Everything we know about Resident Evil 7 Biohazard’s story so far.
There’s an update for the demo today that will induce more pant-soiling terror. You can download the Twilight version even if you don’t have PS Plus, and poke around the dilapidated mansion some more. No doubt there will be some scary new surprises in store.
Even more terrifying however, is the price increase.
The digital deluxe version is getting a ten dollar price increase from $79.99 to $89.99. This version includes the game and season pass for two extra story episodes. An additional story episode is now being added, explaining the bump in price.
The good news is that if you’ve already pre-ordered the digital deluxe edition on the North American PlayStation Store, your pre-order will be upgraded automatically with no charge, so you’ll be getting the third story episode for free.
Pre-order customers of both the standard and deluxe versions are in for a treat as well. The Survival Pack: Recovery Set full of consumable healing items will bet thrown in and you’ll find them in your inventory every time you start a new game. You’ll also be able to play on the Madhouse mode difficulty level from the get-go rather than having to complete a run-through on normal first. A “mysterious in-game Lucky Coin” will be thrown in as well.
And the last of the pre-order bonuses is a dynamic PS4 theme for those ordering from the NA PlayStation store.
Now on to the juicy story details.
A loose translation of a Resident Evil 7 Famitsu feature popped up over on reddit, revealing a giant wodge of new details.
Let’s kick things off with the dinner table scene. This is apparently a piece of art made specifically for TGS and isn’t representative of the actual game. We won’t see some of the characters here in the game at all.
To the far left we have Camille Baker. The first time I saw this I thought it was a random corpse, but she’s an old lady and she’s alive.
There is a point in the game where the player wakes up in the derelict mansion and meets Camille. So look forward to that encounter.
Next is the Lucas Baker, his parents Jack and Marguerite Baker, and poor old Andre from the demo. Camile and Lucas are mentioned as having a role in the game with Lucas being a major character, so I think it’s safe to say that Andre isn’t going to make it to release day.
The interview alluded to returning Resident Evil characters, and you can also expect to meet other survivors in peril. There’s an interesting note in the reddit post that reads “it was originally translated as the game starts off in a zombie outbreak, but that’s not correct, and this is not the opening but a scene later in the game.”
The Gamescom Lantern demo featured a character called Mia, who has a close relationship with Ethan. The demo is indicative of the regular gameplay, with tough enemies.
Then there are the “memory sequences” which I presume refer to the “video tapes and other methods” that you can use to alter the course of events as you play. The enemies aren’t as hard to deal with in these portions of gameplay.
Speaking of enemies, mindless zombie hordes are nowhere to be seen. We’ll be dealing with named characters that stalk you throughout, but the good news is that you can take them on and emerge triumphant. Which means we get weapons.
You’ll start out with some kind of crude weapon, but early on you can swap this out for a knife. Obviously you’re going to struggle to take anyone down in the first few hours with that, but it is possible thanks to the interactive environment that you can use to your advantage. I don’t think this goes as far as Home Alone style booby-traps but enemies can be finished off in this way.
The interview briefly touches on the ghostly aspect of the game, talking about the bayou and a ghost hunt for a mysterious girl spotted in the swamps.
There’s also confirmation that the game is almost done and is on track for January release date. Don’t forget to download the Twilight version of the demo to tide you over until then.
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard is coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One on January 24, 2017.