Resident Evil 7 is coming to the Nintendo Switch, and it’s not exactly what you’d expect for a port. Released last year, the title is only available via the cloud on Nintendo Switch. While Capcom is stating you can play the game in a variety of Switch setups — docked, handheld, undocked — you’ll need a steady internet connection to do so.

 

 
DLC packs will be included, thus making the game complete with Banned Footage Vol. 1, Banned Footage Vol. 2, End of Zoe, and Not a Hero.

Sounds amazing, right? Well, here’s where a new curveball comes in. Continuing to break industry norms, the game’s pricing structure is more of a rental service. The first 15 minutes of gameplay are free, but then players will be prompted to buy a 180 day service pass. For Japan, it’s currently priced at 2,000 yen (roughly $18.02 as of this article). Save files are also kept on cloud servers, rather than the console itself. On the game’s site, Capcom notes that save files associated with inactive accounts may be purged, too.

As of right now, Resident Evil 7 Cloud Version is slated for release in the Japanese eShop on May 24th. There’s no word if this will be available in other regions at the moment.

Intrigued by this move from Capcom? Will this open the door for other games to be ported to the Switch? We’ll just have to wait and see later this week!

 

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