Resident Evil 7: Biohazard,a is a survival horror video game developed and published by Capcom, released in January 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 (also supports PlayStation VR headset), Xbox One and in May 2018 for the Nintendo Switch in Japan. The ninth major installment in the Resident Evil series, Resident Evil 7 diverges from the more action-oriented Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6, returning to the franchise’s survival horror roots, emphasizing exploration. The player controls Ethan Winters as he searches for his wife in a derelict plantation occupied by an infected family, solving puzzles and fighting enemies. It’s the first main series game to use a first-person view.
Resident Evil 7 is the first full-length game to use Capcom’s in-house RE Engine. The development was led by Koshi Nakanishi, director of the 2012 Nintendo 3DS game Resident Evil: Revelations. A year prior to its announcement at E3 2016,
it was presented as a virtual reality demo called Kitchen. Resident Evil 7 was considered a return to form for the series; critics praised the gameplay, graphics, and design, but criticized the boss battles and the final chapter. As of June 2020, the game has sold over 7.9 million copies worldwide. Two downloadable content scenarios, Not a Hero and End of Zoe, were released. A sequel, titled Resident Evil Village, is scheduled to be released in 2021.