Silent Hill: Downpour is open world “has a lot of side quests”
I’m not sure how I feel about that. It might be brilliant. The info came out in an interview with producer Devin Shatsky on the EU PlayStation Blog. Shatsky says “The town is completely explorable. Downpour has a lot of side quests that aren’t tied to the core linear storyline. You might stumble across a room that triggers a side quest, and completing it might reveal a new bit of Silent Hill lore”.
Another interesting bit of information is that monsters are tied into the weather system – when it starts to rain more things come out. Shatsky says that “when the weather ramps up, so do the amount of monsters. So if the weather goes to hell, you might want to head indoors and find a place to hide”. That could add some interesting tension.
They’ll also be no nurses or Pyramid Head with Shatsky making it clear that “In Silent Hill monsters are directly tied to the protagonist’s background, so the enemies in this game all have meaning to [convict hero] Murphy”.
There’s loads of interesting info so I suggest you read it.