The good news about Resident Evil 7, officially named Resident Evil 7 biohazard in the west, just keeps rolling in. Capcom’s brand new take on their long-running horror franchise looks to completely revamp the series. It seems like they might be throwing the baby out with the bath water, but in the case of Resident Evil, the baby was getting kind of ugly.
One of the things going out the window are those infernal quick time events that Resident Evil 4 introduced. As much as I adore that game, that was its worst contribution to the series, and somehow the only thing that stuck around through all the different games that would follow.
“There will be no Quick Time Events in Resident Evil 7,” said producer Masachika Kawata in an interview on the Capcom Unity blog.
In the interview, he and director Koshi Nakanishi go into some of the bigger questions fans have had about the game.
“It’s not a reboot, and we’re not throwing away the series’ canonical storyline,” said Nakanishi. “It’s the new numbered title in the series and it’s a sequel to the existing mainline series titles.”
People wonder how this first person horror game could be connected, though, according to Nakanishi, “that’s part of the appeal.”
Kawata talks about how the series has featured these more and more powerful “superhero characters” that are fully prepared to take on the situations they’re presented with. Since the team decided they wanted to ground things and go into a first person perspective, putting you in the shoes of a regular person seemed to be a much better fit.
The setting matches that, as well. Kawata said in the interview that instead of having a huge set of environments, they’d rather focus on making one environment more detailed, and calls back to the original Resident Evil game as proof of Capcom’s expertise in making a game work within a single location.
It seems like the team working on the game has their heads on straight this time around and has the support of the bigger company. Discarding stuff like quick time events and focusing in on the basics of telling a horror story are good signs.
Resident Evil 7 hits PC, PlayStation 4 (and PSVR), and Xbox One on January 24, 2017.