Capcom reveals that the gameplay featured in the Resident Evil 7 demo, Resident Evil 7: The Beginning Hour, will not be in the full version of the game.
After scaring everyone witless with the Resident Evil 7 VR experience trailer during Sony’s E3 2016 press conference, it was then revealed that players could download a playable demo in order to further terrify themselves. The teaser, which is officially titled Resident Evil 7: The Beginning Hour, is available for PS4 players with a PlayStation Plus subscription and can be downloaded for free. Unfortunately, despite the teaser being praised by some fans as a "decent appetizer" before the game launches early next year, it has now been revealed that the demo’s gameplay will not feature in the full version.
Capcom, the company behind Resident Evil 7, confirmed this information to Eurogamer. Moreover, the company revealed to the publication that the full version of the game will also star a different playable character to the the man in the demo, and it also said that the full game had been in the works since 2014.
While the company didn’t explain why the demo gameplay won’t be in the full game, it’s possible that Capcom opted to go this route after seeing the success of the Silent Hills P.T demo. Although P.T was designed to be a playable teaser for a new Silent Hill game, its protagonist was unnamed and the information within it was incredibly cryptic.
However, many players still massively enjoyed the teaser which is why they were so upset when the P.T demo was removed from the PlayStation Store and they demanded that the full game be made. Perhaps Capcom is looking to get players invested in Resident Evil 7 on a similar level in the hopes of sales success.
On the other hand, some fans have already expressed their disappointment that the Resident Evil 7 demo isn’t indicative of the full game experience. Resident Evil 6 received incredibly mixed reactions from fans (it even landed a spot on our list of worst video game sequels) and as largely a result of divisive design decisions from Capcom, the series also missed its sales targets. The Resident Evil 7 demo could have been a chance for Capcom to prove that it had taken criticism on board, argue fans, but the fact that the demo is not part of the full game means that doubts about the upcoming game’s quality still remain.
With the release date for Resident Evil 7 still many months away, Capcom does still have some time to release another demo and to convince players that it is doing right by them. However, unfortunately, fans will just have to wait and see.
Resident Evil VII will be available on January 24th, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, and Xbox One.