We’re still waiting for Konami to reveal new details on the trifecta of Silent Hill games it announced last year – Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill f, and Silent Hill: Townfall – but the company also has other projects in the works that aren’t officially confirmed. One of those – Silent Hill: The Short Message – has come to light thanks to classification ratings in South Korea and Taiwan, and now, more new details on the game have seemingly leaked.
The Australian Classification Board (ACB) recently published an annual report in which it revealed new details on the title, as well as story-related spoilers.
The report, which has since been taken down (but can still be viewed via Wayback Machine) describes the game as an “exploration-based psychological horror game”, and reveals that the game is set in an apartment building called The Villa in modern-day Germany. As per ACB’s description, The Short Message will be a first-person game, though its cutscenes will be a mix of first- and third-person.
Plot details for its central characters relating to themes like suicide and self-harm have also leaked, in line with what previous leaks have claimed.
You can read the description in full below, but do keep in mind that it contains spoilers:
“An exploration‑based psychological horror game in which players control characters in an apartment building called The Villa in modern‑day Germany. The player assumes the role of a young woman, Anita, who must explore The Villa through first‑person gameplay in order to collect clues and uncover what has happened to her friend. Anita is exploring a bathroom environment which features a bathtub filled with bloody water, blood‑splattered tiles and a razor blade on a bloodied sink. Upon examining a razor, Anita experiences a flashback. In a cut‑scene depicted through a first‑person point of view, a voice yells, “This is all your fault! Bad things happen because of YOU!” and a hand holding the razor enters the frame. The character’s left arm enters the frame with horizontal scars evident across the character’s wrist. The scene cuts to a black screen before the razor makes contact with the character’s wrist.
“The following shot features an image of the character’s left arm with old and fresh scars. In a cut‑scene depicted through a mixture of third‑person and first‑person shots, the player character stands on the edge of the building’s rooftop, looking down. It is implied that Maya committed suicide by jumping off the ledge of the rooftop. The player character, in a distressed state of mind, speculates that she will never compare to Maya. Echoes of her mother’s abusive tirades are heard in the background as Anita prepares to jump and says, “Maybe I can be like her… Here goes…” In a first‑person shot, her feet are seen near the edge of the ledge before, in a third‑person shot, she steps off and begins to fall.
“Throughout the game, cut‑scenes depicting self‑harm and suicide are followed by black screens which feature white text encouraging players to seek treatment and help if they are at risk of self‑harm and suicide and to offer support if they see people around them struggling. In the Board’s opinion, depictions of suicide and self‑harm within the game occur in the broader context of discourse exploring issues revolving around mental health which encourages players to seek help or offer support to those in need. As such, the impact of the depictions does not exceed strong in impact and can be accommodated within the MA 15+ classification.”
It remains to be seen when Konami will officially announce Silent Hill: The Short Message, or how the company will position its release in terms of scale and significance. Initial leaks claimed that it would be playable teaser for the next mainline entry in the horror franchise, which was later officially announced as Silent Hill f.