With all of the fa-la-las and jingle bells going on around this time of year, it is nice to break up the Christmas cheer with something a little… different. Ahead of its January 24, 2017 release, Capcom has finally dropped ten truly disturbing minutes from their latest installment in the beloved Resident Evil franchise. So far Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is shaping up to be a far departure from its predecessors in terms of both content and experience, however, the Playstation VR-ready sequel is shaping up to be a horrifying romp through a mysterious manor full of the criminally insane.
Game: Resident Evil: Biohazard
Consoles: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Home Sweet Home
The gameplay footage, which is spread over three short videos and totaling nearly ten minutes, teases little on the story-front. What we know so far is that you play as Ethan Winters, having traveled to the run-down Baker home in Dulvey, Louisiana in search of your missing wife. Although Capcom still appears to be playing it close-to-the-chest with narrative details at this point, the second video has a phone call in which the woman’s voice on the other end asks, “Did my daddy give you a hard time?” One can only assume the person she is referring to as her “daddy” is the axe-wielding villain that appears throughout the walkthrough. I would say it’s very safe to assume.
The first video has one member of the Baker family in hot pursuit of the protagonist. He smashes through tables and walls and gets set on fire near the end of the clip. The end even shows some gunplay, though the pistol is less than effective.
The second video seems to delve deeper into the mansion and shows off some of the other creatures (zombies?) that we saw in a previous teaser. It also ends with our bespectacled Baker friend waylaying the protagonist.
The final video shows off some puzzle-solving, but also reveals some new locales and characters. We are introduced to a wasp-wielding old woman as well as an outdoor location, somewhere in a swamp.
Resident Evil: Biohazard looks like it will be packed with a ton of creepy characters and tantalizingly derelict locations. Though the PlayStation VR experience may be the quintessential version of the newest installment, it looks like Biohazard will have plenty of disturbing content to satiate any appetite for terror.
Capcom has released a demo for Resident Evil: Biohazard available now for the PS4. The demo will be made available for Xbox One on December 9 and for PC December 19.