Is Streaming Resident Evil 7 a Good Move?

According to Capcom, Resident Evil 7 will be released on Thursday for Switch. It is momentarily available only for Japan, but it would be an important addition to the Nintendo console’s third-party library. It costs 2,000 yen ($18) for a 180-day “ticket”, but it will have a free 15-minute demo as well. Unfortunately, there aren’t other language options other than Japanese and it might be a problem with streaming from outside of Japan, lacking access for foreign locations.

It doesn’t run on the Switch hardware at all, but you can play Biohazard 7 Resident Evil Cloud Version by streaming the game from Capcom’s servers to Switch. The Japanese market is a fan of cloud streaming versions. For example, Square Enix’s Dragon Quest X MMO has one for 3DS and smartphones and games such as Final Fantasy XIII or Sega’s Phantasy Star Online 2 have cloud-powered mobile versions. PlayStation Now and GeForce Now offer the same cloud gaming services.

Even if this type of services are commonly used, such an option is not the usual variant for a game as Resident Evil 7. Biohazard 7 Resident Evil Cloud Version has all the game’s DLC and it will presumably have a better graphic in comparison with the endurance of the Switch hardware, but there is a problem with connection. If you want to play it outside, you will have difficulties in maintaining a good connection.

This makes the world wonder why Capcom didn’t add a Switch version of Resident Evil 7 in the first place. The graphical downgrade the workers have to make in order for the game to run in VR is not something that exceeds Switch’s capabilities, but Capcom has already installed Resident Evil: Revelations to the system.

The fact that the game is “restricted” to Japan for the moment makes people believe that Capcom is treating this launch as an experiment.

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