Earlier today, it was announced that Capcom’s Resident Evil 7 is coming to Nintendo Switch. However, it isn’t in a way that many would have thought. This port has caused quite a bit of controversy among the gaming community.


Capcom announced that Resident Evil 7 will be available in Japan through the cloud. The game will only be available to stream with no physical release planned. Not only this but it is also for a rental period of 180 days. In addition to this, a demo of 15 minutes will be available for testing.

The rental will cost 2,000 yen or $20. It will also include all available DLC for no additional fee. There has been no word whether or not this will come to the West.  As of right now, this is set to be a Japan-only exclusive. Resident Evil 7 was very well received and garnered a few nominations at the 2017 Game Awards. The game should eventually find its way to Western Nintendo systems.

The stream will presumably help to make this game look a lot better than a normal Switch game would. This is because it will be streaming from high-end PCs. The premise of streaming has caused quite a bit of backlash from users. Many stating how this goes against the Nintendo Switch’s main selling point, its portability. Only users with a strong wifi connection or those at home will be able to enjoy this.

Capcom has shown its support for the Nintendo Switch very strongly. With upcoming releases of Okami HD, Mega Man Legacy Collection, and Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, the publisher has not been shy about porting games over. They even announced that Ace Attorney will be coming at some point. It was only a matter of time that Resident Evil 7 found its way onto the system, even if it is only through streaming.

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