Bokeh, the developer of Slitterhead, has revealed further information about its future action-horror game. In response to fan questions on social media, the team – which includes CEO and creator Keiichiro Toyama, game director and CTO Junya Okura, and COO and producer Kazunobu Sato – teased some juicy details about the upcoming title, including the hope that it will appeal to “players who don’t usually play horror games.” Check it out on YouTube. “The horror theme isn’t thoroughly explored in this game. It encompasses a variety of genres in which horror is expressed. After that, I intended to broaden the game’s appeal by allowing gamers who don’t generally play horror games to play it “As transcribed by PC Gamer, Toyama remarked. “I wanted a game that could be loved for its action but also having a premise that wasn’t only about killing enemies.” It causes mental tension, making players hesitant to engage in certain fights. With this game, I want to achieve both action and drama.” Even in the “slower parts,” though, there will be surprises. “Even if the game is more action-oriented, there is a dread element that I want to include,” Okura noted. “There are also some sluggish and rapid moments.” In the calmer periods, I’d like to include some frightening themes to balance off the frenetic action. For all the Silent Hill lovers out there, Toyama may not have any intentions to return to that genre just yet, but he does plan to return to psychological horror “someday.” “Someday, as I did with Silent Hill, I want to develop something with some traditional psychological horror themes,” Toyama remarked. “
However, when working with really restricted resources, such as a budget or the need to focus on a single individual, I’d rather do that.” We currently have personnel that is capable of taking action. I’d like to make use of their abilities to choose a different path. Still, I’d like to do something more personal at some point.” The Q&A session is available to view above, with English subtitles (as well as Arabic, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian). Slitterhead, the latest horror film by Keiichiro Toyama, the creator, and director of Silent Hill, Siren, Gravity Rush, and other films, was released in December. It was created by Toyama’s new studio, Bokeh, which he established after leaving SCE Japan Studio at the end of 2020. Toyama will return to his horror origins in February 2021, according to Bokeh, which also employs numerous other SCE Japan Studio veterans, including Gravity Rush head designer Junya Okura and Kazunobu Sato.