Silent Hill Origins screenshot
Silent Hill Origins screenshot

PSP survival horror Silent Hill: Origins was originally designed as a dark comedy inspired by US TV show Scrubs, Climax Studios has revealed.

Discussing the game's troubled development with EDGE, lead designer Sam Barlow described Origins' initial concept as "bizarre".

"It was supposed to be a dark comedy and, at some point, someone said Scrubs was [the inspiration]!" said Barlow. "We pushed back and said, 'Look, if this goes out, it will be a disaster. There's a hardcore fanbase [of Silent Hill players]."

Konami agreed, Barlow suggests, telling the developer that it "can change everything, but you've got to do it in the same time and budget".

Origins was then passed from Climax LA on to the developer's UK studio, who "rewrote the script, redesigned the levels and remade the creatures in just a week," before wrapping up development for release in November 2007.

The game received favourable reviews landing it a 78 Metacritic rating, leading to Konami pushing for a follow-up that eventually evolved into 2010 horror Silent Hill: Shattered Memories.

Source: EDGE #263

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Bloodstorm's Avatar


So there we have it, proof Konami aren't ruining/have not ruined Silent Hil, it's the developers instead.

Who the F*CK thinks making Silent Hill a "black comedy" is a good idea?
Posted 14:03 on 16 January 2014


Just about every Silent Hill game since 3 would have been better off if they'd dropped the Silent Hill label and done their own thing with it. I know there's more money in making it part of the SH Franchise, but a lot of these games would have had a much better reception if they weren't being compared to Silent Hill 2
Posted 14:00 on 16 January 2014
anialator136's Avatar


Wish they would hand Silent Hill over to Kojima and his Fox Engine.
Posted 13:44 on 16 January 2014

Game Stats

Release Date: 16/11/2007
Developer: Climax
Publisher: Konami
Genre: Survival Horror
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 15
Site Rank: 892 204
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