On October 31, 2011 Brian Gomez officially stepped down from being a Design Director at Vatra Games and is no longer working on Silent Hill Downpour. This is some saddening news but Brian assures me that Silent Hill fans should not fret!
Hi Whitney, I just wanted to give you a heads-up that today is officially my last day with Vatra Games and the Silent Hill team.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 4-6 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!)
With such long stints away from the family his descision is completely understandable in my opinion and as a fan I have full confidence that he has left Downpour in not only good place but in good hands as well.
So what will be in store for Brian in the future?
A lot! He has many cool new projects in the works (and without the long stays away from his family!) but nothing he can discuss in detail at this very moment.
Being such a survival horror nut myself I asked if any of these projects will be survival horror related and I was happy to hear they are!
Yes, you can rest assured that some of the projects I’m looking at are survival horror related. There’s a lot of things I still want to do in this genre that Konami simply didn’t let me do.
I wish Brian the best of luck with his new ventures! I can’t wait to see his work with Downpour in the flesh this March (woot!) and I look forward to hearing more about what he have in store for horror gaming!
For anyone wanting to keep up to date on Brian’s future en devours you should definitely follow him on twitter! @briangomez
Source: Silent Hill Historical Society