Whispers and rumors have now found solid ground as the Australian Classification Board (ACB) dispels the fog around an unannounced title in the revered Silent Hill series. The ACB’s latest report details Silent Hill: The Short Message, an upcoming game poised to bring players to the precipice of psychological horror.
The game takes place in a modern-day German apartment complex called The Villa. It immerses players in the challenging life of Anita, a young woman who navigates the ominous corridors seen from a first-person perspective. The report describes an intense environment where the aftermath of violence is as real as the rough language that echoes through the halls. The rating highlights strong suicide themes, and the game does not shy away from confronting imagery, including blood-filled bathtubs, razor blades, and scars that tell stories of pain and desperation.
The narrative-driven experience is punctuated with intense cut-scenes, where Anita’s reality blurs with haunting flashbacks. Voices that scream blame, the stark possibility of suicide, and a disturbingly personal encounter with self-harm are among the game’s impactful moments. These scenes are designed to resonate with the player, weaving the game’s message into the very fabric of its horror.
The game makers have taken a brave step by addressing a sensitive subject matter. They have included messages of support in the game to encourage players affected by its themes to seek help. The ACB considers the game’s depictions of self-harm and suicide as part of a broader conversation on mental health. The game ultimately encourages outreach and support for those in need.
Silent Hill: The Short Message is set to carry an MA 15+ rating in Australia, a testament to its mature and intense content. While not officially announced, the ACB’s report hints at a game that’s not just another stroll through the fog but a deep, introspective journey into what scares us, both externally and from within.