When Konami announced yet another Silent Hill last summer, we were torn between "Yay!" and "But it's not the same without Akira Yamaoka..." Judgement is being withheld for the time being, but we do know the official name of Silent Hill 8 -- behold, Silent Hill: Downpour.
If the name is any indication, it's likely the whole snowy ash effect won't be making a return, and you'll instead find lots of water... possibly even heavy rain, as seen in the debut trailer. Cloudy skies are also more than likely.
Update: Okay, if you hadn't already guessed, water will be a major part of the game to create a heavier atmosphere. In addition to the rusty urban aesthetic, expect to see water pouring in random areas in an unusual manner. Downpour will also be adopting the psychological profiling mechanic from Shattered Memories, in which seemingly small decisions made by the player can affect the story.
Downpour protagonist Murphy Pendleton will only be allowed to carry one weapon at a time, and the warped monstrosities of Silent Hill will prove toughter than ever to overcome. And yes, the skewed camera angles are back.
Czech developer Vatra Games also promised a larger Silent Hill this time, with a greater emphasis on exploration. New locations are being added, while familiar horror staples like the school and hospital have been cut.