Bad news for Xbox 360 Silent Hill fans. According to Destructoid Konami’s plans to bring a borderline game essential patch to the Xbox 360 build of Silent Hill: HD Collection have hit a wall, and instead the patch is scheduled to arrive never.
Though a collective of what many consider two of the best games of the last generation (Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3), Konami received a fair amount of negative feedback for the state in which these games were released. Audio bugs and frame rate dips were the tip of the iceberg. Artistic liberties, such as reduced graphical features like fog, exposed low quality assets and ugly blemishes originally hidden from view. To say fans were unimpressed with the port is an understatement.
In response to these concerns Konami issued a patch last month which cleaned up most of the problems, improving the frame rate and audio, while also restoring the game’s original artistic vision. Yay, fog! All of a sudden, Silent Hill: HD Collection was playable and very enjoyable.
Unfortunately if you purchased the package on the Xbox 360 you’re not going to get any of these improvements. Ever. Konami had the following to say:
“Plans for an Xbox 360 title update have been cancelled due to technical issues and resources. Understanding the issues some users are experiencing, Konami issued a title update for Silent Hill HD Collection (PS3), which fixed frame rate issues as well as audio-synching and other reported issues. KONAMI apologizes to any players who are continuing to experience these issues on the Xbox 360 sku. Silent Hill HD Collection is available at retail stores nationwide.”
So there’s that. Those who own an Xbox 360 copy of Silent Hill: HD Collection will forever own an arguably broken version. Nuts.