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Resident Evil 7 announces Cloud Version for Switch

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In a somewhat surprising move, Capcom and Nintendo have devised a service that allows the amazing Resident Evil 7: Biohazard to work on the Nintendo Switch.

You might be wondering how the developer overcame the storage limit for this version, the answer is pretty creative. You see, the Nintendo Switch has a hard cap on storage of 25 GB without external storage, and Resident Evil 7 weighs in at 24 GB just for the base game. The answer is that Capcom have a release a cloud-compatible version of the game.

This new version is only 45 MB in size, and allows access to the complete game by downloading sections in the background, and then removing unused data from local storage once the player leaves that part of the game. This does mean the version is limited to users with a stable high-speed internet connection though.

The RE7 cloud version also uses a paid pass system instead of buying the game outright. When users download the cloud app, they get access to a demo version of the game for 15 minutes, and when that timer runs out, they’ll have to purchase a 180-day pass to continue playing.

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Check out the trailer for the Cloud Version below.

Resident Evil 7: Cloud Version will come with all the post-launch DLC that released throughout 2017 for the other versions of the game. This means Nintendo Switch owners will be able to check out the End of Zoe expansion, the Chris Redfield DLC, and the other content at no charge.

No confirmation yet on whether users outside Japan will see this version on the Switch, but the only way to find out is to wait and see what sales figures look like. The more money the partnership makes, the more likely they’ll work on an international port.

The Cloud Version of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard launches on May 24 on the Switch eShop. A 180-day pass costs 2,000 Yen, or about $18.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and its various DLCs are available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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