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Resident Evil 7 plot, gore, weapons and monsters leaked by ESRB

Thanks to the ESRB (opens in new tab) we now have pretty much all the details that matter on Resident Evil 7 (opens in new tab). Obviously: huge spoilers, so I'm going to put Leon having a bad day here to make sure you can't see anything by accident...

The info has been taken down already but the game was still listed on the front page of the site briefly, only with a dead link (unfortunately that disappeared before I could get a grab). Key thing is that it was listed. Here's a shot of the listing before it was taken down: 

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The rating originally stated: 

Content Descriptors: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

Rating Summary: This is a survival-horror game in which players assume the role of Ethan, a man searching for his missing wife in a derelict mansion. From a first-person perspective, players explore the environment and use pistols, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws to kill mutant creatures. Combat is accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and exaggerated blood-splatter effects. As players progress through the story, cutscenes can depict instances of gore and intense acts of violence: a character's arm dismembered by a chainsaw; a man's leg taken off at the knee with a shovel; a character impaled through the face with a shovel. Some areas also depict mutilated corpses with exposed organs/viscera. The words “f*k” and “sh*t” are heard in the dialogue.

The plot seems to tie in with what we already know - the name Ethan is mentioned by Mia, the woman in Resident Evil 7's Lantern demo (opens in new tab). He's named as the person she's making the tape for, not knowing if he'll ever see it. That suggests that she's the missing wife. Capcom has already talked about the as-yet unnamed hero being an ordinary person.

Combat's been another mystery: we knew there would be some, but at the same time it was made clear that we wouldn't get a gun-toting hero blasting away. However, this description does suggest a fair amount of shooting. Although I'm tempted to think more of something like Alien Isolation (opens in new tab), where weapons were almost distractions rather than solutions. 

The gore is also... let's say interesting. 'Intense acts of violent' doesn't sound like it's pulling any punches. Literally. That's also quite a lot of dismemberment and impalement. I'm going to hazard a guess that shovel is someone's signature weapons. Maybe Jack Baker from the original Resident Evil 7 Beginning Hour demo (opens in new tab)

If you're after more info then here's all the Resident Evil 7 details (opens in new tab) I was able to get out of producer Masachika Kawata.  

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Leon Hurley
Leon Hurley

I'm currently GamesRadar's Senior Guides Co-ordinator, which means I've had a hand in producing or writing all of the guide and tips content on the site. I also write reviews, previews and features, and do video. Previously I worked for Kotaku, and the Official PlayStation Magazine and website. I'm a big fan of open world games, horror, and narrative adventures.