“Resident Evil 7” is slated to be released in January 2017 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the PC, but it looks like its virtual reality mode will only be playable via the PlayStation VR for its first year. A new advertisement has surfaced online showing that the game will a PS VR-exclusive for one year.
The ad for “Resident Evil 7” was first published on Facebook and is now being shared on Reddit. It clearly shows in the bottom that the game is “exclusive to PlayStation VR for 12 months.” This will surely be a disappointment for PC gamers who wish to play the game using the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive. At least for now it looks like it will be a timed exclusive which means there’s a possibility that it will be available on other VR formats by early 2018.
“‘Resident Evil 7’ Biohazard will be available for the PlayStation VR at launch on 24th January 2017,” a Capcom representative told PC Gamer. “Capcom has not confirmed any other VR formats at this time.” The released statement may also suggest that Capcom might not have any plans to bring the game to other VR platforms at all.
This may just be Sony’s plan to make sure that the PlayStation VR will have a decent library of games while also catching the eyes of consumers by offering them exclusive titles. Sony is facing tight competition with other more powerful VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, and the company may be trying to overtake the competition by offering sought-after exclusives rather than delivering a high-end virtual reality experience.
This timed exclusive is only for the virtual reality version of the game, but the regular version of “Resident Evil 7” will still be playable on the Xbox One and the PC. Both the PS VR and regular version of the game are scheduled to be released on Jan. 24, 2017.
Speaking of timed exclusives, an ad for “Batman Arkham VR” also popped up on Facebook recently, stating that it will be exclusive to the PlayStation VR until March 31, 2017, according to Kotaku. The game is scheduled to be released next week on Oct. 13, the same date when the PS VR is slated to start shipping to customers.