Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’s Storyline and Location Leaked by ESRB

A number of meaty details have been revealed for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, courtesy of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) which updated the game’s listing today.

The upcoming Mature-rated installment is going to have players follow a character named Ethan, as he anxiously explores a “derelict mansion” in search of his missing wife.

This is not the first time that we’re hearing about the lead character. A trailer released at Gamescom 2016 mentioned Ethan by name in what we can now be sure is a message from his wife: “Ethan, if you find this, I know I can’t expect anything from you. I don’t know what happened. There’s so much that you need to know.”

The ESRB description, which has since then been taken down, also specifically mentioned the game to be a “survival-horror” experience in first-person perspective. Players will be able to wield an assortment of weaponry; including pistols, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives, and chainsaws.

According to the listing, the game carries a lot of cutscenes depicting “gore and intense acts of violence.” As examples, it cited a scene where a character’s arm is cut through by a chainsaw and another where a character is impaled through the face with a shovel. Sounds like death scenes for the player, if he/she fails to survive the “mutant creatures” of the mysterious mansion.

Below is the complete description of the game provided by the ESRB:

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.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is slated for an official release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 24.