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New Resident Evil 7 details confirmed, demo content not featured in final game

Capcom’s Koushi Nakanishi has revealed that the contents of its Resident Evil 7 biohazard demo won’t be featured in the final product.

Speaking with Polygon, Nakanishi-san said that the PlayStation Store-exclusive demo is a unique slice of content created specifically to give gamers an idea of what to expect from the upcoming survival horror sequel.

And while it’s “fully representative” of what Resident Evil 7 will play like come January, it won’t be featured in the final game. 

Pleasingly, he also said there’s no plans to pull the demo offline, unlike a certain horror-themed teaser released back in 2014. "Although, you never know," Nakanishi-san added. "You might as well get it while you can."

Elsewhere, the game’s producer, Masachika Kawata, said the main character will be someone “totally new,” and while they won’t be a typical action hero ala Chris Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy, they won’t be completely helpless in combat.

"While we don’t show that aspect of Resident Evil 7 in the teaser demo, that’s something that’s in the full game,” said Kawata-san. 

Fans will also be pleased to learn that the sequel will maintain series tropes such as healing herbs, and will still be based around a biohazard event and the presence of evil, hence the title.

Resident Evil 7 set to redefine survival horror on PS4 in January 2017

Resident Evil 7 biohazard was announced during Sony’s E3 2016 press conference, where it was confirmed the game will launch on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One on January 24, 2017. The sequel will also be fully playable with PlayStation VR.

Set after the events of Resident Evil 6, this latest entry in the 20-year-old franchise takes place on a sprawling plantation in rural America. Much of the plot is being kept under wraps at present, although it appears the estate is home to a family of possibly infected and murderous individuals. 

Resident Evil 7 will be set entirely from a first-person perspective, the first in the mainline series to do so. Gameplay has been completely overhauled and Capcom is powering the fright fest with its new proprietary technology, the RE Engine.

Watch the Resident Evil 7 biohazard cinematic trailer.