We’re just some days out from the launch of Resident Evil Village. The follow-up to Resident Evil 7 already made a giant impression on our most up-to-date cowl, however we nonetheless took the protection on-line, showcasing how upgrades work, giving an atmosphere tour, spotlighting new enemy the Lycan, and diving into how Capcom is balancing motion and horror. Nonetheless, one factor we haven’t mentioned in additional depth is the story and the function a sure iconic character performs in it.
As one of many authentic survivors of the zombie outbreak in Raccoon Metropolis, Chris Redfield has been there for the reason that starting of the Umbrella Company and the T-Virus’ rampage. A staple of the collection, he’s continued to guard individuals by touring the globe to cease the unfold of assorted bioweapons, rising in each energy and know-how. Nonetheless, that doesn’t imply this all hasn’t taken a toll on the person. After witnessing horrific occasions and coping with tough losses, Chris Redfield has been by quite a lot of trauma. The grey in his hair now reveals; he’s put quite a lot of miles on his physique, and who’s to say he hasn’t modified his morals and beliefs alongside the best way? Or, perhaps the larger query is, what would make him achieve this?
Capcom is teasing a really totally different function than we’re used to for Chris in Resident Evil Village, making him seem extra heartless and evil. Trailers confirmed him killing protagonist Ethan Winters’ spouse and kidnapping his daughter, leaving followers to surprise if Chris had fallen off the deep finish. Or was he merely doing what he believed was for the higher good? It’s an enormous flip for Chris, who initially rescued Ethan and Mia from the Baker plantation. However as we all know within the Resident Evil world, issues aren’t at all times what they appear, and there should be a motive for Chris’ change of coronary heart.
Capcom confirmed discovering Chris’ true intentions is a giant a part of Ethan’s journey. “He undoubtedly performs a really important function on this sport,” says director Morimasa Sato. “He does this horrific act. One of many huge mysteries as you play by the sport is, ‘Why did he do this?’ He has a pivotal function in one of many main mysteries within the sport.”
That is additionally the chance for us to see how Chris has grown by the years. He is at all times had a troublesome exterior and performed the function of the brawn effectively, however Capcom sees potential in going past that and altering our notion of him. “He’s a personality that has appeared so many instances, in so many various Resident Evil titles,” Sato says. “It is a type of issues the place we wish to see the character develop. We wish gamers to have the ability to see how he has progressed and give you causes or speculations like, ‘Okay, because of this he is modified’ and ‘These are the the reason why he might have completed the issues that he is doing now.’”
Once we straight-up requested Capcom if Chris is the villain of this sport, the response was telling and has us intrigued for what Village will reveal in regards to the character. “This title actually faucets extra into the darkish facet of Chris Redfield, the darker facet of who he’s,” Sato confirms.
That feels like a reasonably good match for a horror sport to us, and we’re curious simply how far a “darker” Chris will go. Fortunately, we received’t have to attend an excessive amount of longer to seek out out with Resident Evil Village hitting on Friday.
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