Resident Evil 7: Biohazard’s First Paid DLC Packs Don’t Fully Support PS VR

by David Jagneaux • January 24th, 2017

Last week we reported on the news that Resident Evil 7: Biohazard [Review: 9/10] would be receiving paid DLC packs and a Season Pass. Today, Sony revealed the details on those DLC packs known as Banned Footage Vol. 1 and Banned Footage Vol. 2. Later on this Spring, a narrative-based DLC will also release for free by the name of Not a Hero, but that isn’t detailed at this time.

In the announcement Sony outlined what each of the Banned Footage volumes will include, but it’s a bit of a mixed bag for PS VR fans since neither of the new game modes will support PS VR play. Banned Footage Vol. 1 will release next week on January 31st for $9.99 if purchased separately and includes two VHS tapes that you watch with the in-game VCRs, as well as a brand new game mode:

  • Bedroom: Figure out how to escape from a locked room — but don’t let Marguerite Baker know you’ve been out of bed.
  • Nightmare: Fend off waves of enemies and survive until morning while crafting useful items and traps to stay alive.
  • Extra Mode: Ethan Must Die: A tough-as-nails mode separate from the tapes and story of the main game. (Does not support PS VR).

Banned Footage Vol. 2 will release a couple of weeks later on February 14th for $14.99 if purchased separately and will also include two new tapes and one new mode:

  • 21: Gamble life and limb in a deadly game run by Lucas Baker.
  • Daughters: See what the Baker family was like before the tragic events of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
  • Extra Mode: Jack’s 55th Birthday: Race against the clock and feed Jack tons of food in this comical extra game mode separate from the tapes and story of the main game. (Does not support PS VR)

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It’s disappointing that the new game modes will not feature PS VR support, but hopefully that will be added later. This raises the question we’ve been wondering for a few weeks now following the closure of Guerilla Cambridge: Is Sony pulling away from the PS VR?

Four new tapes of content sounds great, especially considering both Nightmare and 21 seem to feature more replayability than the game’s existing content based on these descriptions, but VR players are missing out on the meatiest portions of each DLC pack, the new game modes, which does hinder the value of the volumes for those players.

However if those sound good to you and you don’t mind playing the new game modes outside of VR, then we’d recommend buying the bundled Season Pass which will grant access to both Banned Footage volumes for the price of $29.99. At that price, you should theoretically also get more paid content later down the line as well included, overall saving you a bit of money in the long run. The DLC will be first available on PS4 and PS VR one the dates listed above, with Xbox One and PC releases coming later.

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