Streaming-Only Version of ‘Resident Evil 7’ to Appear on Nintendo Switch in Japan

by John Evans

After launching in January of 2017 to a positive critical and fan reception, Capcom’s Resident Evil 7 is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch! But there are a couple of catches…

Variety reports that the game will come to the Nintendo Switch on May 24th, but it won’t be available on physical media, you can’t buy a digital copy of it, it can’t be played without an internet connection, and it’s only available in Japan.

Entitled Resident Evil 7: Cloud Version, the game must be played by streaming it over a high-speed internet connection. Everyone can play the first 15 minutes for free, but after that the game must be “rented” for a 180 day period for 2,000 yen (approximately $17.99 in US dollars). The Switch version will include the complete game including all of the downloadable content which was originally available on other platforms. It will also include Joy-Con support and motion controls.

While this method of gaming seems unusual to American audiences, publishers have been experimenting with cloud versions of games on the Japanese version of the Nintendo Switch in recent months, including Sega’s Phantasy Star Online 2 and Square-Enix’s Dragon Quest X MMO.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on Resident Evil 7: Cloud Version, including news on whether the title comes to American consoles, as soon as it breaks!




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