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As noted yesterday, not only do we have Silent Hill: Downpour, coming soon for the Xbox 360 and PS3, but another portable edition for the PSVita, Silent Hill: Book of Memories (as mentioned already yesterday). Though let's not forget Silent Hill HD Collection, which didn't get nearly as much attention as Konami's other high def revamps, Metal Gear Sold HD Collection and Zone of the Enders, which were announced alongside.

Recently, it was revealed that the voice acting for both Silent Hill 2 and 3 (still no word on my why part 4 got the shaft, it's really not that bad of a game) will be completely redone. Both frustrated and curious as to why, one fan decided to ask Guy Cihi, who provided the voice of James Sunderland, the lead from part 2, directly via Facebook. The actor’s response?

"Sure, I'd do it again if they asked me but they won't. The problem is that Konami has already been notified they own me residuals for all previous re-uses of my mocap and voice recordings. Changing the voice won't excuse them with the next release because my mocap is there all in there. (Sorry, Konami, I own those rights!) I'll get around to seeking compensation through the court one of these days. I simply don't have the time for it right now. Anybody who has ever sought justice through the cout knows how much money and energy it takes. Hope this doesn't bum you guys out... It's just the way it is."

Intriguing to say the least. First off, will Konami go ahead and re-do Cihi's motion capture? How far does it extend, just in the cut scenes, or were his physical characteristics used when animating James in game? Furthermore, if Cihi does decide to go after Konami legally, and regardless if he wins or not, a legal precedent will be set. Countless games have received new leases on life in the form of re-releases, and people who were involved in the same capacity for those might be able to seek compensation as well.

[via reddit]