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‘Silent Hill: Cold Heart’ Pitch Teases What Could’ve Been

Before we came to know it by its Shattered Memories title, this woefully underrated entry in Konami’s beloved survival horror series was first known as Silent Hill: Cold Heart. Video games change all the time during development, and this game was no exception, though it looks like it did manage to retain a couple of its core ideas along the way, such as the themes of ice and cold.

Almost everything else was changed however, including its being a reimagining of the first Silent Hill — a move that wasn’t part of developer Climax Studios’ original concept. Combat was also a planned feature, though anyone who’s played Shattered Memories knows that was removed entirely from the final product.

Everything you see in the gallery below once belonged to the developer’s 14-page pitch to Konami. The document, which was posted by the fan site Silent Hill Memories, offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the very early stages of the game’s development.

Would you have liked to see this come to fruition, or are you happy with the game we got?


  • huntermc

    This looks like it would have been an awesome game!

  • Brodequin

    I love Shattered Memories, but this one could be great too…

  • Taboo

    Looks like it would be an awesome game. I still need to get my hand on a copy of Shattered Memories..

    • GunsOfNavarone

      It’s very underrated. Sure there are some elements that don’t work but it was one of the freshest in years, in ways of ideas. The ice transition effect when changing between realms was very cool. The story was also pretty good if I recall.

  • Shattered memories was the best since Silent Hill 2, however it looks like there is a crap load more content to be explored. they could still make this game and push it as the sequel to Shattered Memories.

  • wow, now if only Konami had gone with the Cold Heart pitch, it would’ve turned out to be a totally new entry in the Silent Hill franchise, and perhaps even a good one (like Resident Evil Revelations). Maybe even have the Wii one be Cold Heart and keep Shattered Memories on PS2. In the end, I’m just glad that there was even a Silent Hill game at all when I needed it at the time. I enjoyed the soundtrack CD that came with my pre-order. I don’t care what anyone thinks. Silent Hill: Shattered Memories was a good experience on Wii. My cousin and I had one of the best memories together with that game. I wish Climax and Konami could work something out and maybe bring that Cold Heart pitch to form.

  • zonilo1 .

    Looks like we could have gotten a another Silent Hill game with a female protagonist but nope they had to scrap it to make way for a another cookie cutter white male making Heather the only sole SH protagonist we have…sigh….

    I guess it only shows that sexism is at work here since the gaming industry has serious issues with diversity.

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