Due to the early posting of the upcoming survival horror titles rating via the ESRB games rating board we’ve now been able to garner a few tantalising new details about what we can expect in the next entry of this fantastic franchise.
According to the games initial ESRB listing – which has since been removed by request of Capcom – the game will revolve around new franchise character Ethan, described in the listing as “A man searching for his missing wife in a derelict mansion.” Even that as an initial outline of plot has such an overbearing sense of dread, it feels so classic Resident Evil, potentially with an even greater survival horror element in the mix as no note of the character being any kind of specialist or soldier such as the STARS team members in previous games is present.
Further to this the inclusion of detailed, first person intense graphic violence and gore is noted as the game is said to include instances of “A character’s arm dismembered by a chainsaw, a man’s legs taken off at the knee with a shovel and a character impaled through the face with a shovel.”
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Finally the fact that the gameplay will be first person is confirmed, a divergence from previous entries and for me providing something of a feel similar to the excellent first person horror series Condemned. The listing says for gameplay players will “Explore the environment and use pistols, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws to kill mutant creatures”, so at least we know there’s some heavy duty weaponry going on to fight off whatever the mutant creatures of the game will be.
Whilst this listing has now been removed from the site, Capcom have confirmed that there will be further details about Resident Evil 7 coming soon.
What are your thoughts on these fresh plot and first person gameplay details? As big series fans we can’t wait for this potential return to its roots and we’ll have more details as soon as they become available.
Ben Corbett-Mills | @benleopards