Posted on Monday 23-Jul-2012 2:30 PM BST

Silent: Hill Downpour developer may close

Czech studio's new God of War-style game reportedly canned

Silent Hill: Downpour developer Vatra Games could be shut down.

Silent Hill Downpour Screenshot
The Eurogamer Czech rumour has reportedly been corroborated by local sources, while studio owner Kujo has issued a statement confirming that it's currently "conducting a strategic review" of its operations.

"The new management team at Kuju have been conducting a strategic review of all aspects of the business," the firm said.

"As part of this process, the on-going business activities of the Vatra studio are currently under review. However, at this stage, no decisions have yet been made."

Silent Hill: Downpour for Xbox 360 and PS3 hit shelves in March 2012, and Vatra was reportedly working on a now-canned God of War-style game.

We said in our 7/10 Silent Hill: Downpour review: "Sometimes superb to look at but always unremarkable to play, Downpour lacks the nerve to be either great or terrible. The series needs reinventing - fast."

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4 comments so far...

  1. jadehill2001 on 23 Jul '12 said:

    How sad... I think they did a brilliant Job with Silent Hill and was hoping they'd do the next one :(

  2. middle finger on 23 Jul '12 said:

    I wouldn't mind some dlc for it, it sure could boost their bank account.

  3. MrPirtniw on 23 Jul '12 said:

    It wasn't a terrible game- but it wasn't scary (the creature designs were really, really lazy too). It also seemed to concentrate too much on fighting which got really dull. It's a shame because at times it was really atmospheric- worse still, this turn of events will prevent other companies from releasing proper horror games. Imagine if Silent Hill went the way of Resi Evil with demons with machine guns and cover shooting as the town started blowing up for no reason. (shudder)
    But i digress, good luck to those at Vatra.

  4. jamie1 on 23 Jul '12 said:

    I agree that Downpour has been the best release since SH4 and came closer to capturing what i love about SH but it still fell short in design and story, it seems since SH4 any developer who tries to make a SH game either disappears or shuts down.