Recent years have seen the Resident Evil series progressively leave its creepy survival horror roots behind in favour of gun-fuelled action. But Resident Evil 7 is set to change that, returning to style that doesn't but so much emphasis on shooting. “[Resident Evil 7] is not going to be a gun fest” according to director Koushi Nakanishi.
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Talking to Eurogamer, Nakanishi emphasised that the game is a survival horror, but that the Resident Evil series as a whole will still cater to people looking for action. “If anyone out there has a bloodlust for holding a gun, check out Umbrella Corps," he said. “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.”
As part of the reigning in of gunlust, the main character in Resident Evil 7 will be a “normal person”, rather than the burly hero that Chris Redfield has been in the recent Resi games. And rather than the globe-trotting of the bombastic sixth game, the new Resi will take place in just one location out in the wilderness of Louisiana. Clearly the direction is a lot more grounded and low-key this time.
For more details on Capcom’s new horror direction and how its embracing VR, check out our own Resident Evil 7 interview.