Those in attendance at gamescom 2016 in Cologne, Germany get their hands on a brand new demo for Resident Evil 7, which features a new antagonist named Marguerite Baker.
When it comes to Resident Evil 7, Capcom is keeping its cards close to its chest. So far, very little concrete information is known about the game, and every new trailer released seems to add more questions than answers. However, various outlets have been able to get hands-on sessions with the game's latest demo at gamescom, and while it still doesn't paint a complete picture of what to expect from the game, it does offer some fresh details.
The Resident Evil 7 gamescom demo is similar to the Beginning Hour demo that was released to the public in many ways. For example, it is presented as a found footage tape, and it involves players trying to avoid a dangerous individual roaming a dilapidated house. Instead of the creepy man from the Beginning Hour demo, though, this time players are stalked by a lantern wielding woman by the name of Marguerite Baker.
Marguerite Baker is the wife of the antagonist from the previous demo. In the new demo, players control an ill-fated female protagonist named Mia as she solves Resident Evil-style puzzles and tries to hide from Marguerite. For the most part, it seems as though this new demo is very similar to Beginning Hour in terms of gameplay, except that it seems a bit more straightforward, and doesn't have any random, useless items like the infuriating dummy finger.
That's probably because, unlike the first Resident Evil 7 demo, the contents of this demo will be in the final game. Considering this, it seems as though a common gameplay mechanic will be players reliving the experience of dead characters through VHS tapes, which will perhaps help them solve puzzles and survive in present time.
Of course, that's just speculation based on how Capcom has presented Resident Evil 7's first two gameplay demos. As of the time of this writing, there is still very little concrete information available on the game, except that it will be entirely first-person, it will have PlayStation VR support, and it will feature some traditional Resident Evil items, like green herbs. Otherwise, Capcom is keeping as much of Resident Evil 7 a secret as possible.
Some fans probably prefer Capcom's secretive approach. This way they can go into the experience next year and be genuinely surprised by the plot and gameplay developments that occur. However, with Tokyo Game Show coming up and six months remaining until the game's launch, expect Capcom to reveal at least a little more information on the game, such as a general plot synopsis as well as the identity of the main character.
Resident Evil 7 will be available on January 24th, 2017 for PC, PS4, PlayStation VR, and Xbox One.