Thanks, ESRB rating!
We don’t know a whole lot about Resident Evil 7 just yet – in spite of Capcom sharing a lot about the game, there is still plenty that’s shrouded in mystery – but the game’s January 2017 release is rapidly approaching, and that means that even without Capcom sharing information themselves, some of it will come to light anyway.
For instance, take Resident Evil 7‘s ESRB listing (via NeoGAF)- it reveals some new information about the game to us. Notably, it reveals the protagonist’s name, as well as his primary motive for doing what he is doing. “This is a survival-horror game in which players assume the role of Ethan, a man searching for his missing wife in a derelict mansion. From a first-person perspective, players explore the environment and use pistols, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws to kill mutant creatures. Combat is accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and exaggerated blood-splatter effects. As players progress through the story, cutscenes can depict instances of gore and intense acts of violence: a character’s arm dismembered by a chainsaw; a man’s leg taken off at the knee with a shovel; a character impaled through the face with a shovel. Some areas also depict mutilated corpses with exposed organs/viscera. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the dialogue,” the rating reads.
Most of that is known stuff already (or at least stuff that we would have expected), but I suppose we do learn some new story details there. That, plus this serves as confirmation of Capcom’s earlier assertion that Resident Evil 7 will have combat, after all.