The latest iteration of the Resident Evil game series is now a part of Microsoft’s Xbox Play Anywhere program. Meaning that users who buy the game on either Xbox One or Windows 10 will get access to both platforms.
The Xbox Play Anywhere program has had its fair share of major game releases such as Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3 in the past, the announcement of Capcom’s Resident Evil 7: Biohazard being in the program, however, is quite big for Microsoft. It will be the first triple-A game on the Xbox Play Anywhere program that’s not published by Microsoft themselves.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 18, 2017
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
The Resident Evil series dropped its original puzzle-solving horror style of gameplay with the release of 2005’s Resident Evil 4. Moving into the more action oriented third person shooter genre while continuing the virus born zombie infestation storylines from before.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, however, is the first title in the series to play in the first person perspective. Switching to a much more realistic graphics engine, a step up from older games’ comparatively poor visuals.
Additionally, it looks like that Capcom is bringing the gameplay back to the series’ horror roots as well, removing much of the action sequences and going back to the more slower and methodical gameplay from the original games along with a spike in the creep factor due to the scarcity of weapons and supplies.
As the game is ditching all the previous characters of the series, players will be controlling the new protagonist Ethan Winters in search of his missing wife, Mia. Subsequently, all the expected horror activities happening in a seemingly run-down mansion owned by the cannibalistic Baker family.
Granted, the Xbox Play Anywhere promotion is only available for the digital copies of Resident Evil 7 on Xbox One and Windows 10. Nevertheless, this is something to keep in mind when choosing which platform to purchase the game on.
Resident Evil: Biohazard will be coming out next week on the 24th of January. Launching simultaneously on the Xbox One, Windows 10, Steam, and PlayStation 4 stores.