It seems as though Capcom just can’t settle on character designs for its Resident Evil characters. I, like many people, was furious at the changes that they made to Chris for Resident Evil 5. Chris had never been a guy with muscles that could rival Hulk Hogan’s. Chris had simply been an athletic guy that was an expert at taking down zombies. But when 5 rolled around, Capcom decided that being athletic wasn’t enough. He had to have muscles big enough that would allow him to beat giant boulders.
The ending to 5 was a joke, and Capcom knows it. However, Chris wasn’t the only character to get a revision in 5. Resident Evil’s Master of Unlocking, Jill Valentine, also received a character redesign, albeit a minor one. Jill’s hair became blonde, but other than that, it was basically the same Jill from every other Resident Evil game. Her face stayed constant, and has stayed constant throughout the entire Resident Evil series. From Resident Evil to Umbrella Chronicles to Resident Evil 5, Jill Valentine’s design has never changed.
But it seems that all good things do eventually come to an end, as for some idiotic reason Capcom has decided to change the way Jill looks in the upcoming Resident Evil: Revelations for Nintendo 3DS, and she isn’t the only character to be getting a makeover either. I was upset when Chris was changed, I really was. But how else would he be able to push that huge rock? (sarcasm) I still don’t like it, but it is a change that I can live with, as it makes him more different than Leon S. Kennedy. However, since I began playing the Resident Evil titles, Jill has been a favorite character of mine, and I am furious that Capcom would even consider giving her a new design.
It looks as though Capcom wanted Jill Valentine to be a little closer to Lara Croft. Looking at the new Jill makes me sick. I know that Leon looks slightly different in the movies than he does in the games, but he looks close enough for you to tell that it’s him. Had I not known that this was Jill’s redesign, I probably would’ve thought that this was a brand new character, as she looks completely different from “real Jill.”
Since the remake of Resident Evil, Jill has been modeled after actress Julia Voth, but no longer. New Jill seems to have more color to her skin and a completely new face. Her eyes aren’t the right color, and her lips certainly aren’t the right size or shape. Everything about this “impostor Jill” is new. If they really wanted to have a Resident Evil character look like imposter Jill, why not make a new character instead of ruining an old one?
But I’m not done yet. Claire Redfield, Chris’ sister, has also been redesigned for her appearance in the other upcoming 3DS Resident Evil game, The Mercenaries 3D. From the images that Capcom released earlier last week, it appears as though Claire decided to dye her hair. Claire’s always had auburn hair, but it looks as though she now prefers black. Without going into specifics, her body doesn’t match the one she’s always had, and like impostor Jill, has a new face as well.
At least Claire’s revisions aren’t as significant as Jill’s, but it still begs the question: why? Why would Capcom suddenly decide to revise some of the most beloved Resident Evil characters? To me, it seems as though Capcom doesn’t care what fans think. If it did, it would know that fans would be incensed about such ridiculous changes. Not only that, but I thought that the designers would’ve paid attention to what happened with Sucker Punch earlier this year. When Sucker Punch revealed the new design for Cole, the hero of inFamous, fans were furious. However, Sucker Punch listened to the complaints of its fans, and created a new Cole that was closer to the original.
But Capcom isn’t Sucker Punch, and these changes are likely here to stay. How would you feel if tomorrow Nintendo revealed a new design for Mario? You’d probably feel upset, if not betrayed, and that’s how I feel about Capcom right now. Changing Chris was bad enough, but changing Claire and even Jill too? Capcom has gone too far this time. I was really looking forward to playing both new Resident Evil 3DS games, but now not as much. Revelations had so much going for it. It was supposed to be a better mix of action, along with classic Resident Evil elements such as puzzles and horror.
Now it seems as though Revelations is going to be a tough pill for Resident Evil fans to swallow. Capcom simply doesn’t care. It knew the reaction that these changes would garner, and yet went ahead with them anyway. I can only wonder which Resident Evil characters Capcom will ruin in the future. I’m sure Leon will be next in line.