With the game only 5 months away, the ESRB has officially given Resident Evil 7 an official M rating. While that doesn’t come as a surprise to many fans of the series and those who played the Playstation Demo, it is welcoming to see that the game isn’t to to stray too far from it’s roots.
The ESRB has given details as of why the game is rated M, citing unsettling scenes of horror and gore, but also highlighting the game’s basic plot and the fact that combat will be a big factor in the game.
The ESRB details state that the game’s story follows a new character to the series named Ethan, who is looking for his wife in an old mansion that just happens to be home to various monsters and killers. The girl is likely the same protagonist seen in the Gamescom trailer, who was leaving a video for Ethan. Ethan is also said to use various weapons including guns, flamethrowers and a chainsaw to fight off attackers.
Capcom has continued to reassure that combat will still be an aspect of the new Resident Evil game, however no details on how the combat would be handled was ever given for the title, with many worried that the game may be borrowing too much from the First Person Hide-from-everything horror games that has dominated the market.
Here is the statement found on the ESRB page.
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.