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Capcom has revealed what the next piece of downloadable content will be for Resident Evil 7. Followeing up on the Banned Footage Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, they will be bringing back a classic character from the franchise that became one of the many faces of the long-running series.
Capcom posted up the news about Chris Redfield making a return to Resident Evil in a bit of DLC titled "Not A Hero". The post was made public on the Resident Evil Twitter account, where they announced that the DLC would be available for free this spring.
It's interesting, because they mention that Chris is hunting for something, and players will have to figure out what it is he's chasing in a completely separate story from the main Resident Evil 7 campaign.
Minor spoilers ahead, but this won't be the first time Redfield makes an appearance in Resident Evil 7. He was featured at the very end of the game during the cinematic where Umbrella's forces come down to rescue Ethan and Mia. During the end sequence, a soldier rappelled down to help Ethan, saying his name was "Redfield". A lot of people were left absolutely baffled and confused about this turn of events, because they originally thought that it was another famous Resident Evil character, Hunk, posing as a member of the Redfield family. Others thought that perhaps Hunk was a family member of the Redfield's all along, and he was just being revealed as such in Resident Evil 7.
Slightly more wild speculation suggested that perhaps it was a clone of Chris Redfield. The reasoning for this is because a lot of people have a hard time wrapping their head around the idea that Chris would actually work for the Umbrella Corporation, especially after all that he had been through with Albert Wesker and the rest of Umbrella.
The title of the DLC may, however, give away what truly happened with Chris between Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil 7. Redfield had lost a lot and had become embittered between Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6, and eventually joined the B.S.A.A., where he lost his entire team. If Chris is "Not A Hero" then it might mean that he may have fallen even more from where things ended with Resident Evil 6, and maybe he adopted the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" motto.
Long time fans have argued against the idea that Chris would do a 180 and join the evil Umbrella Corporation after all that he had been through with fighting them, but maybe there's a lot more to the story than that. Perhaps the clone theory isn't so far fetched and maybe this particular Redfield really is a clone and he's trying to get some info on stuff?
The Resident Evil franchise has tackled some wacky story threads in the past, so it's not too far fetched if they decided to go the whole clone route. Then again, they did try to have a more grounded horror-survival feel for Resident Evil 7, so maybe Chris Redfield really did just join Umbrella and is no longer a hero?
We'll find out the fate of Chris and what he's chasing when the "Not A Hero" DLC for Resident Evil 7 goes live this spring.