Capcom has officially announced Resident Evil 7 is headed to the Nintendo Switch. However, the version for Nintendo’s console won’t be a standard port.
The Resident Evil series developer recently unveiled a trailer for the Switch edition of the survival horror game called Resident Evil 7 Cloud Version. As the name suggests, the game will operate through a cloud service and will launch (at least for now) exclusively in Japan on May 24th. Take a look at the trailer below.
In addition to the game, all save files will be stored in the cloud. According to the cloud version’s official site, players will have to download a 45MB file onto their Switch’s and use a stable internet connection to access the game. While the initial download will be free, the game will only be available to play for 15 minutes. Players will then have to purchase an online ticket for ¥2,000 (approximately $18), which will allow access to the cloud-based game for 180 days.
With the ticket, the full base game will be available, as well as the previously released Not a Hero, End of Zoe, and both Banned Footage expansions. The site also warns that inactive saves can be deleted by Capcom, which would likely affect those that only play the first free 15 minutes.
It’s unclear why Capcom decided to take this unconventional approach with the Switch port, especially after producer Masachika Kawata revealed last year there were no plans to bring Resident Evil 7 to the hybrid console. It seems players will essentially be renting the game for 180 days, which might not be the format many Resident Evil fans were hoping for when it came to playing on the Switch.
The announcement didn’t include any information on the cloud version of Resident Evil 7 launching in other regions. Of course, it’s possible that with enough success on Nintendo’s Japanese eShop, the game could expand to new areas soon.
Resident Evil 7 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, with a cloud version launching for Nintendo Switch on May 24th in Japan.