Capcom Justifies Resident Evil 7’s First Person View, Offers ‘Highest Level of Immersion’
Horror games do work best in first person after all.
Resident Evil 7 will be the very first game in the series to use a first person point of view, eschewing the various spins on third person cameras and movement that Capcom have traditionally gone for with the survival horror series. And speaking to GamingBolt in an interview, Series Producer Masachika Kawata explained that the reason for doing this was to enhance immersion and not to make the game difficult.
“I wouldn’t necessarily call it the most difficult Resident Evil game,” Kawata said. “What I will say is I think it is the best camera to offer the highest level of immersion in a survival – horror environment. I think that despite the camera perspective changes, long time fans when they pick up the title they’ll realize that there are elements of familiarity there.”
I do agree with him- immersion is paramount to a survival horror game, and nothing is as immersive as a first person camera done right. Here’s hoping Capcom do it right, and sidestep some of the most common problems associated with them.