Capcom has announced that it is postponing the Resident Evil 7 Not a Hero release date, confirming that while the action-packed expansion will remain free it won’t make its intended spring 2017 launch window.
Speaking in a video message on YouTube, Masachika Kawata and Koshi Nakanishi, who serve as Resident Evil 7’s producer and director, respectively, said that Not a Hero ultimately failed to live up to the team’s expectations in light of the critical acclaim and strong sales that followed the latest entry in Capcom’s multi-million selling survival horror series.
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“Our aim is for this content to match the high quality of the main game, so we need more development time in order to achieve that goal,” said Kawata-san. “Rest assured we’ll use this time to create something that our fans will love, so we hope you understand,” added Nakanishi.
Not a Hero will feature returning Resi veteran Chris Redfield as he attempts to hunt down the last remaining member of the Baker family. Initially gamers were sceptical that this individual was in fact the former S.T.A.R.S. operative due to this drastically altered appearance; however, Capcom explained that a design overhaul was necessary to remain congruent with Resi 7’s more realistic visual style.
Resident Evil 7 was released for PS4, PC, and Xbox One in January 2017, and went on to ship over three million copies worldwide. The game leverages the series’ roots in an attempt to bring back old-school Resi gameplay, eschewing the more action-focused exploits of recent games in favor of exploration, puzzle solving and item management. The game is also fully playable with PlayStation VR from start to finish, a feature that will remain a PS4-exclusive until early 2018.
Capcom has already revealed that it is thinking about the next step for the series, with Resident Evil 8 planning already underway. Quite how that will end up is anyone’s guess, although the Japanese publishing giant is adamant on continuing to evolve the survival horror genre, so there’s a chance it may not necessarily follow the same design template as its predecessor.