This week Capcom surprised everyone with the announcement that Resident Evil 7 would be coming to the Nintendo Switch. This came as a bit of a shock, as most would assume the Switch wouldn’t be quite powerful enough to run a game like Resident Evil 7, but Capcom found a way. Titled Resident Evil 7: Cloud Edition, the game runs via a network connection to the cloud. This means the game won’t actually be running natively on the console itself. While this may leave some skeptical, games on services such as PlayStation Now run in a similar fashion and have been shown to play just fine.
This version of the game will also include all the previously released DLC such as Banned Footage Volume 1, Banned Footage Volume 2, End of Zoe and Not a Hero DLC. There is still no word on whether it will run on just TV mode or also on the go, just that it will require a stable high-speed connection. It’s releasing in Japan on May 24. It’ll also be priced at somewhere around 2,000 yen ($20). In addition to the full game, you can play up to 15 minutes of the game for free before having to purchase anything. “Try it before you buy it” is always a nice feature.
There is a weird caveat. The license you are purchasing to play the game is not infinite. It is only good for 180 days after the purchase. This is more than enough time to enjoy the game, but for those that like the idea of permanency, it will be a big turn off. But $20 for the full game and all the DLC is a bit of a budget price, so it doesn’t seem like a bad deal. Also, no word on a US release yet, but it could come at any time, including at the upcoming E3 conference next month.
Brian Cowan loves playing video games, football, Magic, and pretty much anything else that he can use as an excuse to waste time. When he is not doing the above or working, he is usually writing or reading.