One of the most significant surprises in Resident Evil 7 was the return of the series regular character Chris Redfield. Despite Capcom titling the latest entry in the survival horror franchise as a sequel, the game itself mostly felt like a reboot in terms of gameplay and story, and the changes extended to Chris’ in-game look, as well. In response to the redesign, fans started passing around theories questioning if Resident Evil 7‘s Chris is indeed same character we know, or instead an impostor of some kind, with mysterious character Hunk being a likely candidate. Comments from Capcom shot down that possibility earlier in the year, but a new trailer for the game’s upcoming Chris-centric Not a Hero DLC seems to bring it back to life—assuming it’s not all just a clever joke.
In an unlisted trailer on the Resident Evil YouTube channel, seen below, Pete from Resident Evil 7‘s fictional show, Sewer Gators, questions the return of Redfield. The evidence he provides, which echoes the points raised by players, is covered between footage of the gameplay from the upcoming DLC. For one, Chris looks extremely different from the character players used in Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6, as the muscled hero is now more trim and looks less like the Hulk. Also, Chris appears to be working for Umbrella, which, as Pete points out, was Chris’ greatest enemy in the series and supposed to be disbanded back in Resident Evil 4.
Capcom has served up precisely what fans have been thinking about Redfield, but there’s a specific choice in the trailer that hints the developer is poking fun at the theories, instead of backing them up. Pete holds up a photo of the hulking Chris to compare to what players see now, but before we can get a good look, the footage cuts to the release date for Not a Hero. It’s likely Capcom is having fun with fans obsessed with Chris’ updated look and reminding them to focus on the new direction of the series. It’s a fair jab, as Chris has undergone changes throughout the series already, so another revamp isn’t out of the question.
Of course, the new video could also be some sort of triple bluff, poking fun at the theory to make players believe the old Chris is gone, only to then have them learn the Redfield working for Umbrella is, indeed, an impostor. Whether or not the fan theories end up being right, Capcom has made a wise choice placing mystery around Not a Hero to keep Resident Evil 7 on players’ radar. We should learn more about Chris’ new place in the franchise and the possibility of more sequels in the future when Not a Hero launches for free on December 12th.
Resident Evil 7 is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Game Rant