Resident Evil 7 is Coming to Switch in Japan, in The Weirdest Way Possible

By Laura Kate Dale on at

If you're a big fan of Resident Evil games, and were hoping to play the series' most recent first person house horror entry on your Switch, today we have some very weird news for you. Resident Evil 7 is coming to Switch in Japan – but with some strange caveats.

If you currently check the Japanese eShop, you'll see that Biohazard 7 Resident Evil Cloud Version is stated to come out on Switch on May 24th. That "cloud version" bit is important, because the game will not actually be running on the Switch hardware. Much like playing games on PS Now on the PS4, Resident Evil 7 will actually be running on Capcom-operated hardware, and streamed from its servers over to your Switch. You'll need a strong internet connection, but you'll be able to play the game on Nintendo's hardware.

This does of course mean that you won't be able to load the game up on your Switch to play on a flight or somewhere without an internet connection. If you've got really great 4G data you might conceivably be able to play Resident Evil 7 outside of your house on tethered data in handheld mode, but it seems like this will be a primarily at-home experience. With a good internet connection it should look better than most Switch games are capable of, but playing on the move is one of the key selling points of most games getting Switch ports.

On top of this, you don't actually get to own a copy of the game, you merely rent one. The game can be rented for 180 days, costing 2,000 Yen, which works out as around £13.50. That's approximately six months' rental to stream the game, presumably so Capcom don't have to pay for servers once people stop playing, which comes with access to all DLC and bonus content.

With E3 right around the corner, we can likely expect to know in the coming weeks whether or not the UK is getting a similar option to play the game. The idea of the Switch getting ports it otherwise wouldn't be able to support is interesting, but Switch ports that can't be played on the go do somewhat disrupt the unique appeal of the system.