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Resident Evil 6 brain-dump by unstoppable, excitable games journalist (who should be on holiday)

I was sitting at home last night, enjoying a curry and a can of cold premium lager when my Blackberry started blinking its little red alert light at me. ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! It was an incoming message from GamesRadar's very own David 'Hooters' Houghton. Which surprised me because he's actually on holiday. Which to most people means not doing anything that involves work. But not Dave.

Above: Dave, if you're reading, this is what a holiday looks like

He had seen the Resident Evil 6 trailer and his brain could not be stopped. He was excited. He had theories. He sent a brain dump to my phone. And this is that brain dump. I thought to capture the true spirit of Dave's irrepressible enthusiasm, I would run the whole lot verbatim.

Please excuse Dave if some of the speculatory points seem a little off according to 'general opinion' (mostly point number 2), but he came up with this list of theories just minutes after the Resi 6 trailer first appeared. He didn't have hours to consider all the possibilities or grab all his info from various Resident Evil fan-sites once they had done all the hard work for him. Also, he did it while on holiday. Well done Dave, you are amazing.

The next voice you hear will be Dave's...

Right, I've just seen the Resi 6 trailer and reckon I've spotted some ultra important, exciting stuff. Obviously I'm not in tomorrow, but if you're putting together a trailer analysis feature, feel free to reference the following, along with the fact that I am amazing.

1. It will split play-styles between Leon (Resi 4 on steroids) and Chris (Batshit, balls-out, Gears of War meets Resi 5 meets Vanquish) in order to reconcile the series' split personalities and appease both camps of fans.

2. The guy with the shaved head is Leon after some forced medical/scientific experiments. The reference to his blood and him being important refers to residue from his Las Plagas infection in Resi 4. It will be the key to saving the world, but bad people will be after him for their own ends.

Above: Leon?

3. The girl with him is Ashley. Obvious given the appearance (and zombification and probable death) of the President, her father. She'll team back up with Leon in the aftermath, but will be the one protecting him this time to pay him back. Probably more grown-up, mature and independent than the fawning young girl she was last time, but probably still interested, and more chance of a real, equal relationship (of some sort) forming given her new found maturity.

Above: Ashley?

4. It will be Capcom firing the pre and post-Resi 4 continuities at each other on nukes filled with cocaine and horror. Basically, an ultimate, cranked-up culmination of all things Resi. And possibly a final, climactic crescendo before the series reboots totally with a new narrative. Also, it has that genuine Capcom spark that we haven't seen in years. Not since Clover/Platinum broke off actually.

5. I wouldn't be surprised if Platinum were involved in making it.

6. Also, Leon will get captured by the bad people after the incident at the White House. Ashley will see him and recognise him, and go after him to rescue him, going full circle with the plot of Resi 4.

If you're looking for actual Resident Evil 6 facts, have a look at our 8 things we know about Resident Evil 6 right now! article.

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20 comments

  • Darkwun - January 21, 2012 2:03 p.m.

    Some are quick to point out that ten years after Raccoon City puts this before Resident Evil 5... but then, Resident Evil 3 took place before AND after Resi 2, No reason 6 can't do the same :)
  • magic_muffin_man - January 21, 2012 2:27 a.m.

    IGN confirmed that the blond girl is Sherry Birkin. If it's 10 years after Raccoon City, then she'd be the perfect age to be a young, entry-level BSAA agent. http://ps3.ign.com/articles/121/1216937p1.html
  • jackthemenace - January 20, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    I do so totally hope Platinum have something to do with this. That be totally boss.
  • phoenix_wings - January 20, 2012 11:44 a.m.

    I love RE - including RE5 - but if the bald dude is Leon, I don't think I'll love it anymore. Okay, I'll still love it, but not 'as much.' Still think it's Alex Wesker. Perhaps...the girl with him is Sherry Birkin? If this is set to take place 10 or so years after the main outbreak, she'd be what, in her 20s? Sounds similar, has blonde hair. Is a female. It fits!
  • ithurtstopoop - January 20, 2012 11:15 a.m.

    this is why I love Dave
  • Slayer11496 - January 20, 2012 11:12 a.m.

    the bald character to my knowledge isn't Leon, different voice actor.
  • codystovall - January 20, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    Cant be Leon, not awesome enough.
  • Darkwun - January 20, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    Havn't Capcom now confirmed thee's a third character? Which would kinda suggest it isn't Leon. But any convo about it not looking like Hunk is moot really, I mean, does Re 6 Chris look anything like pre-reboot RE Chris? Even between Re 1 and CV:X Chris totally changed
  • db1331 - January 20, 2012 10:04 a.m.

    I don't think the bald guy is Leon. The face is different, and the voice doesn't sound the same either.
  • shadowless92 - January 20, 2012 9:34 a.m.

    i read that lots of people think hes Steve Burnside who was the 17 year old that got turned into a infected T-virus thing in Veronica. he was also the love interest of Claire (she fancied a 17 year old.... japanese games....). its also said by wesker in the game that its possible to bring him back. when comparing pictures they do sort of look the same... but the problem with resident evil is all the people look the same once again.... japan...
  • JayQ - January 20, 2012 9:37 a.m.

    yea, I've read that too, but Burnside was never a "merc" like the guy in the trailer says he was.
  • Corn - January 20, 2012 9:02 a.m.

    Also, why is it more likely to be Hunk? Was Hunk friends with Ashley? Did he ever have super powers or special blood other than just not dying? Also having HUNK take off his mask while fighting people is a more radical character design than making Leon bald. Plus, he doesn't have a scar when he takes his mask off. Also, shouldn't he have been spouting one liners about he can't die or something? I guess I must be missing something here since it's so much more likely him than just a bald Leon.
  • JayQ - January 20, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    I just think the part where he says something about it being easier when he was a "merc" fits the Hunk theory, and I don't think Leon and the bald guy have the same voice at all or even remotely look alike
  • shneepsh - January 20, 2012 9:24 a.m.

    My problem with it being Leon is just his sudden personality change from 4, where he's sarcastic but genuinely cares about helping others, to the beginning of the trailer where he's upset about his good friend being infected, to suddenly becoming a mercenary-type that only cares about money (and suddenly having zombie immunity). Yes, it could be him, but I think it makes more sense if they've just added someone new. I think David is right about Ashley going to get revenge and rescue Leon, but I think she's using the new guy toward this end. But obviously I could be completely wrong, it's all guesswork...
  • Corn - January 20, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    Yeah, after watching the trailers a few times I think it's probably Alex Wesker. I mean they were pretty heavy handed about him near the end of RE5 without it really leading to anything, and it fits the bill. Still, their voices sound so similar.
  • JayQ - January 20, 2012 9:30 a.m.

    Also, they showed Hunk without his mask in the Resident Evil 3 epilogue files and the look of the character fits, plus it's been long rumored that Hunk is immune to the virus and the whole "as long as somebody ponies up the dough" just seems to fit his personality more than Leon's
  • Corn - January 20, 2012 9:45 a.m.

    I don't know, I'd seen that picture and it didn't really look all that much like him to me. I guess it could be him though, I just don't see why he wouldn't be wearing a mask, breaking necks, or shooting people or whatever.
  • Corn - January 20, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    I kind of assumed bald dude was Leon when I first saw it because of Ashley, the blood, the fact that the game was supposed to be Chris and Leon, and the fact that they have the same voice. Now that I think about it, I don't think Capcom would want to confuse people who know Leon as the guy with the hair, or make them angry like DmC.
  • marioman50 - January 20, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    I'd never considered that the bald dude might be Leon, that would be a cool twist, though.
  • JayQ - January 20, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    There is no way the bald guy with the scar is Leon, it's more likely to be Hunk or even Alex Wesker (one of the Wesker children)

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