CD Keys: Resident Evil 7 Announced!
Holy crap it’s been announced! During Capcom’s press release in E3 2016, they’ve let out one doozey of an announcement! Resident Evil 7 is to be released on January 24, 2017, and comes with a drool-inducing trailer to boot. Here’s the video below:
I don’t know about you folks, but I’ve been waiting for Resident Evil 7 ever since Capcom promised to go back to its roots after the failure of RE6.
Fans of the Horror genre simply LOVE to be scared. It’s, of course, the primary emotion that keep us engaged in the genre in the first place. The trend as of late in many horror games are stapled in generic, cookie-cutter jump scares that have no lasting impression other than stubbing your foot on a coffee table. RE7, on the other hand, looks to be a promising addition to the Resident Evil franchise and may just revive it from its recent undead slump.
The trailer contains a lot of ambiance right off the bat and really does look to be going back to its roots in terms of the dreadful atmosphere. What’s new to the game, however, is the first-person perspective that seems to be inspired from other immersive first-person horror games like Outlast and the recently cancelled Silent Hills PT. We don’t know where this is going or how it’s going to turn out, but I’m going to keep optimistic that Capcom learned from their mistakes and won’t turn this into another foolish action shooter.
With a new in-house RE engine that has VR support, Capcom has done such a good job with the visual fidelity of the game. True, it still is just a trailer, but I don’t expect the real game to deviate from what we see now. But none of this actually matters if the setting and story fail harder than RE6 did.
Taking place in the modern day, a few years after the sixth game, Resident Evil 7 focuses on a smaller scale horror conflict as it revolves around a derelict mansion in rural America. Mansion, right? This is obviously an homage to its roots and draws its strengths from the claustrophobic horror that popularized the series in the first place. Now that it’s been announced to be in the first-person format, I believe that this is going to be even more frightening due to the Point of View. A bone of contention for some fans, on the other hand, is that series may be headed towards the supernatural rather than the staple virus/B.O.W. enemies. But, as far as the trailer shows, it looks to be promising, so we’ll have to wait and see.
But for those that can’t wait for CD Keys, there’s already a demo already out. Get to it!