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Resident Evil 7 was announced earlier this year at PlayStation’s E3 2016 conference. Taking a step away from the more recent action packed entries into the franchise this new game is going to be taking the series back to its roots in horror.

A couple of days ago Resident Evil 7 was rated by the ESRB who game it an “M for Mature” rating citing Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, and Strong Language as the reasons for this rating. As well as the rating a statement backing up why Resident Evil 7 deserved that rating was also given revealing information about the plot and what players should expect to encounter while playing.

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. 

Shortly after the ESRB page was posted it was taken down.

This rating summary is the first we learn of the main character’s name, Ethan, his motive and what the combat for the game will consist of. After the announcement at E3 a playable demo was released on the PlayStation Store, this demo served to introduce players to the house that seems to be the setting of the game but it is still unknown if the story of the demo is related to the story of the full game in any other way.

Resident Evil 7 will be releasing on the 24th of January 2017 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam. For the PlayStation 4 edition it will also be compatible with the PSVR releasing later this year. If you want to know more about the Resident Evil 7 demo then you can check out our First Impressions.

Are you looking forward to Resident Evil 7? Are you happy the series is going back to its horror roots?


Andrew Stretch

Events Coordinator

I have been playing all kinds of games for as long as I can remember with a particular interest in action adventure and platforming titles. While I am primarily an Xbox gamer I also spend a fair bit of time on the PS4 and on my PC in VR.