According to Nintendo Everything, it’s called the Cloud Version because the game plays via the cloud, with a required download of only 45 MB. As such, you will need an internet connection to play this version of the game. Nintendo Everything added that you can play the game for up to 15 minutes for free, but after that, you have to pay ¥2,000 (~$18 USD) for a “ticket” that lets you play for 180 days.
The Cloud Version includes the base game, along with the Banned Footage Volume 1-2, End of Zoe, and Not a Hero expansions. You can check out the first trailer embedded above.
Resident Evil 7 launched in January 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC to critical acclaim, with reviewers praising its atmosphere, appearance, and narrative. Over the past year, it’s also done well commercially: Capcom revealed recently that the game has passed 5.1 million copies sold.
These are very good numbers for the game, but it’s worth noting that Resident Evil 7 has currently sold fewer copies than any other mainline Resident Evil game besides Resident Evil 3, according to data compiled by the Resident Evil fan wiki. The previous instalment in the series, Resident Evil 6, has sold close to 10 million units since its launch in 2012.
As of yet, Capcom has not said if Resident Evil 7 is headed to Switch in other parts of the world, and if so, if it will have the same cloud-based structure. Keep checking back for more.
This announcement comes just a few weeks before E3 2018, where more game announcements for Nintendo Switch and many other platforms are expected.