For the first half of its life, Resident Evil was synonymous with Albert Wesker. The gleefully villainous superpowered megalomaniac was the final massive dangerous, at all times pulling the strings behind the scenes, at all times conserving one step forward of the good guys, and at all times concerned in some nefarious scheme or the different. From the T-Virus outbreak in Raccoon City, to all the things that occurred at the Umbrella facility in Antarctica, to the Las Plagas incident in rural Europe, to, of course, Uroboros, Wesker was concerned in some type or one other in all the things that was going unsuitable in the world of Resident Evil.
Until his dying, that’s. At the finish of Resident Evil 5, when Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar shot a rocket by way of his face and left him to sink in an exploding volcano, he died. Without query, he died, bringing an finish to his lengthy and winding arc, and his long-standing rivalry with Chris Redfield. Since then, Resident Evil has tried on a number of events to introduce villains that may have an identical sort of influence, and although they haven’t all been dangerous, none of them can maintain a candle to Wesker.
But is it doable that Wesker isn’t fairly carried out in spite of everything? Impossibly sufficient, there is some proof – gentle although it might be – that would level to the chance of him nonetheless being round. The most convincing piece of proof involves us, curiously sufficient, from Umbrella Corps, if all video games. You wouldn’t be blamed for forgetting that Umbrella Corps even exists- I’m positive Capcom retains making an attempt to neglect about it as effectively. It was a poorly made multiplayer shooter with little or no going for it, and the much less we’ve got to speak about it, the higher.
But right here’s the factor. Umbrella Corps is canon. That’s one thing that Capcom themselves have confirmed. Though the recreation is kind of gentle on narrative, it does have some story content material, and based on its builders, it takes place after the occasions of Resident Evil 6. And all through the recreation, we get a number of hints that Wesker may nonetheless be kicking it. Throughout its The Experiment marketing campaign, gamers are despatched to places from throughout the historical past of Resident Evil, and your progress is consistently being monitored by a sure higher-up in the group you’re working for.
That sure higher-up is, repeatedly, strongly implied to be Albert Wesker. During a mission through which you head to the village from Resident Evil 4, your handler, Abraham Jackson, tells you that the mission is being monitored by somebody who could be very conversant in the occasions that went down in the village, virtually as if he was concerned in them himself. The notable characters from RE4 who had been concerned in any capability in that incident had been Leon S. Kennedy, Albert Wesker, Ada Wong, and Jack Krauser- and of these, the just one who suits the description right here is Wesker.
Later on in The Experiment, Jackson’s notes discuss how he’s terrified of this higher-up particular person, and eager to know who he’s, decides to run a DNA check on a strand of his hair. Not lengthy afterward, the lead researcher of the group out of the blue goes lacking, dashing any and all hopes of a DNA check. Coincidence? Possibly… however unlikely.
On prime of that sturdy proof of Wesker nonetheless being alive in Umbrella Corps, there are another circumstantial issues from Resident Evil 7 that would level to the identical. At the finish of the recreation’s Not a Hero DLC, Lucas Baker, having defected from The Connections, is trying to promote all of his information on Eveline and the Molded to an unknown third occasion, solely to be stopped and killed by Chris Redfield. So far, it hasn’t been revealed who that unknown third occasion was, however might it, maybe, be Wesker? After all, from the T-Virus to the T-Veronica virus, from Las Plagas to Uroboros, Wesker has been identified to go after practically each main bioweapon in existence- so if he’s nonetheless alive, why wouldn’t he go after the Mold as effectively?
And right here’s one other attention-grabbing tidbit for you. The Mold was, of course, created by The Connections themselves. Work on the virus began all the approach again in 2000- and who did The Connections collaborate with in the starting for that? H.C.F. the paramilitary group led by none apart from Albert Wesker himself. If Wesker had been nonetheless alive, and if he needed to get his palms on the Mold, of course he would find out about it, seeing as he was very a lot conscious of the undeniable fact that it was being labored on way back to twenty years in the past.
Sadly sufficient, none of that is conclusive proof by any means. For starters, it’s uncertain that Capcom will wish to put an excessive amount of inventory in issues launched in Umbrella Corps. That recreation was an absolute catastrophe, each critically and commercially, and it’s extraordinarily possible that Capcom will wish to distance themselves and the sequence from the recreation as a lot as doable. Umbrella Corps was in improvement alongside RE7 for some time, which meant that the two video games might probably have been working towards the identical narrative objectives, however it’s totally doable that following the overwhelmingly detrimental reception for the multiplayer recreation, Capcom dropped any and all plans they’d for what they might have began doing in it.
Can Albert Wesker come again? In a sequence that’s about bioweapons and zombies and folks eager to change into immortal and what have you- positive he can, even when he died in what was the most conclusive approach doable. Resident Evil has additionally toyed with the concept of clones in the previous, and it has been recommended by some that possibly there’s an Albert Wesker clone round someplace. The query additionally bears asking though- ought to Albert Wesker even come again?
Depending on who you ask, the reply will probably be completely different. For many, he’s one of the finest gaming villains of all time, so attending to see him wreak havoc as soon as once more can be unbelievable. Resident Evil hasn’t had an overbearing villainous presence since Wesker died – Simmons was a joke, Lucas Baker was nice however is now useless – so he would positively fill a gaping void (which was left behind by himself, funnily sufficient).
For many although, his arc was wrapped up very effectively, and bringing him again won’t be the finest concept. There’s additionally the undeniable fact that Wesker’s story and character had escalated to such some extent earlier than he died that any narrative arc involving him just about had to have wide-reaching world penalties, which doesn’t seem to be one thing Resident Evil as a sequence, which has change into far more grounded in recent times, desires to do anymore.
Of course, with the relentlessly leaked Resident Evil 4 remake releasing in a number of years’ time, we will be seeing Albert Wesker as soon as once more, so it’s not like the character has been utterly pushed into the annals of historical past perpetually. As far as a new look in the Resident Evil canon is worried though- effectively, we’ll simply have to attend and see. Capcom are promising massive surprises with Resident Evil Village, so there’s at the very least a touch of a chance that one thing to do with Wesker will play a component in the story, even when it occurs in an oblique method. It’s solely a trace of a chance although, so possibly don’t get your hopes up too excessive. Then once more, for Wesker followers, that trace may be greater than sufficient to go on.