Capcom has announced the release of Resident Evil 7 biohazard in North America and Europe. The game is now available both digitally and at retail for the PlayStation 4 , Xbox One, and Windows PC (for both Steam and the Windows Store).
The game follows Ethan Winters, who has been led to Dulvey, Louisiana in search of his missing wife. There he comes upon a sinister and supposedly abandoned plantation where all is not as it seems. Observant readers will notice that with a few word substitutions, one arrives at the plot for Silent Hill 2, the legendary survival horror game that is considered the iconic example of the genre. Ethan soon encounters the mysterious Baker family, who have been missing from the area for some time and are less than thrilled with Ethan’s intrusion into their home.
Resident Evil 7 biohazard continues the series tradition for exploration in hostile environments with a twist: first-person perspective. While Resident spin-offs such as The Umbrella Chronicles have used first-person before, these were in more traditional rail shooter environments, where adrenaline is surging. Instead, the game limits visibility and forces players to explore the dark, dilapidated mansion “through their own eyes.” Capcom has also included the optional PlayStation VR Mode in the PS4 version of the game, to capitalize on the potential for terror.
Capcom will continue to support game after launch with optional downloadable content. Available shortly after launch, Banned Footage Vol. 1 and Banned Footage Vol. 2 will each deliver two further scenarios and an extra bonus mode. An additional story episode, Not a Hero, will be released for free to all players in spring 2017 and will introduce players to a new separate storyline separate from the tale of Ethan Winters. The DLC will be available via the Season Pass and deluxe editions of the game. Once they become available, AFKer will cover the release of these items in the Patches section.
Resident Evil 7 biohazard currently retails at $59.99 in its normal edition, while the deluxe version is set at $89.99. This title has been rated M for “Mature.”