During Sony's E3 briefing today, Capcom announced Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, marking the return of the zombie franchise. The release date was confirmed for January 24 of next year on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This comes after Capcom announced several plans for the Resident Evil franchise earlier this year such as the full Resident Evil 2 remake and the re-release Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6 throughout the rest of this year on the PS4 and Xbox One.
The game hopes to pay tribute to the franchise’s beginnings along with adding many new features. With the story set to follow the events of Resident Evil 6, the game's story will focus on a "foreboding, derelict plantation mansion in rural America. Players must explore and survive the horrors within the mysterious, sprawling estate."
Many people will be happy to know that a playable demo of the game has already been made available to download to all PlayStation+ subscribers. Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour aims to offer "a sense of the intense and terrifying experience" without spoiling the game for anyone who plans on purchasing it at a later date.
Also a great surprise for Resident Evil fans, 7 will mark the first time for the franchise that the game will be playable in virtual reality using PlayStation VR. "Playing the game in the PlayStation VR Mode escalates the unsettling feeling of presence to a level that horror fans have never experienced," Capcom said. "In the classic Resident Evil games of yesteryear, players braced for fear in the first-person via the creepy door-opening scenes, and Resident Evil 7 ramps up that tension with an immersive first-person view and a photorealistic graphical style."
Although the game was made available to preorder on the PS4 today, Xbox One and PC pre-orders will be available at a later date. Everyone who preorders the PS4 edition of the game will receive a dynamic PS4 theme and the Survival Pack. The pack will include an "early unlock to the hardest difficulty mode" and a "special item set" when the game is launched.
Resident Evil 7 is set for a release date for January 24, 2017, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.