Resident Evil 7 is a very different game compared to the last few Resident Evil games we’ve seen from Capcom. A first-person horror game is not what we’d expect to see from Capcom, let alone as part of their incredibly successful Resident Evil series. Everyone knows how good the Playable Teaser (P.T)/Silent Hills demo from Kojima Productions was, but that game will never see the light of day. Fortunately, we have Resident Evil 7 to save the day.
Despite Resident Evil 5 and 6 being the most successful games in Capcom’s history in terms of sales, the developers have decided to go in a completely different direction. Capcom understand people may have questions, to which they have finally supplied answers to in their most recent blog post.
Here are some of the questions you can find in the interview:
Is RE7 a reboot?
Nakanishi-san: “It’s not a reboot and we’re not throwing away the series’ canonical storyline. It’s the new numbered title in the series and it’s a sequel to the existing mainline series titles. After I say that and you try the demo, you may say “Really?”, because it looks nothing like any of that, but trust me. We need to have a bit of mystery in survival horror, so we’re trying to make you wonder when you play it how could this possibly be connected? That’s part of the appeal.
Why did the team decide to shift RE7 into a first-person perspective?
Kawata-san: “Both myself and the director, Mr. Nakanishi, felt if we want people to experience horror and experience it in the most direct, visceral way possible, then literally putting yourself in the position of seeing what the character sees is the best way to do that and so it was our motivation for the first-person camera change.”
Nakanishi-san: “Of course it’s a big change, so first we got a prototype working and we put first-person in place and we wanted to see if we could make Resident Evil work in first person. As soon as we had it up and running we were really confident that this was the way to move forward. We were really happy with the way that Resident Evil feels in first person.”
Read the entire blog post to find the answers to several questions you may have had, including how PlayStation VR has impacted the way Resident Evil 7 plays, who you actually play as in this game and if the developers feel Resident Evil 7 may be too scary.