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Resident Evil 7 coming to Nintendo Switch — but just in Japan for now

‘Cloud version’ means users don’t have to install the whole game

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is coming to Nintendo Switch at the end of the week — with some conditions attached. It’s in Japan only for now, and it’s apparently just a digital release.

The trailer above, for the survival horror franchise’s official YouTube account in Japan, bills it as the “cloud version” of the game, and that it’s launching May 24. It’s officially titled Biohazard 7: Resident Evil Cloud Version over there, which means users only have to install a 45 MB file on their Switch hard drive but of course need an in Internet connection to play the whole game..

Nintendo Everything reported that the cloud version offers a 15-minute free trial that then requires ¥2,000 (about $18) to play further. But the game only has a listing on the Nintendo eShop in Japan and only Japanese language is supported.

The version includes all of the game’s downloadable content extensions — Banned Footage Volume 1 and 2, End of Zoe, and Not a Hero. Resident Evil 7 originally launched in January 2017 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

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