Silent Hill developer loses design director

Vatra Games is losing a key member of staff ahead of the release of Silent Hill: Downpour. Design director Brian Gomez has parted ways with the team in order to work closer to home.

As the dev explained to series fan site the Silent Hill Historical Society: “When it was announced that Downpour was being delayed to 2012, my family and I came to the decision that I couldn’t keep making the commute between Los Angeles and Brno for another 4 to 6 months. Downpour is so close to completion, there’s not a lot more that I can personally do for the project that Devin, Tomm, and Marek Berka cannot handle on their own. I gave my notice a few weeks ago, setting Halloween as my last day. (Seemed fitting!)”

Gomez assured fans that his departure would not affect the quality of the game. He did however note that he had creative differences with Konami, stating: “There’s a lot of things I still want to do in this genre that Konami simply didn’t let me do.”

Downpour is still on for 2012. Will it be a dream Silent Hill game or turn into the wrong sort of nightmare?