Resident Evil 7 will feature "some" gun combat, producer Masachika Kawata has confirmed, but it won't be the game's main focus.
Speaking to GameSpot, Kawata confirmed that combat does not feature in the game's demo (which is available to download now from PlayStation Store), but it will be present in the final game.
"In the final game, of course, there will be many types of game mechanics including combat, perhaps some gun-play," he said. "One of the things I would like to emphasize about this is that it's not always about going in guns blazing. It might actually be to your advantage to try to run away from combat at certain times, or use items against your enemies in a different way. This is to say that trying to survive the horror, the survival horror, is a key element to Resident Evil 7."
Kawata's comments follow an earlier report on Eurogamer, where Kawata said that fans who had "a bloodlust for holding a gun" should check out Resident Evil spin-off Umbrella Corps.
"We are separating these aspects out into different titles where that gameplay can come to the fore, and makes the most sense for that title," he said. "[Resident Evil 7] is not going to be a gun fest."
Resident Evil 7 is the first numbered game in the series to adopt a new first-person viewpoint, moving away from the franchise's traditional third-person camera. But despite the similarities to Konami's PT, Kawata says that Resident Evil 7 actually entered development before PT's announcement in August 2014.
"I can say that there are no staff on the team now or before that worked on PT at Capcom," he continued to GameSpot. "However, we were actually creating Resident Evil 7 before PT was announced, so when they announced it, it was kind of like, 'Oh, they're doing first-person too?' However, now that we've come this far, we can see that the content of this game is completely different from what the content or the direction that [PT] was moving in. So we just wanted to make a point of that: that they're both in the horror genre, but what you'll actually see at the end of the day is completely new."
Resident Evil 7 releases on PS4, Xbox One and PC on January 24, 2017.