|Developer(s)||Konami, Team Silent|
Silent Hill (サイレントヒル?) is a survival horror franchise developed and published by Konami. The first four games in the series were created by Team Silent, which has since disbanded. Two additional titles have been created by other developers, Silent Hill: Origins by Climax Group and Silent Hill: Homecoming by Double Helix Games. There are also a series of comics, books and novelizations based on the series. A film adaptation of the first game was released in 2006 directed by Christophe Gans. A second film has been approved and is currently in pre-production.
The first three games of the series were released to strong sales and critical acclaim. Beginning with the release of Silent Hill 4: The Room, the critical reception and sales of the series began to decline.
The series is known for its complex storylines, which are revealed through cinematic cut scenes and in-game notes. Each game unfolds like a movie, with the player's actions determining which of several possible endings they receive. The series is also acclaimed for its detailed, disturbing environments and chilling soundtracks provided by composer Akira Yamaoka.