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Resident Evil 7 is a VR adventure – demo on PS Plus today

Sony has just revealed Resident Evil 7 at its E3 2016 press conference. It’s playable in VR from beginning to end, with the virtual-reality version exclusive to the PS4.

While the full game will be released on 24 January, a demo is available to PS Plus subscribers right now.

With fans of the series desperate for a return to the series’ classic survival horror roots ever since Resident Evil 4, Capcom has clearly listened and is offering what looks to be one of the scariest games to date. While many loved Resident Evil 5, fewer were enamored with 6, due to its clunky controls and bloated, poorly scripted stories and tedious set pieces.

Now with Resident Evil 6, fans are ready to return to the world of survival horror.

The game’s full title is is Resident Evil: Biohazard. Note that we won’t see further details and trailers until Capcom unveils the game itself.

Resident Evil: Biohazard is set in rural America, shortly after the events of Resident Evil 6. The demo acts as a kind of prologue for the main game that will come out next year.

After teasing us with a return to survival horror and Capcom’s potential in VR with the Kitchen demo, we have now seen the fruits of that labour in the best possible way in the form of Resident Evil 7.

Take a look at the first trailer below, but be warned, it’s incredibly spooky:

The demo is titled Beginning Hour, and has a distinctly P.T. vibe about it. With an as-yet unnamed lead character walking through a run-down, worn-out cottage, beset with bugs and other nasties, we see at the close of the trailer a shuffling zombie walk past a doorway.

Games editor Brett Phipps was at the Sony press conference, here’s his reaction to the unveiling:

“As the trailer began to roll, a guy sat next to me put his head in his hands. I asked if he was ok, and his genuine response was ‘this is too scary for me’. I’ve been a huge fan of Resident Evil ever since I was first introduced to the series as a child. Don’t question my parents’ decision making, just accept that I’ve played the games since I was about six years old and be done with it.

Seeing the franchise back at its horrific best was a delight. Nobody would believe that what we were seeing was Resident Evil, but when the title screen opened the whole room went bonkers. The game may be coming to other platforms, but it’s quite clear from that trailer that, if you want the full experience, you simply have to play it on PlayStation VR.”

Brett will be going hands on with the game at E3 2016, be sure to check out his preview soon.

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