Monday, July 23, 2012

Silent Hill: Downpour Studio Vatra "Under Review"

It's been four months since the release of Konami's and Vatra's newest addition to the Silent Hill franchise with Downpour, and with the mixed reviews of the game the development team may be in trouble. News was released today that the development studio Vatra has been placed under review by a new management team assessing the business of the company Kuju Entertainment. With the studio being "under review" from the management team there is a possibility that the development team may be entirely shutdown.

In the three years of the development teams existence they've only released two games Rush'n Attack: Ex-Patriot, and Silent Hill: Downpour. Rush'n Attack: Ex-Patriot was a side scrolling 2.5D hack and slash game that was released as a download on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The game was released in March of 2011 with very mixed reviews across the board from all gaming websites. Silent Hill: Downpour was released in March of this year by Vatra after securing a partnership with Konami for Downpour and one other project. Silent Hill: Downpour was given very mixed reviews as well across the board for it's story, combat, and changes that have taken the series in a new direction.

While no decisions have been made regarding if Vatra will be shut down from business David Semik a former 2k Czech employee stated in a tweet "Vatra Games RIP". Time will only tell if Kuju Entertainment will shut the development team down before it's given one more chance at redeeming it's poorly acclaimed games.

Cameron Deao

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