When a particular game franchise can actually last for decades across numerous platforms and versions, you know for sure that this is one winning formula that needs just a little bit of tweaking to keep up with the times as part of the cash cow scheme. Resident Evil is such a game franchise, and we are pleased to note that it continues to move forward strongly with word that the Resident Evil 7 Beginning Hour demo on the Sony PS4 has surpassed the 2 million downloads a week mark after being released in North America.
GameSpot remarked that "Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour" ended up as the most downloaded single-player PlayStation 4 demo in North America within the first week of its release, while the teaser demo managed to obtain approximately 2 million downloads around the globe. What makes this achievement all the more impressive is the fact that this teaser demo is limited only to PlayStation Plus subscribers.
Also known as Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, which was unveiled at E3 2016 in Los Angeles, California, last month, it has since piqued the interest of many -- as evident by the download records. Needless to say, with the first Resident Evil title hitting the scene a couple of decades ago, nostalgia does play a role in getting back on board to see how the series have changed over the years (as well as which parts of it does it remain faithful to), not to mention getting a new generation of gamers to appreciate the horror survival genre.
Record breaking and impressive figures are one thing, but what really makes a game great as opposed to being good would be the pace of storytelling as well as the story itself. What does Resident Evil 7 Beginning Hour have that makes it so special to PS4 owners? Well, the teaser demo itself has already done a pretty convincing job of capturing the attention of many with its intriguing plot details that involve a slew of unsolved mysteries. They say that curiosity killed the cat, but in this case, it would be humans that would be on the receiving end of some rather gory deaths due to their "need to know".
"Beginning Hour" happens to be Resident Evil 7's prologue. Do take note that it will not be part of the full Resident Evil 7 Biohazard version that will boast of a totally different main protagonist, and with unsolved mysteries within the teaser demo itself, a heightened state of suspense will be achieved, making it rather different from the traditional game demos out there.
Hopefully Capcom and Sony will not disappoint when the final game arrives, and effective marketing for the game is crucial to draw in a new generation of players who have yet to experience the scary effect of throwing up your game controller in shock or fear as a zombie bursts from behind the door suddenly.
PlayStation Lifestyle quoted Capcom in their press release, "We would like to thank all our fans for the feedback and support - the nail-biting exploration and terrifying atmosphere in the demo is just a taste of what can be expected when the game releases on Jan. 24, 2017."
Looks like there is still half a year of waiting left to do, but that is all right. After all, good things do come to those who wait, am I correct?