If you’re a fan of Resident Evil, own a Nintendo Switch and have yet to play Resident Evil 7: biohazard, then Capcom has some great news for you: you’ll soon be able to play the latest entry in the survival horror series on the Switch…provided you live in Japan and are willing to put up with a subscription-based service.
That’s right, in a surprise announcement, Capcom revealed that Resident Evil 7, along with the two add-on DLC’s Banned Footage Vol. 1 and 2, will be arriving on the Nintendo Switch later in May thanks to the Ubitus cloud service via the Nintendo eShop.
Of course, as this is being run on cloud, there are a few things that are worth noting:
- It’s not a one-time purchase. Rather, players will have 180 days of access to the game for 2,000 yen (about $18) before needing to buy another pass.
- Before committing to a purchase, users can play a 15-minute demo for free
- A permanent internet connection is required
- Save data is located on the Cloud server
All in all, Resident Evil 7: biohazard Cloud Version does seem interesting, though one has to question why Capcom opted to not just release the game in the standard format (probably money) when there are other games already present on the Switch which are more demanding — even if they do take a hit in some areas as a result. At the very least, this decision means the otherwise 24 GB package is reduced to a meager 45 MB, saving about 99.84 percent of space (not including the DLC) on a system that only has 25 GB without external memory.
There was no confirmation as to whether Resident Evil 7: biohazard Cloud Version will be coming to the West. It seems unlikely at this point, but it at least as a higher chance of arriving here than a certain other Cloud-based game from Sega which was announced a few months back.
Resident Evil 7: biohazard Cloud Version is due out for the Nintendo Switch on May 24, 2018.
Check out the announcement trailer below: