Speaking during an interview with IGN, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Director Noushi Nakanishi confirmed that the upcoming survival horror sequel will feature all the classic gameplay staples of its 90s predecessors.
Questions were raised about how the final game will play following the release of the PlayStation Plus-exclusive demo, which contained little in the way of classic Resi tropes such as resource management and combat.
“Puzzle solving, resource management, and combat" are all "coming down the line," he confirmed.
“They’re all in there, but we’re focusing on horror has come home as a kind of theme for the teaser demo. So if you thought the games were going away from horror in previous years, this is just a statement of intent, purpose, to say it’s back.”
Capcom also said earlier this week that the demo will not be part of the final game, with players taking on the role of a new protagonist in the finished product.
Resident Evil 7 debuts at E3 2016 and promises to redefine survival horror on PS4
Resident Evil 7 takes place following the events of 2012’s Resident Evil 6 and sees gamers unravelling the mysteries of a plantation in the wilderness of Louisiana, USA. The game was fully unveiled during Sony’s E3 2016 press conference.
For the first time in a mainline series entry, Resident Evil 7 will take place from a first-person perspective, with the gameplay also receiving a complete overhaul. Right now, it’s unknown if any familiar faces will be returning for the sequel.
Capcom confirmed that the game will be fully playable in PlayStation VR from start to finish. Resident Evil 7 is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One on January 24, 2017.
For now, we suggest digging into the playable demo, which is home to all manner of little secrets waiting to be discovered.