Resident Evil 7 shifts perspectives for players
Following the disappointing reception for Resident Evil 6, Capcom went back to the drawing board with its survival horror franchise. The result is Resident Evil 7 biohazard, which marks a major departure for the series.
During the Sony E3 press conference Monday, Capcom announced the new addition to the series. The biggest shift is the perspective as the series makes the jump to a first person view. Capcom announced the game will be powered by Capcom’s new RE Engine to showcase a photorealistic style. The goal is to deliver ‘an unprecedented level of immersion that brings the thrilling horror up close and personal.’
Set in modern day rural America and taking place after the dramatic events of Resident Evil 6, players experience the terror directly from the first person perspective. The Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour demo, also announced today, portrays events leading up to the main game and ties directly into the impactful PlayStation VR “KITCHEN” tech demo first shown at E3 2015. In the new teaser demo, the player awakens inside a dilapidated cottage on an ominous plantation mansion. Can they make it out alive?
I’m not sure that was the best move for the series as that just makes the game too similar to a slew of other FPS games in the field. Resident Evil 6 admittedly had some issues, but the series just needed to step back and tone down the crazy action gameplay style and focus more on the survival horror.
On the other hand, the screenshots look absolutely incredible. The amount of detail and lighting effects are stunning.
If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you can download the teaser demo Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour. In the teaser players will get a sample of the gameplay and atmospheric thrills awaiting in the game.
Resident Evil 7 will be released on PlayStation 4, (the full gameplay experience will also be available via the included PlayStation VR Mode), Xbox One and Windows PC (Steam and Windows 10 Store) across North America and Europe on January 24, 2017.
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