Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is one of 2017’s best games so far and is a major reinvention for the long-running franchise. The game was first teased at E3 2016, with a short playable demo named Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour.
The game’s now out, and you can read our Resident Evil 7 review to find out what we thought. But if you want to see the game’s trailers and read the latest news about the DLC, you’re in the right place.
Not A Hero is a free DLC expected on 12 December, and Capcom has released a new trailer for it at TGS that we have embedded further down this page. Jump straight to Not A Hero news.
Release date and deals
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard was released on 24 January 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, and the whole game is playable on PlayStation VR too.
At the time of writing, you can order it from Amazon for £31.95 on PC and £41.79 on PS4 and Xbox One, while Game has it for slightly more at £34.99 for PC, and £42.99 for console. Game also has a special steelbook edition of the game for PS4 and Xbox One, which it’s selling for £54.99, and comes with a steelbook case along with a selection of in-game items.
Resident Evil 7 is also the first major third-party game to be part of Microsoft’s Play Anywhere scheme, which means players who buy it for Xbox One can also play it for free on PC, and vice versa, with all of their save data seamlessly synced between the two.
It’s worth noting though that this only applies to digital purchases made through the official Xbox Store or Xbox Store codes bought at other retailers, like Amazon – if you buy a physical copy, or purchase it through Steam for PC, Play Anywhere won’t work.
What is gameplay like?
Here’s a gameplay trailer released in August 2016:
The game is a progression from Resident Evil 6, with it being set in the modern day. The new game doesn’t feature the powerful, well-armed main characters previous Resident Evil games possessed. The game is set in a ‘derelict plantation mansion in rural America‘, where you’ll have to explore and survive.
After its E3 announcement, Sony released a demo titled Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour for PS4 players only. That demo has since been updated twice, and the final version, Resident Evil 7: Midnight, has added puzzles and areas to explore. The demo is also now available to PC players, and anyone with a PS VR headset.
In an interview with Gamespot, producer Masachika Kawata explained the changes in viewpoint. He stated that the game will try to regenerate Resident Evil games with the more engaging and frightening first-person view. He also stated that he wants the game to be treated as a B-rank horror game, rather than a triple-A game.
In order to differentiate itself from current horror indie games, the game is also compatible with PS VR, allowing people with the PlayStation VR headset to use it and have a more immersive experience – frightening to say the least.
We discussed our impressions of Resident Evil 7 after playing the game for a few days on the UK Tech Weekly podcast. You can listen to that right here, with the discussion of Resident Evil kicking off around the 25-minute mark.
Capcom has confirmed a selection of downloadable content for Resident Evil 7, with the first two releases out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Banned Footage Vol. 1 launched on 31 January 2017 on PS4, and includes three main components: a locked room puzzle called ‘Bedroom’, a wave-based survival mode called ‘Nightmare’, and a new, more challenging game mode called ‘Ethan Must Die’. It costs £7.99 in the UK.
Just a couple weeks later, 14 February 2017 (aka Valentine’s Day) brought with it Banned Footage Vol. 2, which includes another two sections of content (’21’ and ‘Daughters’) and a rather odd-sounding new game mode called ‘Jack’s 55th Birthday’, which tasks you with feeding Jack food against the clock. Yeah, we’re not sure either. That costs £11.99.
Both volumes of Banned Footage arrived on PC and Xbox One on 21 February 2017, so not too long after the PS4, and cost the same. You can watch a trailer for both volumes right here if you want to see the new content in action:
Further down the line, there will also be an additional story episode sold separately, though Capcom hasn’t yet announced how much that will cost, or when it will come out. You can buy all three pieces of paid DLC through the season pass bundle however, which currently costs £24.99 on the PlayStation store.
Finally, if you’re not looking to splash any cash on DLC, there is some good news. There’ll be one piece of free DLC, a story episode titled ‘Not A Hero’. It was due in Spring 2017, but in April Capcom announced that it had been delayed, apologising and explaining that the devs needed more team to make sure the DLC met the “high expectations” set by the main game. It is now expected on 12 December.
Previously all we knew is that it would star franchise favourite Chris Redfield, something we’d been expecting for a while.
The DLC is set at the end of the Resident Evil 7 campaign, but features a different storyline with new zombies and ghouls to eliminate.
At TGS in September Capcom revealed a new trailer for the upcoming DLC:
Warning, these videos might contain disturbing scenes.
Resident Evil 7 biohazard TAPE-1 “Desolation”
Resident Evil 7 biohazard TAPE-2 “The Bakers”
Resident Evil 7 biohazard TAPE-3 “Resident Evil”