Resident Evil 7 will have some interesting naming conventions when it is released in January. During the game?s reveal at Sony?s E3 press conference, you may have noticed the ?Biohazard? subtitle attached to the game.
Resident Evil 7? Biohazard 7?
Biohazard is of course what the Resident Evil franchise is officially known as in Japan. The decision to combine the series? two identities into a single title might seem a little confusing for some, but game producer Masachika Kawata has an explanation.
?As fans may know, the game has been called Biohazard ever since the beginning in Japan, and it?s been called Resident Evil in the West,? explained Kawata on the Capcom-Unity blog. We really want to have the big, impactful feeling of the series being in one place right now, and having one future it?s heading towards. To do that, we brought the two titles together into one with Resident Evil 7 Biohazard. It?s the opposite in Japan, it?s BioHazard 7 Resident Evil.?
So there you have it. The Biohazard subtitle is essentially a symbolic gesture to show how the Resident Evil series is — in Kawata?s words: ?in one place right now.? This honestly feels a little unnecessary, but whatever floats Capcom?s boat.
To learn more about the Resident Evil franchise?s dual identities, you can check out this interesting backstory care of Kotaku. The whole thing basically boils down to Capcom being unable to secure a copyright for the Biohazard name in the United States. With marketing on the US version about to begin, Capcom US hastily came up with the Resident Evil name, a reference to the original game?s mansion setting. ?
Regardless of what you call the franchise, the only thing that matters is January 24, 2017 is ?the date when Resident Evil 7 Biohazard releases on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.