Is Capcom UK Teasing A New Resident Evil Rebecca And Billy Story?

As a whole, Resident Evil has a tough time juggling all of its characters. Chris, Jill and Leon all have plenty of screen time, but being a partner character is almost certain doom for ever being seen again. A few have managed to crawl out of the pit like Boba Fett running on fan hopes and dreams. Sherry Birkin, Ada Wong, Barry Burton managed it,  but Sheva Alomar, Parker Luciani, and Carlos Olivera as well as the entire casts of Survivor, Outbreak and Dead Aim have all just disappeared into the void. Most notably, fan favorites Rebecca Chambers and Billy Cohen have simply vanished post their adventures in Resident Evil Zero and Resident Evil. Billy has something of an explanation, being a military convict on the run and reported as dead, he has little reason to be bringing his head up above water – and Rebecca’s future remained silent for years before last year’s Resident Evil: The Stage, which is her first canon appearance since the 1998 Arklay Mountain investigation in the very first game. She’s currently working as a BSAA adviser and is giving a lecture at an Australian university, at least until the events of the outbreak in the play, where she was re-united with her old partner Chris Redfield.

But Capcom UK’s YouTube channel has added a little more flame to the fire, with a new video that ponders what they’re doing at the moment in the RE canon. Reading off fan theories as to their statuses, it makes me wonder… what for? The HD port of Resident Evil Zero is due to be released in just a few weeks now, and Capcom has already announced that Rebecca will be making a starring appearance in next year’s new straight to video CG RE movie (which given the history of the direct to DVD series, I’m going to bet is called something like Resident Evil: Devastation). Is this perhaps a tease that the pair will be reunited in this upcoming film? Or that maybe they’ll be taking roles in the (as-yet-to-be-announced-but-probably-being-announced-this-year) Resident Evil 7? Personally, I think that if they’re planning on doing something new with these character’s I’d rather see it in the Revelations series, but with so much of the franchise’s future being a blank slate, anything’s possible. At the moment, all we know about is RE Zero HD, Umbrella Corps (a multiplayer shooter) and 2017’s new CG film, but with Revelation‘s producer teasing “many” announcements coming this year and it being Resident Evil‘s 20th anniversary, we have to be prepared for pretty much anything.

 

               
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  • Guilherme Teruya

    Where in the world is Rebecca & Billy?

  • Tvirus Getz

    god I hope not.
    if there is, i bet the setup would be some bullshit like
    Rebecca: Ohhh my god, is that you billy? what a coinky-dink!
    billy: and another zombie/virus outbreak! haha what are the odds!
    rebecca: wanna team up like old times?!
    and then the game would be filled with obnoxious, terribly forced self referential humor and awful cringe-y dialog like Revelations 2.

    now if it’s just a small update like “Where are they now?”
    sure, fine
    as long as it’s not something like “REBECCA AND BILLY HAVE JOINED ____ ORGANIZATION TO FIGHT BIOTERRORISM” because literally every fucking character in this series seems to have done that. they’re basically all the same
    oh, and no “Billy and Rebecca got hitched <3" because that'd be some bullshit that makes no sense outside the mind of a fanfic writer

    • Rourke Keegan

      I’d like to see Rebecca come back more than him. Romance needs to stay a million miles away from RE in general. The only romances the series has ever done anything with is the cringe-inducing Steve the butt-watcher in Code: Veronica, and Leon and Ada’s weird Batman/Catwoman thing. It’s awful.

    • gantarat

      From Biohazard the stage
      Rebecca join B.S.A.A as an advisor (like Barry)

      • Tvirus Getz

        I swear to fucking god….

        • Ben Reilly

          Haha, I know, man. It was literally the least imaginitive thing they could have done. I read somewhere a while back that Rebecca was a professor teaching at a university now. I thought, “Cool, she moved on with her life and literally has nothing to do with bioterrorism like almost everyone else in the series.” But, no, it turns out that she was actually a BSAA advisor giving a lecture at a university somewhere in Resident Evil: The Stage. Ugh.

          • Rourke Keegan

            I mean, the BSAA was essentially formed by ex-S.T.A.R.S. members, I don’t think it’s that surprising. It basically started as the anti-BOW group from Umbrella Chronicles (and arguably Gaiden). None of the non-S.T.A.R.S. members joined up. Claire works for TerraSave, Leon works for the government, and none of the other characters have come up again, and could presumably be working anywhere.

          • Ben Reilly

            I didn’t say it was unsurprising, I said it’s unimaginitive. Although, one would have to think at least one of these S.T.A.R.S members would have been traumatized by these events and chosen to leave it all behind. But, I suppose asking for some realism from this series now is a lost cause, especially seeing as the last main entry was a fucking Michael Bay movie.

          • MassDistraction

            I’m pretty sure Brad would have given up any thoughts of fighting bioterrorism, had he survived 😛

          • Ben Reilly

            Nah, he would have joined the BSAA as a janitor at the American branch, cleaning Chris’s pubes from the urinals.

    • Ty Marshall

      Lols because its true

  • Shane

    It’s time to retire the original cast, but will it happen? can’t see it. Characters don’t NEED to come back, they are plot devices. New cast, new bold direction is what the series needs.

    • Tvirus Getz

      the series needs a reboot so bad

      the story is trash
      none of the characters have had any fuckin character development at all
      Capcom doesn’t even know what fucking genre they want the series to be.
      they need to just scrap the series or start over

      • TH3J4CK4L

        Not to mention that they fucked the narrative up so bad since 3 that its just terrible. I can excuse the cheese,but for the love of God who the fuck is running umbrella. I swear it’s like super Mario,S.T.A.R.S arrives at super secret umbrella HQ only to be greeted with the message “we’re sorry,but the real umbrella leader is in another Headquarters”, this following after they kill for the millionth time some boss.

  • Andy

    Billy was a one off character just like Carlos.

  • Henrikm

    I still wish we would see Outbreak like cast.

    Ordinary everydays man and women trying to survive a zombie apocoalypse.

    Thats why I too had hoped Becca moved on from any kind of agency and Corps.
    Until someone mentioned the Stage part and BSAA:(

  • Lu H

    The series has stuck hard to the rule that only characters from the first two games have multiple appearences. The one exception seems to be agent hunnaigan.

    This was a good choice for a while, because the series did not need even more character bloat. Imagine if in 6 we also had to catch up with Carlos, billy, Ashley, and Sheva.

    Though I do think it is now time for them to startadding new main characters. But not to get rid of Jill. She’s my favorite and it would make me sad.

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