WayForward Shows Off Unfinished Silent Hill DS Technical Demo
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.
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.