The Future. The team at Genvid Entertainment wants to turn the popular Silent Hill game franchise into the next streaming hit. Silent Hill: Ascension makes multiplayer gaming an appointment-viewing-and-playing experience. If the somewhat complicated title is successful, it may pioneer a new form of gameplay that everyone from cloud-based gaming titans (Microsoft, Sony) to streaming giants (Netflix) will try to replicate for their subscribers.
Choose your own horror
Silent Hill: Ascension is an online multiplayer “choose your own adventure” game that’ll take place every night at 9pm EST over the course of “months.”
- Participants can work together to keep characters safe (dubbed “endurance streams”), influence story decisions, and customize characters to be included in the streams.
- But, each player doesn’t hold the same amount of power. Players earn more “influence points” the more they interact with the game.
- And since not everybody is available to play during the 9pm game time, players can catch a recap of the night’s previous events and vote on the big story decisions within 24 hours.
If appointment gameplay isn’t your jam, you can also watch the show as you would any normal streaming series — each week, the daily streams will be recut into a traditional narrative episode. While watching, you can have a chat running with other players or get a breakdown of what story decisions were made.
If Silent Hill: Ascension sounds like your kind of thing, you can jump in and join the action. The first stream went down last night. It’s available on the series’ site or via iOS or Android app.