Resident Evil
"Resident Evil 7" promises horror that can induce nausea. YouTube/Shirrako

“Resident Evil 7” is not due to come out until early next year, but a demo version is already terrorizing game reviewers who may have not expected the VR version to be quite gut-wrenching.

Capcom’s new installment for its famous “Resident Evil” franchise will be available in both VR version and non-VR version. The former is designed to work on Sony’s PlayStation VR headset, which is reportedly arriving on Oct. 13, according to Bloomberg.

Apparently, Capcom is counting on its most successful franchise to lure more players to use the PlayStation VR. After all, the “Resident Evil” series is known to be an effective moneymaker, since it has sold over 69 million copies of previous installments and even earned $900 million through its movie adaptations.

Between the two versions, the VR version is already getting a lot of buzz online, with game reviewers giving their two cents on the gaming experience its demo provides.

Gaming blog Kotaku wrote in its entry about “Resident Evil 7” that the gaming experience was actually disappointing.

“It proved incredibly distracting from the otherwise effective horror teaser, and showed how quickly poor VR implementation can hurt immersion,” a line from the blog post reads.

On the other hand, WorthPlaying pointed out good insights about the game based on its demo version. The site’s review noted that “Resident Evil 7” actually borrowed some of its horror elements from “Amnesia” and “Outlast.”

In addition, the site’s review also singled out that in terms of tone and atmosphere, the demo felt like “The Blair Witch Project” and not something like “Dawn of the Dead.”

As for Engadget, the tech site praised the VR version for being “a sweaty, puke-inducing masterpiece.” And this is what managing corporate officer of development Jun Takeuchi wants to hear from reviewers.

Takuechi even admitted, “A player screaming out in terror is the sweetest music to our ears.” For him, “VR is a perfect match for a horror game.”

In related news, Capcom has revealed that developing the VR version of “Resident Evil 7” involved a lot of money, Video Gamer reported.

In its latest investor Q&A, the Japanese company stated, "Certain things were required in making the game VR-compatible, such as graphic needs that are more complex than before, thus there was an increase in development investment.”

“Resident Evil 7” will officially be released on Jan. 24, 2017.

Check out the gameplay demo walkthrough of the non-VR version below.

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