E3 2016: Resident Evil 7 Supports VR, Can Be Played In First-Person
Resident Evil 7
(Last Updated On: June 13, 2016)

Capcom finally unveiled Resident Evil 7 and they did it during the Sony E3 press conference. They revealed a cinematic gameplay demo during the press conference, completely and entire in first-person.

One of the themes of this new game is that it can be played traditionally or it can be played entirely in virtual reality through the first-person perspective. The VR perspective is entirely optional but it looks pretty intense. You can check out the video trailer below courtesy of PlayStation Lifestyle, running on the brand new RE Engine, which was designed to render photorealistic environments.

Unlike the other games, Capcom revealed that players will be in control of a completely normal character this time around. They specifically mentioned that you won’t be playing a super hero capable of blasting through zombies and punching them into oblivion. I’m assuming this means that a single zombie will likely give players some hardships, which could be a serious change of pace for the franchise and hopefully bring back those true horror roots.

In a post-conference segment a rep from Capcom also revealed that the game will take place on a plantation somewhere in rural, mid-west America. As demonstrated in the video above, the segment involving the player walking around in the mansion will actually be part of the game. The mansion will be a part of the gameplay experience along with the rest of the plantation. They don’t say exactly how big the mansion is, but it will apparently be a significant part of the gameplay experience.

Resident Evil 7

The title has mostly been in development by Capcom’s Japanese development branch and they began working on it back in the early part of 2014, so they have a solid cycle of development leading up to the January 24th, 2017 release on the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

I know that a lot of the skepticism surrounding VR adoption in the consumer market was going to be based on killer apps and AAA games, but it looks as if some of the publishers will be addressing this skepticism by adding support for the PlayStation VR, which is one of the things some analysts have already been expecting.

With titles like Resident Evil 7 supporting PS VR, it’s very possible that the consumer adoption of VR could really blossom by the end of 2016 and early 2017.

There’s a demo that PlayStation Plus gamers can grab right now for the PS4. For more info feel free to visit the official Resident Evil website.


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  • C G Saturation

    Okay, so a friend told me Capcom has confirmed that the demo is absolutely nothing like the actual game. The actual game will just be the usual Resident Evil (assumedly like 4-6), and the protagonist won’t be the same person either.

    I am really not a fan of these trials/demos/teasers that are absolutely nothing like the actual game.

    • C G Saturation

      Source (as quoted to me): “So once again Capcom confirms on the Capcom Unity stream that the demo is not part of the main game. And that the main game will still have all the elements RE is known for.”

      • C G Saturation

        Update:
        Apparently, this was worded badly by several articles on the net. The source seems to only imply that unlike the demo, RE7 will still have item sorting, combat, etc.

  • Wisdomcube2000

    I’m not sure if I just missed a bunch or what, but where was the resident evil gameplay shown? This looked like Outlast or Condemned Criminal Origins…

    Not that that is a bad thing, just not what I play resident evil games for.

  • MusouTensei

    What do you mean “can be played in first person”? Can you switch to 3rd person?

    • C G Saturation

      Apparently, the demo is nothing like the actual game, which will just be the usual RE.

      • MusouTensei

        Oh I hope so.

  • C G Saturation

    Just watched a playthrough of the demo. Didn’t think much of it. I think they must have seen people’s reaction to P.T. and wanted to make something like it.

    i wish they’d make fresh new IPs, like they used to. I’m not really looking forward to seeing Resident Evil 15+ in a few years time.

    • LurkerJK

      I agree, this game has no need yo piggyback a franchise, in fact seeing the game just confused me, it looks nothing like any predecesor

      I would take those vídeos with a grain of salt, they all looked pre rendered, only the FF15 one looked mechanically pausible and they all looked like slices of a game repackaged as “experiences”