Capcom Co. Ltd. this week released the Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour Demo for the Playstation 4 to the Playstation Network.
The demo, which takes place prior the events of Resident Evil 7 and will not be part of the final game, previews the new Isolated View first-person perspective and the horror that awaits in the final game.
In Beginning Hour, the user awakes in an abandoned farmhouse to find a few items, notably a videotape in which two men enter the same home in order to scout the location for a television show. The user controls the cameraman in the video and can manipulate items in the house that seem to affect the same house in current time.
Users can find a key to the backdoor in order to leave the house, or find a fuse which powers a set of stairs that lead to a room with a telephone. Both actions can end the demo but optional items, including an axe and a dummy finger may unlock more clues to the final story.
The graphics engine is solid at 60 frames-per-second. New photorealistic imagery yields increased unease not found in prior titles, with a farmhouse that is creepy, yet oddly ordinary.
The sound engine is excellent and demonstrates a range of creaks and knocks that keep the user on edge from start to finish.
The final game is said to include traditional Resident Evil franchise elements, including herbs, inventory management and puzzles.
In addition, the title will be compatible with Playstation VR.
Resident Evil 7 will be sold Jan. 24, 2017.