We’re just some days out from the launch of Resident Evil Village. The follow-up to Resident Evil 7 already made an enormous impression on our most recent cover, however we nonetheless took the coverage online, showcasing how upgrades work, giving an environment tour, spotlighting new enemy the Lycan, and diving into how Capcom is balancing action 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 unique survivors of the zombie outbreak in Raccoon Metropolis, Chris Redfield has been there because the starting of the Umbrella Company and the T-Virus’ rampage. A staple of the collection, he’s continued to guard folks by touring the globe to cease the unfold of varied 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 troublesome losses, Chris Redfield has been by means of lots of trauma. The grey in his hair now reveals; he’s put lots of miles on his physique, and who’s to say he hasn’t modified his morals and beliefs alongside the best way? Or, possibly 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 better 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 all the time what they appear, and there should be a cause for Chris’ change of coronary heart.
Capcom confirmed discovering Chris’ true intentions is an enormous a part of Ethan’s journey. “He positively performs a really important function on this sport,” says director Morimasa Sato. “He does this horrific act. One of many massive mysteries as you play by means of 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 means of the years. He is all the time had a tricky exterior and performed the function of the brawn nicely, 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 alternative Resident Evil titles,” Sato says. “It is a type of issues the place we wish to see the character develop. We would like gamers to have the ability to see how he has progressed and provide you with causes or speculations like, ‘Okay, that is why he is modified’ and ‘These are the the reason why he might have accomplished 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 concerning the character. “This title actually faucets extra into the darkish aspect of Chris Redfield, the darker aspect 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.
Do you assume Chris Redfield will seem on the aspect of fine or evil? Tell us within the feedback beneath!