Don't expect too many cameos from classic characters in Resident Evil 7

The actor who voiced Leon Kennedy says Capcom is 'scaling back' on series favorites like Leon, Jill, and Claire.


Like Resident Evil 4 before it, Resident Evil 7 represents a rebirth of Resident Evil. However, RE4 directly referenced prior events such as Raccoon City's T-virus outbreak. That doesn't appear to be the case in Resident Evil 7.

"As far as 7 goes, I think they're scaling back a little bit on throwing in all the classic cameos," Mercer said. "I can say that I don't have any involvement in 7 directly," Matt Mercer, who voiced RE2 and 4 protagonist Leon Kennedy, told GameSpot.

Mercer doesn't feel slighted, though. He noted that after critics' and consumers' tepid response to 2012's Resident Evil 6, it makes sense for the developer to "go ahead and reestablish their roots and maybe start an original story. And if they decide that that does well, maybe they can then marry it in with the previous stories."

Mercer's comments fall in line with story details leaked by the ESRB earlier today. Per ESRB's leak, players control "Ethan, a man searching for his missing wife in a derelict mansion. From a first-person perspective, players explore the environment and use pistols, shotguns, flamethrowers, explosives and chainsaws to kill mutant creatures. Combat is accompanied by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and exaggerated blood-splatter effects."

Even though Ethan likely won't directly interact with fan-favorite characters like Leon, Chris, Jill, or Claire, it's possible Capcom could slip in references to them, their past exploits, and/or current whereabouts as Easter eggs. As things stand, Ethan and the mansion he explores—which fans were introduced to at E3—seem to take place in an isolated corner of the RE-verse.

RE7 is an even more radical departure from series conventions than RE4. It's very reminiscent of contemporary survival-horror titles like Amnesia: The Dark Descent, as evidenced in the "Lanterns" gameplay trailer released earlier this week.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at and @davidlcraddock.

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