Before I address the questions, hints and implications swirling online about Albert Wesker and my voice, let me make one thing perfectly clear:
And THAT is all I know, kiddos! In fact, when we were recording the dialogue the producers/designers were on Skype. After I finished my Wesker session I asked point blank if Albert Wesker was back. They smiled and said “We have no idea. And we wouldn’t. We’re only working on this game.”
They also said that this was a side game, so that ended any more fantasies on my part. The following session I performed the “Player” voice, too. So, that means I may actually have an exchange or two with myself… Which mirrors some of my lonely nights.
Let The Frenzy Begin
Then the trailer came out and the fans went crazy… Well, crazy bitchy:
Wow just when i thought it couldn’t get any worse just awful, tell you what Capcom either go back to it’s roots like the originals a big mansion loads of puzzles 100% awesomeness or don’t make them at all it really is that simple, resi fans are telling you constantly what we want and you go ahead and make crap like this. Hd remasters great idea but this. . terrible idea.
They should go back to f****** pachinko machines
Dont release this peace of s***, have some respect for your fans!
This is not a resident evil game to let you all know
Nobody cares about this crap. Just focus on RE2.
What was hard about reading those comments was the fact that I had met some of the guys who worked on it. They put thousands of hours into something they were enjoying and proud of. And they, too, are fans of the franchise. They were even a little giddy to meet me. And they hired me!
But, even though the first trailer received 5750 up votes and 7020 down votes, there were still some rational responses, as well.
Wow, everyone is going full rage war on this game. Everyone think for a second, would you rather have RE7 now where the chances of them fucking it up are super high, or just give this a try and give them time to properly prepare RE7 for the somewhat vicious fan base. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it back in the day of claustrophobic encounters with zombie and constant thoughts of “oh s***, I’m almost dead with no green herbs and only 6 bullets”
Everyone who says that they want classic Resident Evil again, or another remake need to understand something. You will never get a classic style, original RE game that will make you feel like you did with the first games. And if They kept making them that way there would be no RE4 and we’d be saying how boring the formula is getting. There are plenty of original survival horror games out there. Drop your Resident Evil boners and play something else. Meanwhile I’ll play this for what it is, a shooter.
It’s amazing how film fans are far more forgiving than video game fans. Partly because films are a passive form of entertainment and video games require you to be a participant. People put hours into playing the games and feel like they’re part of the franchise themselves. All that effort fills them with a certain sense of “ownership” or entitlement. So they have passionate opinions and are upset if they feel management isn’t listening to them. They demand a say in the company’s direction, a better pension plan and worker’s rights so they unionize and… Oh, sorry, got side tracked. (Meanwhile, really conservative video game fans just began questioning their libertarian purity.)
Proof Is In The Pudding (Dripping Out Of A Zombie Eye)
Anyhoo! The game finally came out and I have been getting my google alerts on the reviews that went like this with my inbox:
Looks bad > fans not liking it > some fans like it > not as bad as we thought > actually pretty good > more fun than expected > numbers aren’t looking good > sales mediocre > husk of a game > it sucks > Albert Wesker is alive?!
Lol! Talk about borderline personality disorder.
But I should address the posts about a possible Albert Wesker in Resident Evil 7.
While most Resident Evil fans are concentrating on finally solving the secrets of the farmhouse in the Resident Evil 7 demo, there are a few who are currently playing the spin-off title, Umbrella Corps. The game is set after the events of Resident Evil 6, and despite being a refreshing new take on the franchise, it still draws a lot from Resident Evil. The game might’ve even revealed the comeback of the series’ notorious villain in Resident Evil 7.
– Jonas Sunoco, TheBitBag.com
So… uhmm… Albert Wesker is apparently alive. I really don’t know what to say. I’ve never been someone that was pining for Wesker’s return in the series, as I was fairly satisfied with his death in Resident Evil 5. I mean, he dies pretty conclusively in RE5 if you slow down the footage. You can actually see his head disappear as one of the rockets goes flying through it.
I’m just as surprised as you probably are. I never actually expected them to do anything like this, and I’m really not sure how I feel about it. It does raise a few questions, however. How did Wesker survive RE5? Was that a clone of himself that we fought? Is this a clone speaking in Umbrella Corps? Wesker was brilliant and evil, and always had an extra trick up his sleeve – including surviving death once already.
He remained dead for years after the release of Resident Evil, until it was revealed he was not only still alive, but imbued with super-human powers thanks to the T-Virus. Could Wesker have done it again? Assuming that the Wesker in RE5 is a clone, it could explain why Wesker goes so off-rails in RE5.
– Rourke Keegan, RelyOnHorror.com
So now I’ll chime in on Albert Wesker returning. As mentioned earlier, I was told this was a spin-off game when we were recording. Not part of the canon. But I read in GameSpot that producer Masachika Kawata said:
The game is not a hypothetical, “what-if” side scenario. Umbrella Corps is set in the present day of Resident Evil, which means it’s after the events of Resident Evil 6.
“I’m Back! Sort of… Maybe Not. Excella!”
Make of that what you will, then… But the Resident Evil 7 production team, as of this writing, has not booked me for any voiceover work. So, while Wesker fans can hope (no one hoping more than I), it’s 99% doubtful he returns in RE7.
My take is that Wesker’s appearance in Umbrella Corps is more of an easter egg than anything. But what do I know? I’m just a voice actor.
Regardless, I’m ecstatic to add a seventh Resident Evil title to my Albert Wesker track record! And grateful to those of you reading this for even giving a shit I did his voice. Puts a little more dorky-white-guy swagger in my strut.