2019 has been a big year for the Resident Evil franchise, with the critically acclaimed remake of Resident Evil 2 debuting earlier this year and multiplayer spinoff Project Resistance being announced last month. However, it appears the franchise has another big surprise to share in the form of a new prequel to 2017’s Resident Evil 7, although there’s a pretty hefty catch.
Titled Biohazard 7: Walkthrough The Fear, this new game is an immersive VR experience coming exclusively to The Plaza Capcom Ikebukuro store's VR-X booth in Tokyo on October 26. There’s currently no word on whether this experience will make its way to the western market or even the rest of Japan, so for the moment, it looks like it’ll be pretty difficult to access.
What we do know, however, is that Biohazard 7: Walkthrough The Fear will clock in at around 40-minutes in length and will be a multiplayer-focused experience that can be played with 2-4 players. We also know it will focus around the lore of RE7, and take place in Louisiana, the same location the title’s main campaign was based. There will also be a rather prominent returning face, as Jack Baker, one of the villainous trio of family members from Resident Evil 7, will return as the central antagonist. The experience will apparently see the player trapped in a basement with the deranged killer, tasking them with finding weapons and a means of escape.
Resident Evil 7 signalled a big return to prominence for the franchise when it debuted in the early months of 2017, changing the signature over-the-shoulder perspective of previous titles to a first-person view. It definitely has its fair share of non-Tokyo-based fans who will be disappointed to discover it won’t be available on typical VR platforms, especially as the game will supposedly document some of the events prior to protagonist Ethan’s adventure through the Baker family's mansion.
Of course, it’s not as if disappointed fans don’t have another Resident Evil game to look forward to instead. Project Resistance made a big splash at the Tokyo Game Show last month, revealing a diverse and original spin on the franchise by implementing a 1 vs 4 multiplayer structure that sees a handful of survivors take on a player-controlled dungeon master. Between the upcoming release of Project Resistance and a rumoured remake of the third game, it’s evident fans of the series’ won’t be waiting too long to get stuck back into the world of Resident Evil.
Biohazard 7: Walkthrough The Fear will be released on October 26, 2019, at The Plaza Capcom Ikebukuro store in Tokyo, Japan.