Silent Hill 2 Remake includes a playable origin story for the series’ most famous baddie Pyramid Head according to a Best Buy listing.
Spotted by @bobvids on X/Twitter, the preorder listing for Silent Hill 2 Remake on Best Buy Canada promises the return of Pyramid Head “along with a special origin story for fans to play through”.
Konami hasn’t confirmed this previously but the information presented by Best Buy will likely come from official sources, though IGN has asked the publisher for comment. Developer Bloober Team, who are remaking the beloved horror game for Konami, has previously said it will “faithfully” stick to the original game’s story, leading to some confusion over what this origin story could be.
Discussing the Best Buy listing on Reddit, many fans believe (and hope) the origin story is just a poorly worded reference to Born From a Wish, a side story that takes place adjacent to the early events of Silent Hill 2. We won’t spoil that story here, but it was released in some Silent Hill 2 special editions and re-releases and therefore is canon to the original story.
“Because of the way it’s written, people think it’s saying that Pyramid Head is getting his own playable origin story,” TyChris2 said. “Which, to be fair, is a very stupid idea, and if that IS what it’s saying then I’m with the people that are upset. But I’m pretty sure it’s referring to Born From a Wish. In which case, yeah obviously there’s no problem there.”
NappingPlant added: “I’m only assuming Born From A Wish because the alternative, a Pyramid Head origin, is a god awful idea. Actually, considering the marketability of Pyramid Head, it would totally make sense for Konami to ask Bloober to excise the character from James so they can use him in future games. It’s Konami at the end of the day, the most cynical answer is usually the correct one.”
Konami has been criticised by fans for its decisions in the past, with examples even coming in the past month. The Metal Gear Solid Master Collection Vol. 1 arrived on October 24 to major criticism for its performance issues and lack of new features, with Konami itself even sharing a list of problems ahead of launch.
Interactive streaming series Silent Hill Ascension was also slammed after premiering on October 31, with the community-run choose your own adventure experience full of microtransactions.
Bloober Team has been adamant about not making story changes though. “We are focusing on bringing the distinct, visceral atmosphere back in the modernized Silent Hill 2,” chief marketing officer Anna Jasińska said in January 2023. “Longtime fans shouldn’t worry about us missing the point while we’re livening up the title.
“We faithfully stick to the traditional story canon while remaking the gameplay and updating the graphics from the ground up. These are the reasons why Konami entrusted us with the remake in the first place.”
Exactly what would change in the remake was a little unclear when Konami first announced it, with director Mateusz Lenart only saying that Bloober Team would “make everything that made the game a timeless classic”.
Silent Hill 2 Remake still lacks a release date though, with Bloober Team practically going quiet since it was forced to clarify some misunderstood rumours back in March 2023.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelance reporter. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.
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