Resident Evil 7 is not a reboot, but it is still a sequel, as clarified by the Resident Evil producer Masachika Kawata.
The Resident Evil series has returned to its survival horror roots, that is for sure. While the upcoming Resident Evil could be classified a horror game again, several factors seem to indicate that the 7th numbered title is a Reboot.
Why the new Resident Evil feels like a Reboot
The shift from 3rd person view to 1st person view is the first most noticeable thing in Biohazard 7. Changing the camera view of any game from 3rd person view to 1st person view could affect greatly affect the gameplay. However, this shift could be considered more of a change in game mechanics. It could even be compared to Resident Evil Survivor, or even the Chronicles series to some extent.
Another factor is the type of known enemies present in the game: the ‘Baker family’ and the ‘Molded’. The lack of zombie-like enemies isn’t really a factor, taking into account the other games in the series. Besides, the ‘Molded’ could be considered to fill the role. The ‘Molded’, judging from their appearance, could also be Bio Organic Weapons. The ‘Baker family’ are mostly also affected by some virus or brain parasite. This is as opposed to paranormal means that transformed them into nigh-invulnerable, psychotic hillbillies.
What really seals the deal is that it doesn’t appear to have any connection with the main story. Add to that the lack of presence of any characters from the main series. But what players are seeing right now still isn’t final, and the lore would definitely be tied up with the main story line of the series once the actual game is out.
Masachika Kawata explains why Resident Evil 7 is still a sequel
Here is an excerpt with the current series producer during his interview with Game Informer.
The team certainly looked at a wide range of all kinds of horror, including movies, books, and games. We don’t want to spoil anything, and there wasn’t necessarily one key influence per se. However, one of the strongest influences we can say for this game was actually the original Resident Evil games themselves and wanting to stay true to the franchise, so players are bound to pick up subtle nods and elements throughout the game.
Mr. Masachika Kawata hasn’t exactly stated how the latest game would connect to the story line of the main series. This hints the game might still be connected to the main storyline, but the developers just don’t want to spoil anything at the moment.
The latest Resident Evil is set to launch this January 24, 2017.