Resident Evil 7 is still a few weeks out and while many people have experienced the demo and there have been quite a few different trailers released so far, details on exactly what the story is focused on have not been revealed by Capcom as of yet. While this is great as far as spoilers go, today, Capcom released a trailer named “Welcome Home” that confirms a lot of suspicions I’ve had since the first reveal of the logo. I don’t believe this will play out as a sequel involving our beloved characters any more, I believe RE7 may just be a reboot.
While this may sound completely out of left field, I would like to present some evidence possibly proving my point. To begin, some fans have shown extreme distaste for the recent main series titles which will always cause a company to reconsider their direction. What they did with RE6 was almost test the audience and, unsurprisingly, everyone enjoyed Leon’s slower more RE4 style campaign over the others. To Capcom, no matter how they planned RE7 to go, they had to take this into consideration.
Second, the logo is very much an odd duck when they could have made it distinctly different to make sure there was no brand confusion between this and the two other titles out there. However, they made a distinct marketing choice to make the VII disappear into the letters so it reads Resident Evil. To anyone who was just glancing or didn’t know there were seven games in the series, that’s exactly how they would see it. That was a deliberate choice if I’ve ever seen one.
Finally, and maybe the most important part, the music that plays during the main hall scene in the Resident Evil remake is actually the music heard throughout this whole trailer. While it would be easy to say “it’s cheap to reuse”, more than likely this was yet another deliberate choice. Resident Evil 7 once again sees players entering a sinister mansion where evil forces are at play. While that isn’t identical to the original game, the musical choice brings out an immediate nostalgia for the viewers and gives that association to the game.
But how are we so close to launch and just now realizing this may be a reboot? How did they sneak this in so well. Well as much as I’d like to say it isn’t, consider the way reboots work nowadays. Instead of making games that have numbers, we just re-brand the original. In cases like 2016’s DOOM, instead of calling it DOOM 4, Bethesda branded it DOOM and, it was extremely successful. Another game that could have been a numbered sequel but since it was led by a different team and took another direction was DMC Devil May Cry which (even though people said they didn’t like it) was an amazing entry into the series.
Only time will tell if Resident Evil 7 proves whether it will be a continuation of the decades old story or actually a reboot, but in this modest journalist’s opinion, prepare for a brand new direction for the series. Which may even mean we’ll see a revamped Wesker if they decide to break canon completely!
Andron (or Ace as he likes to call himself) is the so called "Head Honcho" of Bombchu.com. He has a deep passion for video games primarily RPGs, Fighting or Adventure. When not gaming, he's furiously typing on his keyboard or coming up with new schemes.