The latest installment in the Resident Evil franchise is, thankfully, putting the “horror” back into the survival/horror genre. A genre Capcom can be credited for essentially creating. It’s true other, creepier games have come before and since they first released the now classic tale of Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine unraveling the mysterious Umbrella Corporation, but Resident Evil brought survival/horror to the mainstream. One could argue, if not for the success of Resident Evil, that games like Silent Hill may not have been given the chance to exist. People also learned that they loved soiling their pants while playing games.
In the latest trailer for the 7th installment of the series Capcom is really trying to drive home the horror aspects of the new title. Set in an unspecified bayou, a location fitting for a horror story, the fear is palpable from the beginning. The unnamed protagonist is fleeing for her life while being pursued by a lantern wielding, witch like woman. The weathered skinned hag is relentless in her pursuit. While not as menacing of a beast like Nemesis, there is still a real tension to be felt when one is being chased and having to constantly look over their shoulder while trying to survive.
The trailer also makes a strong case for not only the first person view, but for PlayStation VR as well. This is the first game I have seen that has gotten me legitimately interested in the technology. The little details in the environment make exploring the foreboding location seem like you’re walking through a real horror movie.
Littered with creepy, mutilated dolls, obscure art work, cobwebs, and all manner of horror tropes the ramshackle series of shacks on the bayou look like a horror lovers nightmare come true. VR will only serve to bring this feeling home. Forcing you to live the experience.
While the trailer may not show gamers the things we want to see most in a RE game: combat, inventory management, herbs, etc. It does give us a good taste of what Capcom has in store for us in Resident Evil 7. In an interview with IGN, after the debut of this most recent video, Producer Masachika Kawata assures us that all those things listed above are in fact in the game. He says that this trailer was just meant to highlight this single aspect of gameplay. The feeling of being pursued while trapped in an unknown location and just trying to find your way out.
Kawata also assuages any fears that without VR, players will not enjoy the game. He states that the developers are thinking of everyone, and that he understands that not all gamers will want to play the game in VR. While it certainly would be immersive to strap on a headset and have the bejesus scared out of you, Capcom is hoping that even without the benefit of VR RE7 will be frightening enough.
In the interview Kawata also says that, by the end of the game, players will see how this seemingly disconnected story relates to the Resident Evil series as a whole. Which is good news for those that thought this was too much of a deviation for the franchise.
RE7 comes out January 24th, 2017. You geeks can check out the new trailer below. Did it scare you? Intrigue you? Let us know what you think of Resident Evil 7 so far, and stick with us for more on RE7 in the future.