8 Failing Video Game Franchises That JUST WON'T DIE

7. Silent Hill

Alone in the Dark

To say that Silent Hill fans have been suffering for the better part of 15 years is an understatement indeed. The hit survival horror franchise kicked off with four amazing-to-solid mainline entries, after which the returns began to diminish significantly.

Silent Hill: Origins, Homecoming, and Shattered Memories had their cheerleaders, but certainly felt like lesser entries compared to what came before, as fans begged Konami to just produce another full-fat Silent Hill game worthy of the original quartet.

But the publisher responded instead with 2012's disappointing Silent Hill: Downpour, a widely-panned "HD Collection" of the second and third games, and naff PS Vita spin-off Book of Memories.

After that, Konami introduced and swiftly cancelled Hideo Kojima's enticing Silent Hills project, and left fans waiting the better part of a decade for their next Silent Hill game.

This turned out to be last year's disastrous interactive streaming series Silent Hill: Ascension, followed by the mostly terrible free-to-play game Silent Hill: The Short Message earlier this year.

Silent Hill certainly has a lot of the projects on the horizon, though sadly few of them look truly promising. 

Hiring the wildly uneven Bloober Team (Layers of Fear) to develop a remake of Silent Hill 2 has many fans up in arms, and the numerous other Silent Hill projects in development - like Silent Hill f and Silent Hill: Townfall - suggest that Konami is spreading the IP thinly without having a concrete idea of where to take it next.

The franchise hasn't done anything even close to remarkable since Shattered Memories in 2009, yet like the shambling inhabitants of the titular nightmarish town, it just keeps coming back.

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