In Japan there have been several releases for the Switch that stream to the system via Wi-Fi. Previous titles include Phantasy Star Online and Dragon Quest X. Now, Capcom is dabbling with this idea by bringing Resident Evil 7 Cloud Version to Switch this week (May 24). How’s that for a surprise launch?
How this works is that users will download a 45MB file to their Switch and then the game will stream via the internet to the system. So you have to be connected to the internet to play this game. Players will be able to play the entire game plus DLC, such as Banned Footage 1&2, End of Zoe and Not a Hero.
Resident Evil 7 can be played for 15 minutes for free. To continue, gamers will need to fork over 2000 yen (about $20) which lasts for 180 days. In other words, with this model in place you’ll never truly “own” the game and it’s more like a rental. No word on this coming to the U.S. at this time.
While I do give props to Capcom for trying something new, and the pricing seems rather reasonable, I don’t like the idea of not owning the game. Plus, the very hybrid nature of the Switch makes me question the decision to release a game that requires internet to play. That means I can’t play it on the go without a hotspot, which sort of takes the novelty of the Switch and throws it out the window. What do you think? Leave us a comment below!
[Source: Nintendo Everything]