‘Resident Evil 7’ trailer cuts to the chase, reveals first in-game footage

Capcom released a new trailer Wednesday for its upcoming survival horror sequel Resident Evil 7, giving players an early glimpse at a chase sequence featured in the final product.

The trailer marks the first time that Capcom has shown off actual in-game footage for Resident Evil 7, as previously issued demos and preview material featured content that will not be included in the game’s forthcoming retail release.

Announced at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Resident Evil 7 represents a major shift for Capcom’s decade-spanning survival horror series. In contrast to the action-driven approach adopted by previous Resident Evil games, Resident Evil 7 challenges players to navigate creepy environments from a first-person perspective as they flee their mysterious pursuers.

Capcom followed up on its Resident Evil 7 reveal earlier this year with the launch of Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour, a demo version featuring a unique storyline not found in the upcoming retail release. Beginning Hour finds players alone in an abandoned house, which they must search for items that will aid their escape.

Today’s Resident Evil 7 trailer introduces a different gameplay segment featuring a young woman who is pursued by a threatening figure carrying a lantern. The trailer shows off a number of detailed interior environments before ending with an attempted stealth sequence. It’s likely that Resident Evil 7‘s campaign will feature similar hide-and-seek gameplay throughout, and players can further immerse themselves in the experience via recently announced PlayStation VR support.

Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour fueled online speculation for weeks after its initial launch, and fans have yet to fully uncover the secrets it contained. It remains to be seen whether the new trailer will lead to further discoveries within Beginning Hour.

Resident Evil 7 launches for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PCs via Steam on January 24, 2017.


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