Posted on November 24 2016
On January 24th, players will explore a haunted plantation mansion as Resident Evil 7 takes the franchise back to its roots. It’s been over four years since the last numbered instalment in this 68 million selling franchise and while the previous instalment proved to be something of a disappointment, Capcom are set for a return to form in 2017.
RES7 will put you in the shoes of a brand new character called Ethan, who has gone searching for his missing wife on a Dulvey, Louisiana farmland that’s owned by the Baker family. Sadly, the Bakers don’t seem to be very welcoming or accommodating hosts. In fact, they’d rather eat Ethan than offer him a midnight snack seeing as they’re cannibals.
And whereas other RES games have played out in third person, this time you won’t be looking over anyone’s shoulder. You’re actually going to be face to face with fear in first person view.
The recent Lantern Demo has given us a pretty good idea of what to expect, including the thrill of the chase, as well as the effects this perspective change will have on the gameplay. Not least of which, being left in the dark when someone behind you has blown out the last candle.
For Playstation VR owners, Capcom have also gone a step further and designed the experience for the next level of immersion. Originally released as a tech demo known as Kitchen, players were given a taste of the terror when introduced to an old woman who takes great joy in taunting them while they’re strapped to a chair. No, her name isn’t Mary Berry.
Capcom have learned how to scare us all over again and eagerly revealed that RES7 can be played from start to finish in VR, exclusively on PS4. While that obviously seems like a clear advantage over Xbox One and PC users, perhaps the exclusive nightmare fuel waking you up in the middle of the night might make you feel otherwise.
In another first, both the Western and Japanese variations of the title will be brought together. Entitled Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, this creates a unity amongst the global Resident Evil community as never before. It’s not a coincidence, either, as Capcom have indicated this provides a major clue about the game’s plot and setting.
Resident Evil Returns in a big, if slightly unexpected, way, and it’s a gaming event we’re all looking forward to. Even if it’s through the cracks of our fingers while hiding behind the sofa!