The catch-up coffee: February 5, 2024

CUC: State of Play edition!

7 mins read
Dee Dee the mascot of DDNet

Welcome to Digitally Downloaded’s weekly catch-up news feature, the catch-up coffee. With each issue I will bring you the best news that you may have missed. Grab the biggest mug you’ve got, fill it with your favourite brew, and catch up with us (and our favourite news anchor, Dee Dee)!'s Discord banner. You click on it to be taken to the Website's Discord server

A new Silent Hill “experience” is available now; Silent Hill 2 gets a new trailer

Silent Hill had a pretty big presence at last week’s State of Play, with a surprise “experience” reveal/launch and a new trailer for the Silent Hill 2 remake. Silent Hill: The Short Message is a new “experience” (I don’t know why this term is used, it’s still a freaking video game) available now. It’s basically a teaser of what’s coming up in the Silent Hill games. In the game, Anita receives messages from her friend Maya and ends up at a creepy apartment block that is infamous for rumours of suicide. Once inside, she encounters otherworldly spaces and twisted monsters. Maya’s message says that Anita can’t leave until she finds “it,” but what is it exactly?

Developed by HexaDrive and published by Konami, Silent Hill: The Short Message is available now – for free! – for PlayStation 5.

Konami also showed off a new “combat reveal” trailer for the Silent Hill 2 remake. It includes new gameplay footage to show what players can expect from the modernized combat. Story-wise, James receives a letter from his dead wife and head to the place they shares many memories as he hopes to see her again. The place? Silent Hill, of course. By the lake, he finds a woman eerily similar to his wife. She says her name is Maria, and her voice and face are just like said deceased wife’s.

Developed by Bloober Team and published by Konami, Silent Hill 2 will be released for PC via Steam and PlayStation 5.

A rebuilt and enhanced version of Until Dawn is on the way

Last month, it was announced that Until Dawn is being made into a film. But the Until Dawn news isn’t done, as a remaster of the game has been announced. It’s not being developed by Supermassive Games, unfortunately. It is still being published by Sony Interactive Entertainmeny, though, so I guess that’s how it’s being remade. I guess Supermassive is busy enough with its own stuff.

The game follows eight friends as they return to an isolated lodge one year after two from their group vanished. It’s best described as a slasher horror game, and it plays like you’re watching a movie (so the adaptation makes sense). Take control of various characters, learn what makes them tick, and discover who in the group has the ability to survive. There are new collectibles, new environments, and re-cut narrative sequences. There is also a new musical score, a third-person camera, and DualSense controller features.

Developed by Ballistic Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Until Dawn will be released for PC and PlayStation 5 sometime this year.

Death Stranding 2 has an official title and a very long new trailer

The back half of the State of Play should have been subtitled as “It’s Kojima’s World And We All Just Live In It.” Most of that time is taken up by a beefy 10-minute trailer for Death Stranding 2, now officially titled Death Stranding 2: On the Beach. The first game was beloved, and I know there’s a lot of excitement over this one. Returning actors include Norman Reedus, Léa Seydoux, and Troy Baker; joining the cast is Elle Fanning and Shioli Kutsana.

Death Stranding 2: On the Beach has Sam –plus companions – setting off on a new journey to save humans from extinction. The world is filled with otherworldly enemies, obstacles, and a single question: should we have connected?

Developed by Kojima Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Death Stranding 2: On The Beach will be released for PlayStation 5 in 2025.

Kojima is returning to espionage with Physint

Physint will be a brand new, original IP, and a next-gen (PS6?) action espionage game. In the State of Play Hideo Kojima states, “We have extensive experience with Sony, having grown the espionage genre together for almost 30 years. Also, Sony not only does games but also music and movies. It will definitely be a strong collaboration. Two years from now, I will celebrate the 40th anniversary of my game production career. I am confident that this title will be the culmination of my work.” It’s worth noting that at the end of the video, there are teases that Sony Pictures and Columbia Pictures may be involved.

Kojima was light on Physint’s details, only saying that the plan was to bring together cutting-edge technology and talent to create the game. It’s interactive, but also a movie at the same time when it comes to look, story, theme, cast, acting, fashion, and sound. Kojima states, “With this title, we hope to transcend the barriers between film and video games.” I’m pretty sure a lot of FMV games have done that, but go on…

Developed by Kojima Productions and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, Physint will begin production when work on Death Stranding 2: On the Beach is complete. No platforms were announced; PlayStation is a given, but it sounds like the game may be pushing into PlayStation 6 territory.

Buy the hottest games with Amazon.

By purchasing from this link, you support DDNet.
Each sale earns us a small commission.

Lindsay picked up an NES controller for the first time at the age of 6 and instantly fell in love. She began reviewing GBA games 20 years ago and quickly branched out from her Nintendo comfort zone. She has has developed a great love of life sims and FMV titles. For her, accessibility is one of the most important parts of any game (but she also really appreciates good UI).

  • The Death Stranding 2 trailer definitely caught my eye… Now I’m curious about the first, but as I’m making it through Persona 5 Royal, I’m not sure I want another long game so soon… why can’t they make these things shorter??

  • Previous Story

    Atelier Resleriana is a free-to-play Atelier that could have used some beach volleyball

    Next Story

    February 2024 Podcast: Accessibility, Lunar New Year, and more!

    Latest Articles