaku] especially almost every day during the translation,” Blaustein continued. “As you know, there was no Japanese VO because it was mostly intended for a Western audience. That testifies to the importance of the manuscript I wrote.”
Blaustein told GamesRadar that he is not seeking additional financial compensation for his work, but said, “I feel strongly that giving myself proper credit for my role is the right thing to do.” The 2012 Silent Hill HD Collection, containing both Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3 (which he also translated), listed Blaustein only under “Konami Special Thanks” in its credits. (opens in a new tab).
One thing that the Silent Hill 2 remake changes is the combat, which Bloober Team said it “rebuilds” along with “certain arrangements.” Additionally, the fixed camera perspective is swapped for a third-person camera. While no release date has been announced, the remake has a Steam page and some steep system requirements.