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E3 2016 – Resident Evil 7 Not Considered a Reboot, May Include Multiple Stories

Resident Evil 7 biohazard represents the beginning of a new chapter for the iconic horror series. 

That’s according to Capcom, claiming that the 2017 release will herald the “third era” for the franchise and is therefore considered more of a sequel than a reboot.

In development since 2014, Resident Evil 7 is also billed as a focused horror title, swapping the globetrotting scope of Resi 6 for an intimate experience not unlike the Spencer Mansion in Resident Evil 1 and, as previous reports had indicated, effectively circle back to the series’ horror roots. 

Beyond that, don’t expect any QTEs going into biohazard, while the sequel’s Director Koushi Nakanishi recently told Eurogamer that Resi 7 is a far cry from the more action-oriented Umbrella Corps

“The game is survival horror. If anyone out there has a bloodlust for holding a gun, check out Umbrella Corps. We are separating these aspects out into different titles where that gameplay can come to the fore, and makes the most sense for that title. [Resident Evil 7] is not going to be a gun fest.”

With a playable demo already live on PlayStation Store, a listing for the game’s Deluxe Edition teases the addition of multiple stories — if not in the base game, then certainly through DLC content.

Priced at $79.99, Resident Evil 7‘s premium bundle grants access to two content packs, with one featuring “four short side stories” and the second touting an “additional story episode.” Finally, those who opt to pre-order the game will open up the hardest difficulty a little early — exactly how early, though, is yet to be confirmed. 

Resident Evil 7 biohazard is on course to release on January 24, 2017 for PlayStation 4 with full PlayStation VR support to boot. It’ll launch day and date for Xbox One and PC, too. 

[Sources: Eurogamer, ThisGenGaming, PS Store]