Some of the monsters within Capcom's forthcoming survival-horror title, Resident Evil 7, are what appear to be failed experiments of the Baker family.
Not too long ago, video game publisher and developer Capcom hinted at Resident Evil 7 players having to face supernatural threats in the form of grotesque monsters with a teaser trailer that showed the title's main character briefly encountering what looked like an amalgam of horrible features from past creatures in the series. Now, as the release date for the survival-horror title creeps ever closer, new details about the monsters are surfacing that indicate some of them as being failed experiments of the game's sinister Baker family.
This particular revelation comes from early coverage of Resident Evil 7, with journalists having been given roughly four hours to play through a demo provided to them by Capcom. The creatures are unofficially being dubbed the "Molded," after the lanky, jittery monsters were seen in the basement of the main house making their way from a sub-section of the space called the "processing area."
Although Resident Evil 7's Molded monsters appear to be failed experiments of the Bakers, they are tough customers when it comes to actually being subdued. As a matter of fact, they take several handgun shots to finish off, and with developers insisting that the game is going back to the series' survival horror roots with items such as green herbs returning, ammo will more than likely be scarce. With this being the case, players' aiming abilities will need to be on point.
Early on in Resident Evil 7, there are a slew of about four to five Molded monsters to get past, so those coming across these zombie-like humanoids will need to carefully manage their ammunition. However, this particular action-driven sequence is designed to be an intentional change of pace from the tense exploration aspects of the main portions of the game, so fans might be able to replenish their bullets if they keep their eyes peeled.
While the explanation for the Molded monsters' existence in Resident Evil 7 will certainly interest some fans, a larger question that's undoubtedly looming in their minds is how the creatures coming to be and entire narrative of the seventh installment itself will fit into the story of the series as a whole. While Capcom might be keeping the game's exact plot points a secret, it was recently discovered that RE 7 will use VHS tapes to show flashbacks that should flesh out the tale more fully. However, not much else was revealed in terms of what the video cassettes contain other than their additional functionality to help the protagonist Ethan crack the code of the title's numerous puzzle-solving scenarios.
All things considered, it seems as if Resident Evil 7 is shaping up to be a unique entry in the franchise despite its reliance on older tropes and mechanics from past installments. With any luck, the survival-horror title will be a much-needed shot in the arm for not only the series, but also the genre.
Resident Evil 7 is set to release on January 24, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, and Xbox One.