Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is an upcoming horror based survival game being developed by Capcom. It is scheduled for 24th January 2017 release. It will be the 11th entry in the Resident Evil series. Resident Evil 7 will however be the first First-Person Shooter (FPS) of the lot. It will be available for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The PS4 version of the game will come with full PlayStation VR support.
The game was announced on 14th June 2016, during the E3. A demo of the game, titled Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour was also launched later that day. It was available for PlayStation Plus subscribers. The game drew many comparisons with Konami’s cancelled Silent Hills. Capcom however cleared the air and said the teaser won’t be a part of the final game.
Plot Resident Evil 7 is set in an abandoned plantation in rural America. The game is a direct sequel to Resident Evil 6. Resident Evil 7 however features a new cast of characters. The new main character will not have the combat skills of the main characters of the prequels. Still, there will be references to the previous games and it won’t be a reboot. As per the developers, the term “Biohazard” in the title will play an important part in the game.
Graphics The game is powered by the new RE engine. The engine also includes VR development tools. The game has haunting graphics, reminiscent of movies like the Conjuring. The blacks are dark and deep. There is a somber tone to the overall game. The rendering of objects however is quite good and if you are playing the game on console, it looks almost real. The VR version of the game feels fantastic. In the VR, it actually feels like you are holding the guns and interacting with objects. Well done Capcom!
Gameplay This will be the first First-Person Shooter of the game. Unlike the previous games in the series, Resident Evil 7 will not be a “gun fest” as per the developers. It will be more of a tactical game with extra emphasis on stealth. Resident Evil 7 will also be devoid of quick time events. This comes as a major surprise as it will mean the end for traditional jump scares provided by the series. Other aspects from the series such as resource management, healing herbs, puzzle solving etc. will however feature in Resident Evil 7.
Reception The game’s playable teaser, Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour was very well received by the gaming community. Another tease of the game, the KITCHEN, also got a warm reception. As of now, the demo has been downloaded over 2 million times and that too when it was released exclusively for PlayStation Plus subscribers. There however remains a bit of apprehension due to the massive failure of Resident Evil 6 but if the demos are anything to go by, those mistakes may not be repeated.
Verdict After the massive success of Resident Evil 4 and 5, Capcom managed to dish out a full scale disaster in Resident Evil 6. The less we talk about that game, the better. With Resident Evil 7, Capcom hopes to right its wrongs. From what could judge from the demo, Resident Evil 7 might right these wrongs. The graphics are amazing and the VR version nearly removed the barriers between the virtual and real world. The plot remains shrouded in mystery but the FPS look of the game reminds us of F.E.A.R. and so the game has added expectations. How it actually turns out can only be decided after its release on 24th January 2017. Till then, let us all hope Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is nothing like its prequel.