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Resident Evil 7 has a blood-scented candle to enhance VR

by Eric Frederiksen | January 6, 2017January 6, 2017 6:30 am PST


Virtual reality is all about that magical sense of presence. Making you feel like you’re really there in space or wherever. Good head tracking and motion controls have gone a long way toward making that happen, but even if your eyes think you’re there, your nose knows otherwise. When it comes to Resident Evil 7, though, Capcom has your back.

Available soon via Merchoid is the officially licensed “Resident Evil 7: Blood, Sweat, and Fears 4D VR Candle.” The creators say the candle smells like “old timber, leather, and maybe some blood.”

Paired with the sight and movement of Resident Evil 7‘s PlayStation VR-powered virtual reality component, Merchoid and Capcom think the candle might be the “definitive way to experience the game.”

What? This one’s not for me.

I’m used to games being accompanied by or licensed to sell dumb tchotchkes. I even own some of those dumb tchotchkes. This particular bit of licensing, though, might be the very dumbest yet, somewhere along the lines of “what if we went out in the woods and threw rocks at each other.”

When I’m going to essentially blindfold myself, isolate myself with headphones, wave my arms around, and subject myself to media literally designed to make me jump and scream, fire seems like the last thing I’d want nearby. Maybe a Glade Plug-In would work better.

Not to mention the scent of blood permeating my living space. Maybe it’s just me, though.

Enhancing a virtual reality experience by trying to engage other senses is a great idea, but at almost $20, this is an expensive way to do it, even if the candle lasts as much as 20 hours according to retailer Merchoid. There’s a reason Smell-o-Vision never made it big.

If you want to smell the official smell of Resident Evil 7, though, it’ll be available on Merchoid’s Resident Evil landing page starting on January 20. As for the game itself, Resident Evil 7 hits PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, and Xbox One on January 24.


Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...