In Resident Evil 7, players will assume the role of a character named Ethan, the game’s Entertainment Software Rating Board description reveals.
As Ethan, players will explore a “derelict mansion” in search of his missing wife.
Ethan’s name was mentioned in the Resident Evil 7 Gamescom 2016 trailer. The trailer opened with a mysterious female character saying, “Ethan, if you find this, I know I can’t expect anything from you. I don’t know what happened. There’s so much that you need to know.”
Here’s the ESRB’s full description:
This is a survival-horror game in which players assume the role of Ethan, a man searching for his missing wife in a derelict mansion. From a first-person perspective, players explore the environment and use pistols, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws to kill mutant creatures. Combat is accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and exaggerated blood-splatter effects. As players progress through the story, cutscenes can depict instances of gore and intense acts of violence: a character’s arm dismembered by a chainsaw; a man’s leg taken off at the knee with a shovel; a character impaled through the face with a shovel. Some areas also depict mutilated corpses with exposed organs/viscera. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the dialogue.