WayForward released Silent Hill: Book of Memories for the Vita in 2012, but its first experiments with Silent Hill began on the DS in 2006.

WayForward built a tech-demo which borrowed assets from Silent Hill 2, including the game's protagonist James Sunderland. It offered a single room and was built as a proof-of-concept. WayForward showed off the never-before-seen demo during a 24-hour live stream.

The archive of the live stream has unfortunately expired, but WayForward discussed its DS proof-of-concept demo and its original ideas for Book of Memories. The original concept would have had the player switch between the traditional over-the-shoulder view usually seen in Silent Hill and the overhead view that was seen in the final game.

For our review of Silent Hill: Book of Memories head here, and to learn more about Wayforward, head here to read our developer salute feature covering the studio.

[Via: Eurogamer]

Our Take
It's always interesting to see these abandoned and cancelled projects. It's fun to imagine what could have been. I realize the final game likely would have abandoned James Sunderland as its protagonist, but it would have been cool to see a new game follow his further exploits. The game's ending certainly leaves the story open for further explanation.