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.
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.