Update 14 June 2016: Capcom have confirmed that Resident Evil 7 will be coming to PC at the same time it's released on PS4. While it does offer a VR experience, it's also compatible with old-fashioned screen setups. Here's what Capcom's presser has to say.
"Set in modern day rural America and taking place after the dramatic events of Resident Evil® 6, players experience the terror directly from the first person perspective. The Resident Evil® 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour demo, also announced today, portrays events leading up to the main game and ties directly into the impactful PlayStation VR “KITCHEN” tech demo first shown at E3 2015. In the new teaser demo, the player awakens inside a dilapidated cottage on an ominous plantation mansion. Can they make it out alive?
Resident Evil 7 embodies the series’ signature gameplay elements of exploration and tense atmosphere that first coined “survival horror” some twenty years ago; meanwhile, a complete refresh of gameplay systems simultaneously propels the survival horror experience to the next level.
Terrifying fans at events across the globe last year, the PlayStation VR “KITCHEN” tech demo was developed utilizing the RE Engine’s VR oriented tools, and is the foundation on which the talented Resident Evil team has crafted the immersive horror experience in Resident Evil 7. Powered by the RE Engine in tandem with industry leading audio and visual technologies, Resident Evil 7 is poised to deliver a disturbingly realistic experience that will define the next era in horror entertainment."
Original post: Capcom have pulled back the curtains on Resident Evil 7 in a rather surprising fashion. Turns out the 'Kitchen' VR demo that's been doing the rounds lately was actually a teaser for Resi. The footage just shown at Sony's E3 2016 conference bears a lot of P.T. comparisons, and very little recognisable Resi DNA. No one's said whether it's coming to PC or not, but we're making a call based on previous series entrants making their way here.
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The footage shown to reveal Resi 7 is entirely first-person VR, and looks much more like Outlast, P.T., and even the Amnesia games than any previous Resident Evils.
It's been announced as a PlayStation VR game so we're expecting at least a period of PS4 exclusivity, but Resi has a way of making it over to PC. With Vive and Oculus gamers here waiting with arms outstretched for full-length VR games, it'd be very surprising if it stayed on PS4 indefinitely.
The game has a January 27 release date.