Announced at PlayStation’s E3 2016 press conference, Resident Evil 7 is coming out in early 2017. The title comes with support for PlayStation VR. In fact, it is fully playable, from start to finish, in VR.
It was a huge surprise to see Resident Evil 7 and they say the game is going back to its roots. However, going back to the roots in VR costs extra money. Developing a VR game raised development cost, according to Capcom.
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.
Capcom assured investors that due to its development tools the overall cost was kept to a minimum.
We believe we have succeeded in optimizing our development process via fundamental technologies including our 3D scanning system, lighting and shading, which allowed us to minimize additional costs while achieving high-quality development.
VR market is still growing and with time we’ll see development tools improve. As a result, costs will come down and would easily be kept under control.
Not only development costs but designs would need to be improved as well. PlayStation VR version of Resident Evil 7 was available for demo at E3 2016. Early impressions showed that players felt sick and nauseated. However, Capcom is working towards a fix before the final build is out.
Resident Evil 7 will release on PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR and other unannounced platforms.