In a short video released over their official YouTube media channel earlier today, Capcom announced that their free DLC for survival horror hit Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has been delayed indefinitely.
The video features RE7 Producer Masachika Kawata and Director Koshi Nakanishi delivering a surprisingly humble apology over the state of the DLC “Not a Hero.” In their announcement the two reveal that, due to the extremely positive reception RE7 had received on its launch, the developers felt that Not a Hero should be of similarly high quality. As a result, Capcom has delayed the free DLC to provide their development team more time to work on it.
Executive Producer of RE7 Jun Takeuchi closes the video with an additional explanation that sheds further light on the decision. “With this title, we tried to both renew RE and return to its roots, and I’m truly grateful for all of your positive feedback,” Takeuchi explains. He also hints in a brief statement that additional DLC is in development before closing with another promise that, regardless of when its released, Capcom aims to meet the high standards set by RE7.
Although delayed releases aren’t exactly unfamiliar in the gaming community, the heartfelt and honest nature of the announcement comes as a pleasant surprise to fans of the franchise. No excuses are offered, nor is any blame thrown around. That Not a Hero has been delayed because the developers want more of a chance to refine it is, if anything, a breath of fresh air in an industry where half-baked ideas and incomplete titles are regularly released only to be abandoned shortly after.