Source: The British Board of Film Classification's recent rating of a Konami game titled "Silent Hill."
What we heard: Last month, rumors percolated that Climax was working on a remake of Konami's groundbreaking horror game, Silent Hill. If true, the game would be the second Silent Hill title from the UK developer, after the tepidly received PSP and PS2 offering Silent Hill: Origins. Those rumors pegged the game as coming to the PSP and Wii, with the latter featuring new motion controls.
Today came new indications that something is happening with the Silent Hill license, courtesy of the BBFC classification of a game titled "Silent Hill." What, though, isn't exactly clear. When contacted by GameSpot, BBFC reps said that the game outlined in the classification--which features spoilers galore--was for the "Sony PS2."
Slight problem: The first Silent Hill was never released on the PlayStation 2, having debuted instead on the original PlayStation in 1999. (The first PS2 Silent Hill was 2001's Silent Hill 2.) When asked about the apparent discrepancy, a BBFC rep said, "That is the platform we classified it on, but our classification is platform neutral. As long as the game remains identical, [Konami] can release it on whichever platform they want to without [the classification] having to be done again." (Emphasis added.)
Given the rep's confusion about the platform, the "identical" comment offers a little wiggle room. It could be a completely unaltered port, which would indicate a straight rerelease on the PlayStation Network. The term also likely covers ports with slightly rejiggered control schemes, which would be necessary for PSP and Wii versions.
The official story: Konami UK reps declined to comment.
Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus that something prompted the British government to reissue a classification for Silent Hill. Only time will tell exactly what that is.
Additional reporting for this story was done by GameSpot UK's Alex Sassoon Coby.