Resident Evil 7 is shaping up to be a return to form for the franchise. The Beginning Hour demo which was released on the PlayStation Store is very creepy and certainly indicates the new game won’t mess around when it comes to scares.
One aspect that did seem absent from the demo was combat. The Resident Evil series is known for its combat and, whilst it went overboard in Resident Evil 6, it would be strange for a Resident Evil game not to allow players to defend themselves in some way.
In an interview with Metro GameCentral, Resident Evil 7’s producer, Masachika Kawata stated that combat will definitely be in the final game but that what we’ve seen of the game so far is more about setting the tone.
“Combat is obviously something that’s really important in a Resident Evil game, we’re just kind of showing a little bit at a time with different aspects. Beginning Hour was really just the feeling of atmosphere and exploration, which is another classic Resident Evil element, and now you’ve been able to see a little bit more of the fear of escape from an enemy. And also we’ve had a little bit of puzzle element in it,” he said.
“So we’re taking it one step at a time here,” he added. “Some people have got the impression that combat is missing from this game, because of the content we’ve shown so far, but actually combat is definitely in there. The main character is not one of these gun-toting heroes that we’ve sort of gone towards in the recent entries. It’s very much a normal person, a normal guy who’s put in an extreme situation and has to survive.
“And we’re going to be showing off some more around that, but for the time being we haven’t got around to that yet. But rest assured we know what people want from Resident Evil: it’s exploration, puzzle-solving, managing limited resources, and combat in a horrifying situation. And you know, we’re gonna get there.”
It looks like combat certainly hasn’t been forgotten, Capcom is simply taking its time when it comes to showing us what to expect from the game. No doubt we’ll see more of the game’s mechanics soon.
Resident Evil 7 is due to be released on January 24 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.