Capcom has remained fairly tight-lipped about the story in Resident Evil VII: Biohazard (RE7). Fans learned in June the content of the controversial demo (first person view aside, we still don’t know what the hell the dummy finger does) would not appear in the final game. However, we know the Baker family, currently seeking/possibly sacrificing new members it seems, will be a part of the game. Anyone who subscribed to the Resident Evil Ambassador’s Program has received a few tidbits here and there, including a possible use for the dummy finger, and a mysterious coin featured with some familiar healing items. Most recently, however, new details emerged from an unlikely source, the ESRB.
The ESRB, according to their response to IGN, regularly posts reasons on their site for the ratings they hand out. Seems fair. However, when you’re Capcom and you’ve been trying to keep the details of RE7 steeped in mystery, it’s understandable that you would want them to kindly stop spoiling stuff for the fans as soon as possible. Capcom did, in fact, request the rating information be taken down. Thankfully, Gamatsu was also kind enough to grab the details before the ESRB could make them disappear.
According to the rating information, the player will helm, in first-person, a man named Ethan who is searching for his wife in a decaying mansion. (He apparently took that whole “until death do you part” thing pretty seriously). Not only that, but the game will feature a heavy level of gore, including scenes of mutilation — no surprise there, really. Interestingly, the rating details also mention a few weapons that will appear in the game, including every pyromaniac’s favorite tool for wasting evil science experiments out to kill you, a flamethrower.
“This is a survival-horror game in which players assume the role of Ethan, a man searching for his missing wife in a derelict mansion. From a first-person perspective, players explore the environment and use pistols, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws to kill mutant creatures. Combat is accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and exaggerated blood-splatter effects. As players progress through the story, cutscenes can depict instances of gore and intense acts of violence: a character’s arm dismembered by a chainsaw; a man’s leg taken off at the knee with a shovel; a character impaled through the face with a shovel. Some areas also depict mutilated corpses with exposed organs/viscera. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the dialogue.”
Ethan’s name was first revealed in the Gamescom 2016 trailer, which you can see below. It gives a look at the state of the Baker family (not great) and perhaps a first look at the gaming environment.
If that trailer didn’t creep you out, then we have to assume your name is Leon Kennedy. Speaking of which, the current voice actor for our favorite cop turned professional zombie slayer says he has no direct role in RE7. (We will miss your one-liners, Leon). There was speculation the mysterious female voice the player hears over the phone in the attic in the RE7 demo might be Ada Wong, thus sparking discussion over whether Ada might appear or somehow be involved in the actual game. However, Capcom has not confirmed whether the game would actually feature cameos from famous characters from the franchise’s past. We can still hope. Or, maybe it is best Capcom starts the series afresh. After all, does anyone want another Resident Evil 6?
Resident Evil VII: Biohazard is scheduled to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on January 24, 2017.