Silent Hill: Downpour design director exits Vatra

Gomez at work on new horror games.

Brian Gomez, design director for Silent Hill: Downpour, has left Vatra Games. Gomez gave his leave notice early last month, and officially left the company on October 31.

“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,” Gomez told the Silent Hill Historical Society. “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.”

While all Gomez’s efforts were applied to the game before his leave, he does mention there were some things he wanted to put in that Konami just wouldn’t let him do. But he hopes to implement them in his new projects, which are currently in the works, but completely under wraps at the moment.

“Yes, you can rest assured that some of the projects I’m looking at are survival horror related,” he said. “There’s a lot of things I still want to do in this genre that Konami simply didn’t let me do.”

Silent Hill: Downpour is due in February 2012 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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