One of the more exciting things to come from E3 last week was Capcom announcing the 7th instalment to the main storyline of Resident Evil franchise. Surprising everyone with the announcement, they also revealed that they were releasing a demo, quizzically entitled “Resident Evil 7: Beginning Hour” effectively immediately.
The demo has been out for a week now, sparking a whole bag load of intrigue and some pretty cool fan art, as well as forums worth of fan theories and predictions as to the directions and themes the game has in store.
Having played for a few hours yesterday with my friends at YouTube Channel Mithaearon, I got to thoroughly explore the world of Beginning Hour. After an extremely tense few playthroughs with multiple endings I concluded, much the same as the rest of the internet, that I had seen all the demo had to offer. I had been spooked by the Tyler Durden subliminal ghost lady, I had found the secret but surprisingly useless axe, and I had fucked around with the space-time continuum through the medium of VHS watching. All playthroughs ended the same; “Welcome to The Family, son”
It seems, however, that Capcom aren’t done with us yet. Despite responding to a few questions, such as whether Resi 7 will be focused on the supernatural (it won’t) or if we’re playing as a S.T.A.R.S member in the demo (we’re not), they are being especially cryptic as to what’s actually going on in the demo, simply stating that no one has “completed “ it yet. This on a superficial level seems fair enough: your objective is to leave the house and so far no one has managed this.
On top of the reveal from YouTuber Maximillian Dood that the Fake Finger item is especially important (he allegedly sourced this info from Capcom themselves), it would seem like there is more to this atmospheric walking sim than meets the bloody, gouged-out eye.
We approached Capcom for comment, but have at the time of writing received no response. Updates as they come in.
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