In a Q&A published on its official blog, Capcom revealed a few new details about the upcoming Resident Evil 7, which was greatly praised by players and critics, despite a recent past very shady, thanks to the demo released after Sony’s E3 2016 press conference.
According to its producer, Resident Evil 7 is not a reboot as many thought but happens a few years after the events described in Resident Evil 6. It also has a brand new protagonist and its setting is southern Europe (likely Spain).
“It’s not a reboot and we’re not throwing away the series’ canonical storyline. It’s the new numbered title in the series and it’s a sequel to the existing mainline series titles. After I say that and you try the demo, you may say “Really?”, because it looks nothing like any of that, but trust me. We need to have a bit of mystery in survival horror, so we’re trying to make you wonder when you play it how could this possibly be connected? That’s part of the appeal.”
In addition to this, Masachika Kawat also confirmed that there will be no quick time events (QTEs) in Resident Evil 7. Here is what Masachika Kawata said about QTEs in Resident Evil 7:
“I know there are a lot of people who will be relieved to hear that. In the 20 year history of Resident Evil, you know that the key pillars of the game are fear and horror, exploration of the environment, puzzle-solving elements, resource management, and combat against enemies…Those are all in this game, but we wanted to start off with the first two — horror and exploration — and get you experiencing those two pillars up front. If you’re thinking that because those other elements aren’t in the demo, that they won’t be in the game, that’s not the case. We’re focusing up front about the message of horror coming home in this demo.”
Resident Evil 7 is also going to fully support PlayStation VR when it releases on January 24. It’s not a PS4 exclusive, since it’s also launching for PC and Xbox One.