Resident Evil has had its shares of ups and downs over the years, but ever since the disappointing releases of both Operation Raccoon City and Resident Evil 6 in 2012, the franchise has been in serious need of an overhaul. It’s taken a long time, but Capcom is finally set to push the reset button with the release of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, which represents a dramatic shift for the series as a whole. Rather than continue with the action-heavy gameplay and cheesy narratives of more recent entries, RE7 is looking to return the series to its survival horror roots with a more grounded approach to enemy design and a dramatic switch to first-person perspective.
Overall, RE7 is quite different from past mainline Resident Evil games, which could be a source of confusion for lapsed or returning fans alike. While we’ll have to wait to play through the whole game to get a full picture of the many changes Capcom is making, here are the most important things you need to know before playing Resident Evil 7.
New Players Welcome
Resident Evil lore has become increasingly convoluted over the years, especially when you factor in the many spinoff games that exist alongside the mainline entries. Although RE7 does eventually tie into the greater Resident Evil universe in certain ways, Capcom has designed the game to appeal to new and returning players alike, which means that prior knowledge of the series and its 20 years of backstory are not required in order to jump in. As with most long-running franchises, you’ll get more out of the experience if you’re intimately familiar with the lore, but even if you’ve never touched a Resident Evil game before, RE7 is such a dramatic departure that you shouldn’t have any trouble keeping up with what’s going on.