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Thanks to Sonny Bauer for the scans making this possible. This is the bulk of new story information, there are still a lot of technical details to go through but they aren't as relevant to the plot. Project Umbrella link


• SAVED IN A PINCH, THE HERO'S IDENTITY!


"Ethan! Use it!!"
A voice was heard clearly even amid the roaring rotors of the helicopter flying in the sky.
The voice belonged to Chris Redfield.


A man embodying an invincible hero undaunted by any foe, and through many crises has stuck to "justice" under any situation.
He's a savior always coming to the rescue of those in grave danger.


He pointed to "it", the beyond lethal steel buddy that's been with Chris through a great number of ordeals, forever its master's fangs, the Samurai Edge.
A light adapter module and hexagon silencer have been attached to its configuration and it's more than a mere handgun. The base has a familiar form...
but something's definitely different...


Since Ethan was in a critical condition desperately clinging to life, he had no room to think about it. The chunky handgun showed extraordinary potential, giving Ethan the prize of "living", standing against all odds in his desire to hang on.


Breathing a sigh of relief, Chris Redfield leaned forward and watched from the helicopter above, the body glistening with a "blue Umbrella logo."
He was staring at Ethan who'd successfully "lived", as if reflecting his own younger days.


June 1998. If that damned "Mansion Incident" hadn't occurred, what would my life be like now?
Would I still be with Alpha Team of Raccoon City's special S.T.A.R.S., division; perhaps earnestly protecting Raccoon City 24/7?
Perhaps there would've been a future where I died when seriously injured in the Republic of Edonia...
Or worse, might I have lived the life of an amnesiac alcoholic if I hadn't met the late Piers?


He was possessed by sentiment in a silence lasting only a few seconds.
Only someone involved could understand the pain and sorrow. He cut off such sentiments and accomplished his mission again.


In his hand is his steel buddy, the Samurai Edge...


• UMBRELLA CO. OUTLINE


A large conglomerate with a pharmaceutical company as the parent organization. Although it was a corporation better known as a pharmaceutical company with a proven track record in genome analysis and antiviral drugs, it also conducted Bio Organic Weapons (B.O.W.) research and development for use in battle. The origin of its name is the company's motto "protecting the health of the people." The Raccoon City Incident occurred due to the t-Virus and its underlying demeanor, developed as a means of creating immortal soldiers, a well-known fact from many reports.
Afterwards, it was held responsible for the Raccoon City Incident-- its stock prices plummeted, sinking into a chronic budget deficit. Furthermore its illegal biological weapons development was exposed to the world through physical evidence and survivor testimonies. As a result, all the chief executives were accused of bearing responsibility for the incident and it began going under, entering bankruptcy in 2003.


Following that, it was rehabilitated via application of Chapter 11 reorganization, but the new management has been charged with responsibility for redeeming its dark legacy.
Since the company's trademark was changed following rehabilitation, "Red Umbrella" commonly refers to pre-rehabilitation and "Blue Umbrella" refers to post-rehabilitation.


• WHO IS ALBERT WESKER?


The man named Albert Wesker is now widely known as an ever-cunning schemer.
From his sharp powers of observation and insight as well as his extremely composed cool, he prioritized an abstract way of thinking over emotions with no qualms using or betraying anyone for the sake of his own objectives and profit.


As a result, he even considered his own body a tool and didn't hestitate transforming it either. He clung to an ambition of "standing at the top surpassing humanity" and his encounter with the t-Virus led him to believe he could realize his ideals.


While adoring the t-Virus' prominent bioenhancements, he envisioned situations involving "facing t-Virus equipped enemies" and explored countermeasures, embodying the nature of a schemer. As many research findings were confiscated from his personal effects after his death, among them the study of many "physical weapons", it became clear once more that he was a schemer.


So what were his anti t-Virus thoughts?
Imagine the development of high-powered weapons, armaments and viruses surpassing the t-Virus-- this way of thinking is merely a cyclical arms race and it seems he chose not to sit around waiting for the malaise in present society, though that's our speculation. His research findings hold an abundance of sublime countermeasure tactics against a variety of viral weapons, defining an imperative total neutralization. Then he considered not only neutralizing one side's viral weapons, but also situations where each of their viral weapons were neutralized. The essence of his seemingly contradictory research on physical weapons and total neutralization was to prepare effective countermeasure weapons under any circumstances-- in other words his goal was to mitigate the "contradiction."


We can vaguely imagine Albert Wesker emphasizing the development of physical weapons and arms for the reasons above. It's officially assumed he would've always been thinking of anti-B.O.W. weapons for his own profit rather than for the profit of his ascribed company.
It might've been the ultimate egotist's idea that only he hold the countermeasures.


• THE PROJECT DEVISED BY JOE KENDO


Although we've written about the special customs incorporating the strong passions of each of the four individuals tested prior to the standard issue adoption of the Samurai Edge in S.T.A.R.S., only Albert Wesker produced a concrete plan and sent it to Joe Kendo. In those days he had another face while positioned as acting Captain and was also acquainted with the members' commitment to their guns. He knew each had requested a custom from Joe and, always assuming being either the attacker or the attacked, perhaps he shallowly and superficially thought he was obligated to superior countermeasures.


He mentally envisioned everything including arms, tactics and strategy, things he conjured as if they were his own thoughts, so finally it's safe to assume he always held the upper hand. An overlooked point is his way of thinking shining through when he asked for a silencer, able to kill secretly. It seems he told Joe the silencer was essential in principle as he had many secret operations.
He ordered the frame of a 20mm rail build to equip a light module and such, having envisioned things to direct his own areas of speciality-- the matters of killing, containment and jujutsu in enclosed spaces or darkness etc-- in a battle the other side could never win. Can't help but be surprised at foreseeing the arrival of the standard Picatinny rail at the time.


Despite digressing, he was cunning by placing himself within the police, I think he got the safest hideout. A malignant tumor, it seems it was only an elaborate provision for him to hide his ambition.
I think the inordinately detailed research vis-a-vis each of his squad is telling; that even his own men made him uneasy rather than hostiles. His elaborate scrutiny was futile and his squadsman Chris, absolute justice made flesh, ended up being a big miscalculation.


A lot of products and experimental data left by Albert Wesker were once again inspected in-house by the rehabilitated Umbrella Co. and were extremely effective in redeeming most of the old Umbrella Corp.'s dark legacy.


The anti-B.O.W. research results in particular mesmerized the researchers. You could call the fruits of that research the ultimate handheld weapons.
The results of basic research into renouncing biodiversity are included within, but we've excluded them in this document.


Part of the research envisioned combat in an unaffected state; alongside much conceptualizing of practical use by skilled combatants not equipped with weapons of mass destruction like viruses.
In a paper among his personal effects, he argues that weapons of mass destruction don't necessarily lead to improving the situation.


Unbound to the old regime, the "Blue" researchers have summed up those research results and are conducting development based on mass-production; to be supplied for testing to anti-biohazard units such as the B.S.A.A.

July 22, 2017 at 8:56 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Well that's been the best RE7 material I've read so fare. Too bad the game itself has yet to be as interesting. Does this mean that we gotta take “Redfield” to be actual Chris now? I hear Not A Hero was outsourced so maybe that’s why he looks so different?

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July 22, 2017 at 4:48 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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USS Command at July 22, 2017 at 4:48 PM

Well that's been the best RE7 material I've read so fare. Too bad the game itself has yet to be as interesting. Does this mean that we gotta take “Redfield” to be actual Chris now? I hear Not A Hero was outsourced so maybe that’s why he looks so different?

Chris looking different is no test for his true identity, you only have too look at the changes of Ada in RE6 and Jill in Revelations to see Capcom take the continuity of player models as seriously as the continuity of voice actors for those models. Has to be my favorite RE7 soucre of info, it's been pretty sparse out there searching out details to fill in the gaps left by the game's ending and delayed DLC. Kudos to News Bot and Sonny.

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August 8, 2017 at 1:47 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Agreed with what you said there Nemesis regarding this being the best source of information regarding RE7. It holds more links to the series than the entire game. Regarding Redfield I can see both sides of the coin. It is understandable that people would believe that Redfield is an imposter due to A) His drastic character change and B) The fact that he is working with Umbrella. However both can be explained A) Like you said character changes have been drastic in the past and this could just be another overhaul of their appearance B) We have been given information stating that Blue Umbrella is a corporation setup up to atone for the sins of the original Umbrella and it is quite understandable that Chris would interact with them at times like he did in Vendetta with the Mexican military and in Umbrella's End with the Russian military. Only time will tell us the truth about this 'Redfield' but honestly it could easily go either way.

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August 8, 2017 at 2:21 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Hell, I'll be honest, I think RE7 Chris is the only time I can use the word drastic, I'd use the word radical honestly. When they changed Ada in RE6 I did think "oh god who the fuck is this?" I though "Ada aged well scents 04." When Jill's face changed I wasnt to bother as it still looked like her. But this Chris looks nothing like Chris. Espesially after seeing Vendetta keep it consistent. If this changed happened after a few years with out seeing him in anything then I'd probably be more accepting, but there's still the problem with him being with umbrella. Doesn't matter if its a new good umbrella or not. Capcom's gotta pull some,great magic out of their asses to get me to swallow that pill.
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August 8, 2017 at 3:52 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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An interesting point in this translation is when Wesker makes a request for a silencer to be added to his custom Samurai Edge. "An overlooked point is his way of thinking shining through when he asked for a silencer, able to kill secretly. It seems he told Joe the silencer was essential in principle as he had many secret operations." Surely the perfect time to have used this weapon would have been once he reached the mansion and seperated from the team you think he would apply the silencer to stay hidden from the STARS members so they did not hear his gunfire but also if he needed to assassinate anyone like he did with Enrico.


Wesker took it upon himself to create anti BOW weapons for his own use and even applied a silencer to the Albert01. He uses a silencer when infiltrating the Caucasus Laboratory in Umbrella's End. Considering we do not see the weapon in Lost in Nightmares we cannot say for sure but I would say it is highly possible that he used a silencer to take out the guards in the main hall as well.


Ah well just thought I would mention this as this was a very nice throw back line and I was dissapointed that the developers of Remake did not add the silencer to his handgun at any point during the events of the mansion incident.

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September 1, 2017 at 9:12 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Wow, thanks for this great translation, this clears a lot up...I couldn't believe Chris betrayed everything he fought for.

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September 3, 2017 at 5:29 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Chris hasn't betrayed anything. It's been obvious from the get go that he would be deeply untrustworthy of working with this new Umbrella. He is obviously looking to investigate them by working alongside them, and I would suggest it would be good public relations for people who are righly wary of this new company to have one of the B.S.A.A.'s Original 11 working with them on missions. But it should prove to be an interesting alliance once Not A Hero is relased. Chris is untrustworthy of the rest of his unit and vise versa. No doubt the DLC will end with Umbrella securing some samples without Chris's knowledge. 

I like the Wesker angle in this and it only further puts to bed the ridiculous resurrection theories. It's kind of cool he has achieved one of his objectives from beyond the grave in restoring Umbrella, albeit perhaps not in the way he would have done it. I like that approach. 

I'm still not a fan of Umbrella being literally resurrected, however I am glad the rival company has been brought back into the forefront of the story. If Not A Hero doesn't ruin anything and End of Zoe turns out well, I think personally for me RE7 will be the best game in the series since Nemesis.

September 12, 2017 at 11:49 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Seems likely to me Batman that your theory about Chris’s reasoning for joining Blue Umbrella is the most probable based on what we know. They could always take an alternate route though; perhaps Chris is forced to join them, had a change of heart or BSAA was closed down. This is my biggest worry, what of the BSAA now? Are they simply going to be disbanded due to Blue Umbrella? If Chris left the BSAA for Umbrella then what example does this set when the BSAA loses their top soldier to their potential rivals? I hope this is not the end for the organisation I see absolutely no reason for them to come to an end just because of this ridiculous Umbrella revival. You just know there is corruption on the inside and the “atoning for their sins” is going to be a cover for their real intentions. When Blue Umbrella show’s their true intentions I hope the BSAA are still around to combat them and they don’t have to then make up ANOTHER organisation.


Again I think you might be putting a little bit too much faith in this Not a Hero DLC. It already got delayed due to Capcom’s disappointment in the project. A glorified mercenaries is what we would have gotten had they not delayed. Did they then add more story to it or just fix the gameplay elements during the delay. I hope it is the former. I couldn’t get less about the gameplay for RE7, I haven’t even looked at the DLC mini game garbage. I am here for the story and if it is minimal then it will be like the campaign for me, a one and done. I am under the belief that Umbrella will acquire some sort of sample. Perhaps they will extract/capture a survivor? Such as Zoe or Lucas? They already have Mia and Ethan though so that would be a bit redundant. Would be nice if the HCF showed up and battled Chris and Umbrella for samples/survivors. I need to look into this more because I am unsure if it is something they touched upon but after Eveline’s death what would happen to the infection inside the infected? Does it just die, lay dormant or exist until put down.


Argh the Wesker angle, yes this AWM01 pamphlet was wonderful and one of my favourite things about RE7 however all this Wesker nonsense? My god! Just move on already! Enough with the pointless posthumous character development, its shit! I am not interested in Wesker coming back but if they keep this up they might as well. He has received more attention since his death than when he was fucking alive! It’s a joke. Establish a sodding villain who is amongst the living and give us a reason to hate his guts, a reason to want to play these games and fight with these characters. Give us some goals for crying out loud. I am not going to touch on how I personally feel about RE7 but I will say that I disagree with your last sentence to the extent that I am quite the opposite of how you feel about the game but that is just personal opinion, to each their own and there is no right or wrong on that.

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September 12, 2017 at 12:50 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Don't worry, the B.S.A.A. is still alive and kicking and Chris is still very much a B.S.A.A. member. As the translation explains, part of the reason Umbrella were able to reform was because they atoned for much of the original corporation's dark legacy by creating an array of weapons using the anti-B.O.W. research Wesker was conducting in top secret. These weapons were given to agencies such as the B.S.A.A. to combat the rising stem of bioterrorism which again has risen to the forefront with the recent outbreak of the A-Virus in New York. We have to assume that these specialist weapons have done a great deal to turn the tide in this ongoing battle and has therefore bought this new Umbrella a bit of goodwill. Whilst we don't know the specifics of their relationship, it is speculated Umbrella have actually approached the B.S.A.A. with intelligence on bioterrorism (specifically the organisation behind Eveline who Umbrella are in direct competition with) and have invited Chris to join them on missions based on this Intel. Although extremely wary, Chris has joined whilst looking to investigate Umbrella as an inside man for the B.S.A.A. Obviously Umbrella will be aware of this too but having Chris on their team makes for good PR. It may even extend further than this and be that Umbrella recruited Chris because they believed he may be their only chance of recapturing Eveline. The possibilites are endless really but it's full of intrigue certainly. The B.S.A.A. will still be around after this don't worry. If Umbrella Corps is anything to go by, one of New Umbrella's aims is to eventually destroy the B.S.A.A. completely and so I would assume future games will focus on these two groups going at each other. It is in many ways a soft reboot of the storyline. I don't like the Umbrella angle, but as I said I'm glad we're getting the rival company back as they alongside Ada remain the only two unanswered questions from the original storyline.


Given the datamine I'm confident Not A Hero will deliver in just the same way Separate Ways did all those years ago in tying the events of RE7 neatly into the overall story. We are promised background on the E-Series project, Umbrella and the rival company, and the mysterious organisation that originally created Eveline whilst working in partnership with the rival company. It will all be corporate espionage and I'm tremendously excited to see how it all pans out. There is so much brewing under the surface of RE7 and it is a shame many people just cannot see it. I don't believe any story, script or cutscenes have been altered in any way because all that would have been written, implemented and pre-recorded prior to any delay. I'm confident Capcom were honest when they said they needed to just tweak and fix the gameplay. I suspect Umbrella want Lucas alive so they can extract information from him about 'The Connection' or whoever they are. I fully expect them to recover a sample of the Molded. Chris is totally being used in this mission - and Capcom need to be clever with their writing to not make this come across as too obvious and contrived. HCF is Umbrella remember so they won't be fighting each other in this DLC that's for sure.


As for Wesker I'd normally agree with you but I'm fine with this particular connection as it is a straight up continuation of the sub-plot in Resident Evil 4. The rival company have utilised UMF-013 following Wesker's death and the information gleaned from it has allowed them to rebuild the original company. Remember, not only have they used Wesker's secret research to do some good and earn their official revival, they also still have access to all of the original Umbrella's data. That's all the development data for the individual viruses and all the BOWs that come with it. I can only hope that once RE7's story is fully concluded, people will finally drop the Wesker resurrection theories and accept there was nothing really supporting it in the first place.


I think the game is superb. It drips with atmosphere and the Baker estate has such personality. It is begging to be explored which is in stark contrast to Revelations for example where the Zenobia may be totally free roaming but the game gives you no real incentive to go off on your own and explore. The parrallels with RE1 are huge and that's why I find it so appealing. For me RE is at its best when you start off with such a simple objective and then as you progress the conspiracy reveals itself and closes in all around you.


I also loved Daughters, and if End of Zoe pans out then I think we'll have a character that could well eclipse Lisa Trevor as the most tragic. We'll have to wait and see.





September 12, 2017 at 1:43 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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TheBatMan at September 12, 2017 at 1:43 PM

Don't worry, the B.S.A.A. is still alive and kicking and Chris is still very much a B.S.A.A. member. As the translation explains, part of the reason Umbrella were able to reform was because they atoned for much of the original corporation's dark legacy by creating an array of weapons using the anti-B.O.W. research Wesker was conducting in top secret. These weapons were given to agencies such as the B.S.A.A. to combat the rising stem of bioterrorism which again has risen to the forefront with the recent outbreak of the A-Virus in New York. We have to assume that these specialist weapons have done a great deal to turn the tide in this ongoing battle and has therefore bought this new Umbrella a bit of goodwill. Whilst we don't know the specifics of their relationship, it is speculated Umbrella have actually approached the B.S.A.A. with intelligence on bioterrorism (specifically the organisation behind Eveline who Umbrella are in direct competition with) and have invited Chris to join them on missions based on this Intel. Although extremely wary, Chris has joined whilst looking to investigate Umbrella as an inside man for the B.S.A.A. Obviously Umbrella will be aware of this too but having Chris on their team makes for good PR. It may even extend further than this and be that Umbrella recruited Chris because they believed he may be their only chance of recapturing Eveline. The possibilites are endless really but it's full of intrigue certainly. The B.S.A.A. will still be around after this don't worry. If Umbrella Corps is anything to go by, one of New Umbrella's aims is to eventually destroy the B.S.A.A. completely and so I would assume future games will focus on these two groups going at each other. It is in many ways a soft reboot of the storyline. I don't like the Umbrella angle, but as I said I'm glad we're getting the rival company back as they alongside Ada remain the only two unanswered questions from the original storyline.


Given the datamine I'm confident Not A Hero will deliver in just the same way Separate Ways did all those years ago in tying the events of RE7 neatly into the overall story. We are promised background on the E-Series project, Umbrella and the rival company, and the mysterious organisation that originally created Eveline whilst working in partnership with the rival company. It will all be corporate espionage and I'm tremendously excited to see how it all pans out. There is so much brewing under the surface of RE7 and it is a shame many people just cannot see it. I don't believe any story, script or cutscenes have been altered in any way because all that would have been written, implemented and pre-recorded prior to any delay. I'm confident Capcom were honest when they said they needed to just tweak and fix the gameplay. I suspect Umbrella want Lucas alive so they can extract information from him about 'The Connection' or whoever they are. I fully expect them to recover a sample of the Molded. Chris is totally being used in this mission - and Capcom need to be clever with their writing to not make this come across as too obvious and contrived. HCF is Umbrella remember so they won't be fighting each other in this DLC that's for sure.


As for Wesker I'd normally agree with you but I'm fine with this particular connection as it is a straight up continuation of the sub-plot in Resident Evil 4. The rival company have utilised UMF-013 following Wesker's death and the information gleaned from it has allowed them to rebuild the original company. Remember, not only have they used Wesker's secret research to do some good and earn their official revival, they also still have access to all of the original Umbrella's data. That's all the development data for the individual viruses and all the BOWs that come with it. I can only hope that once RE7's story is fully concluded, people will finally drop the Wesker resurrection theories and accept there was nothing really supporting it in the first place.


I think the game is superb. It drips with atmosphere and the Baker estate has such personality. It is begging to be explored which is in stark contrast to Revelations for example where the Zenobia may be totally free roaming but the game gives you no real incentive to go off on your own and explore. The parrallels with RE1 are huge and that's why I find it so appealing. For me RE is at its best when you start off with such a simple objective and then as you progress the conspiracy reveals itself and closes in all around you.


I also loved Daughters, and if End of Zoe pans out then I think we'll have a character that could well eclipse Lisa Trevor as the most tragic. We'll have to wait and see.





Well i think this is the worst RE even 6 is leaps and bounds better than this "game", awful story, awful action, cheap indy horror feel, no final boss, bad music. The only good part about it are the voice actors who give us one hell of a performance but...;)


Right well that being said i think they can actually salvage the game with the dlc. Not a hero comes right after the main game so i'm guessing tons of lore and proper final boss(es?) BAM 2 birds in one stone, finally the story can make sense and end in an epic, proper, and respectful Resident Evil Way.

And End of Zoe well from what we hear is directed by a guy from Konami and Konami knows how to make horror games and since it's somewhat unrelated to the RE7 story they can go all out and give us an amazing horror adventures. So i'm really looking forward to this gold edition



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September 12, 2017 at 2:51 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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First of all curse you for making me delve into the lore of Resident Evil 7 it is something I have been avoiding since I played it at launch. I have read all the official materials but have been avoiding researching into them deeper. I have to face facts though and if I want to continue on with this series I have to get into it sometime and I guess with the upcoming DLC now is as good a time as any.


So these anti-BOW weapons are now the way forward? If we are to ever replay as the likes of Chris or any soldier within the series especially one involved with Umbrella or the BSAA then we will have to use weapons like the Samurai Edge AWM01. There is no excuse for using a standard weapon when these are now readily available. This means playing as any of these militaristic figures will instantly make the player over powered when it comes to their weapons. Does this not worry you? We are now potentially looking at a game very similar to Call of Duty Advanced Warfare when it comes to the weapons. Futuristic advanced weapons making BOW disposal equivalent to that of an exterminator killing bugs using by use of a bug bomb. With weapons like the Samurai Edge01 it is only a matter of time before we get something similar to that, why not just make the anti-virus into some sort of bomb and throw it in the middle of an outbreak, job done. No need for the BSAA, no need for Chris hence no need for us. Capcom won’t allow the series to die because it is their cash cow so they will evolve the BOW’s to be able to adapt to these sorts of weapons and this is where it is all getting stupid. The evolution of the series has now become a cold war between bio terrorists and the BSAA regarding who can create the best gadget for the advantage in battle.

 

This is very hard for me to write because it just seems so damn cliché and foolish. Basically Umbrella are equivalent to the Nazi’s they fucked up the world royally caused so much havoc that anyone involved with them ended up dead or in jail. They damn near destroyed the planet. Every man and his dog would despise them but (I smile whilst writing this, cannot help it) they reopen the organisation under the SAME NAME and are allowed to conduct business and have Red Umbrella’s assets! This is equivalent to reforming the Nazi’s and giving them nuclear power. So that they can atone for the damage caused. This would NEVER happen in a million years and even if it did they would have security checks up the ass, Blue Umbrella would not be able to pick their nose without someone knowing about it. I don’t see anything here that gets me excited for the future of this series so far. Not too be rude about that I have to be honest with you it almost seems like a bad fan fiction project to me. I am really struggling to take interest in any of it. Your post was great and very informative this is not a shot at you I am strictly speaking about the direction they are taking here.

 

So I have a few questions here regarding the plot because I seemed to have misunderstood somethings. I assumed it was the rival company who created Eveline and also had the HCF. How is HCF Umbrella? You have completely lost me here. For the HCF to be Umbrella this would mean that the rival company are Blue Umbrella. The HCF belongs to the rival company. Here is my understanding of the events. The Rival company created Eveline and made use of the HCF at some point (I don’t understand this part to well because of the whole NEXBAS inaccurate translation debacle). The Rival company were transporting Eveline as they expected that an organisation (Blue Umbrella) would try to steal her. During the transport the shit hit the fan and RE7’s events take place. Blue Umbrella find out about the fuck up and send in Chris to extract Eveline. The Rival company are nowhere to be seen and have just given up on Eveline I guess? That is why I expected them to send in the HCF. Please correct me on this because clearly I am wrong here.

 

It is not a good plot when I have played the game, read the supplements and totally misunderstood everything. Why blank out the words in the R&D Report? It is just frustrating that a whole year after I played the game I have no idea what the fuck is going on. There is nothing clever about any of that it is just flat out a cluster fuck.

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September 12, 2017 at 3:17 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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SarahLy at September 12, 2017 at 2:51 PM

TheBatMan at September 12, 2017 at 1:43 PM

Don't worry, the B.S.A.A. is still alive and kicking and Chris is still very much a B.S.A.A. member. As the translation explains, part of the reason Umbrella were able to reform was because they atoned for much of the original corporation's dark legacy by creating an array of weapons using the anti-B.O.W. research Wesker was conducting in top secret. These weapons were given to agencies such as the B.S.A.A. to combat the rising stem of bioterrorism which again has risen to the forefront with the recent outbreak of the A-Virus in New York. We have to assume that these specialist weapons have done a great deal to turn the tide in this ongoing battle and has therefore bought this new Umbrella a bit of goodwill. Whilst we don't know the specifics of their relationship, it is speculated Umbrella have actually approached the B.S.A.A. with intelligence on bioterrorism (specifically the organisation behind Eveline who Umbrella are in direct competition with) and have invited Chris to join them on missions based on this Intel. Although extremely wary, Chris has joined whilst looking to investigate Umbrella as an inside man for the B.S.A.A. Obviously Umbrella will be aware of this too but having Chris on their team makes for good PR. It may even extend further than this and be that Umbrella recruited Chris because they believed he may be their only chance of recapturing Eveline. The possibilites are endless really but it's full of intrigue certainly. The B.S.A.A. will still be around after this don't worry. If Umbrella Corps is anything to go by, one of New Umbrella's aims is to eventually destroy the B.S.A.A. completely and so I would assume future games will focus on these two groups going at each other. It is in many ways a soft reboot of the storyline. I don't like the Umbrella angle, but as I said I'm glad we're getting the rival company back as they alongside Ada remain the only two unanswered questions from the original storyline.


Given the datamine I'm confident Not A Hero will deliver in just the same way Separate Ways did all those years ago in tying the events of RE7 neatly into the overall story. We are promised background on the E-Series project, Umbrella and the rival company, and the mysterious organisation that originally created Eveline whilst working in partnership with the rival company. It will all be corporate espionage and I'm tremendously excited to see how it all pans out. There is so much brewing under the surface of RE7 and it is a shame many people just cannot see it. I don't believe any story, script or cutscenes have been altered in any way because all that would have been written, implemented and pre-recorded prior to any delay. I'm confident Capcom were honest when they said they needed to just tweak and fix the gameplay. I suspect Umbrella want Lucas alive so they can extract information from him about 'The Connection' or whoever they are. I fully expect them to recover a sample of the Molded. Chris is totally being used in this mission - and Capcom need to be clever with their writing to not make this come across as too obvious and contrived. HCF is Umbrella remember so they won't be fighting each other in this DLC that's for sure.


As for Wesker I'd normally agree with you but I'm fine with this particular connection as it is a straight up continuation of the sub-plot in Resident Evil 4. The rival company have utilised UMF-013 following Wesker's death and the information gleaned from it has allowed them to rebuild the original company. Remember, not only have they used Wesker's secret research to do some good and earn their official revival, they also still have access to all of the original Umbrella's data. That's all the development data for the individual viruses and all the BOWs that come with it. I can only hope that once RE7's story is fully concluded, people will finally drop the Wesker resurrection theories and accept there was nothing really supporting it in the first place.


I think the game is superb. It drips with atmosphere and the Baker estate has such personality. It is begging to be explored which is in stark contrast to Revelations for example where the Zenobia may be totally free roaming but the game gives you no real incentive to go off on your own and explore. The parrallels with RE1 are huge and that's why I find it so appealing. For me RE is at its best when you start off with such a simple objective and then as you progress the conspiracy reveals itself and closes in all around you.


I also loved Daughters, and if End of Zoe pans out then I think we'll have a character that could well eclipse Lisa Trevor as the most tragic. We'll have to wait and see.





Well i think this is the worst RE even 6 is leaps and bounds better than this "game", awful story, awful action, cheap indy horror feel, no final boss, bad music. The only good part about it are the voice actors who give us one hell of a performance but...;)


Right well that being said i think they can actually salvage the game with the dlc. Not a hero comes right after the main game so i'm guessing tons of lore and proper final boss(es?) BAM 2 birds in one stone, finally the story can make sense and end in an epic, proper, and respectful Resident Evil Way.

And End of Zoe well from what we hear is directed by a guy from Konami and Konami knows how to make horror games and since it's somewhat unrelated to the RE7 story they can go all out and give us an amazing horror adventures. So i'm really looking forward to this gold edition



Each to their own, but i don't agree with any of those points. For one the story is only half told so it's unfair to criticise. The horror feel is just fine. Its subtlely different to the first game, probably not as effective, but it's ominous and we've not had that for years with this series. The music again is fine as it matches the tone and locale of the game. Less is more really does work with this game. And we've been promised a real final boss with the new content. Yeah im confident Not A Hero and End of Zoe will address any concerns and slot the game neatly alongside the others in terms of relevance. Code Veronica remains by far the worst RE game for me. Dull, boring and bland with an uninspired story, setting and poor characters. Given the set up after 3 it should have been so much better than what we ultimately got.
September 12, 2017 at 3:23 PM Flag Quote & Reply

SarahLy
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"Half told" well i'm a fair person so i'll give them another chance to fix it and i hope they do but we paid full price for this last year, dlc is just dlc, what we got in January sucked story wise


Plus who cares about the 'first game feel', RE is not really about horror to begin with, i mean Silent Hill games are way,way better in this regard. What you're saying is "less is more" so like bare bones game with bad music, bad story and cheap indy horror feel is legit because it's "return to roots?", I don't agree with that but well as i said they can still fix it.


Nice try but i'm willing to bet Code Veronica is your favorite, it's the best RE by far :). Plus i mean we got 6 and 7 so it can't be the "worst" by any means

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September 12, 2017 at 3:47 PM Flag Quote & Reply

TheBatMan
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Well there you go, our differing opinion just goes to show the diversification of RE fans which has been a regular problem for Capcom in their attempts to please everyone over the years.


Oh yes, I secretly adore Code Veronica. Ask anyone that knows me :D.


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The anti-BOW weaponry seems to be the next big theme of the series. If you played Umbrella Corps than you’ll already be aware that new Umbrella have been developing and testing weapons for years. The Zombie Jammer was their first major breakthrough and that has already been sold to many other organisations. Whether the guns are too overpowered in the actual gameplay remains to be seen and I’m sure Capcom will take steps to even it all out, but purely as a story point they have been implemented in a way that makes total sense. The series has been stuck in a bioterrorism circle for a number of years now and both RE6 and Vendetta made it clear the likes of the B.S.A.A. and the D.S.O. are losing the war. These new weapons were the key to bringing Umbrella back and if it really does help the likes of the B.S.A.A. finally turn the tables on bioterrorism then it presents the only real probable scenario for Umbrella being able to return. Although people would rightly never trust a corporation called Umbrella in this day and age, it comes across as a necessary evil in exchange for all these new weapons and technology that will help turn the tide in the bioterrorism war. Obviously heavy sanctions were implemented by the U.S. Government but the new owners of the company have proved their worth – as I’m sure the opening of Not A Hero will demonstrate when it explains how new Umbrella came about. As for progression it is simply imitating real life. Weapons and technology advance and improve every year and the real power base lies with those who can manipulate and control it, and that is exactly what Albert Wesker was thinking when he started his secret anti-BOW research. Like Derek Simmons, he believed BOWs would eventually replace conventional weaponry in the future of warfare. He sought to create countermeasures and weapons using Umbrella’s archived data files so that he could manipulate and control the very flow and direction of global warfare. – Now that is power. That is godhood. And I would suggest this must have been started before he turned his attentions towards Uroboros, back to a time when it just so happened his main goal was to resurrect the Umbrella Corporation.


Now I agree nobody would trust the return of Umbrella given all that’s happened, but if they have already demonstrated they can do a lot of good (which they must have already done because that was one of the conditions upon officially reforming), and are in possession of all this technology that can make the B.S.A.A.’s job that much safer and easier, and have heroes like Chris Redfield working with them, then maybe they can make people think twice. How many times in real life have we seen individuals, corporations and governments make deals with the devil to acquire technology or information or assets to further their own cause? Remember in the news a while back all that controversy about the UK selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, weapons that the UK government know end up in the hands of terrorists like ISIS to commit war crimes? Yet we keep on doing that and turn a blind eye because we need that connection to Saudi. It’s all about politics at the end of the day and I would put the return of Umbrella down to circumstances such as that. They are viewed as a necessary evil the world needs if they are to ever combat bioterrorism (even though they are still rotten to the core).



As for HCF well that’s a long story…



HCF are part of the rival company but for simplicity’s sake in this conversation let’s just refer to them as the same thing. We don’t have a name for the organisation Lucas is associated with but let’s just refer to them as ‘The Connection’, going by the datamined files in the Not A Hero DLC.



Basically, Blue Umbrella are the rival company.



Back when Umbrella Corps came out, upon completing The Experiment one thing jumped out at me, and that was the distinct possibility that the at the time unnamed corporation using Umbrella’s redesigned red and white logo were in fact the rival company. Numerous hints are to be found throughout that game including their knowledge of classified Umbrella information and extensive knowledge about the base in Code Veronica, Alexia Ashford, the finer details of what happened in Raccoon City and of course the village and the Plaga in RE4. All this information pertained to incidents the rival company were directly involved in. So the clues were there long before RE7 was even announced…



Back in 2000 the project that eventually became Eveline was started by The Connection with technical assistance from the rival company. They were working in collusion, but at some point, the rival company left the project and The Connection continued the project on their own, eventually creating Eveline.


 

Now the Biohazard 7 Kaitaishinsho actually reveals Chris was working with Umbrella back in 2014. In the book Umbrella are simply referred to as an ‘investigation team’, but Chris’s picture in the character correlation chart is linked directly to Eveline by the phrase ‘technical assistance’ therefore proving Umbrella is the rival company because the rival company provided ‘technical assistance’ in the early days of the project’s development. It was Chris’ unit that was hunting Eveline down in 2014 which necessitated in The Connection moving Eveline to a safer location by way of the LNG Annabelle. The game itself describes the reason for her being moved was because of threats she would be stolen by opposing organisations. This opposing organisation is Umbrella. For reasons I’m sure the DLC will reveal, they are now against The Connection and want Eveline back.



Blue Umbrella being the rival company also ties back to Wesker and his goal of resurrecting Umbrella. The gun translation suggests Wesker’s research was seized upon his death and used to develop the anti-BOW weapons. Who had access to Wesker’s research and more specifically UMF-013? The answer is of course the rival company. They have utilised this and eventually created enough goodwill to persuade the government to release the assets of Umbrella to them. To symbolise the transition to being back as a publically trading company, the colours on the logo were changed from red to blue.



So in a nutshell, the rival company have completed Wesker’s goal in RE4 to resurrect the Umbrella Corporation. Now this may tie into the ‘commander/executive’ in Umbrella Corps who has deep ties to the village and what not. This individual, suspected to be a follower and loyalist of Wesker, may be the mastermind behind it all.



In RE7, Blue Umbrella are trying to capture Eveline, but Chris believes they are trying to kill her. Blue Umbrella also want Lucas alive because he has been working with The Connection (they are the one's who cured him of Eveline's hold).



Don’t be so hard on yourself. It is all a little murky in the details and not obvious given a vanilla playthrough of the game, but that’s part of what makes this series so appealing. It’s the digging into the finer details and uncovering what’s beneath the surface. RE7 is far more relevant than many people realise.


September 12, 2017 at 4:45 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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Assuming that is Umbrella in “Umbrella Corps” because it was never really confirmed? Although it is more than likely them due to Umbrella Corps being the title for the game. Just really confusing to me why they never confirmed it. Not only does that mean that the unit that 3A7 works for could be the HCF but also we now have the potential to see 3A7 as a part of Resident Evil 7. He could be a member of Chris’s unit. Also regarding Umbrella Corps this means that the Commander could also play a part in the series. Be really interesting to see who that guy is because I feel like they were hinting that he has been around for a while. He had a great knowledge of the Village from RE4 so potentially a former character. Will be interesting to get a look at Chris’s unit in RE7 to see if any of them are carrying Zombie Jammers or Brainers. Sheng Ya’s unit had brainers in Heavenly Island though? So would that not make Sheng Ya the organisation in Umbrella Corp’s? Or mean that Sheng Ya employed a HCF unit to raid Sonido De Tortiga?


Regarding Albert Wesker’s anti-BOW weapons I am guessing it is probable that Nadia sniper rifle from Vendetta is a part of that program?

 

I still struggle to buy into the revival of Umbrella in the public eye. Would it have been so difficult to change the name? I mean if like you said they are going for realism here then they failed on that one. The only reason they kept the name is simply for fans to say “Umbrella’s Back.” It really bothers me how they struggle to move on. They had a perfect opportunity to move forward with Tricell as the new organisation and they had an excellent villain in Alex Wesker. Both of those are dead and now we are back with Umbrella and Albert Wesker….Come on.

 

This is all news to me concerning Blue Umbrella being the Rival Company. “their knowledge of classified Umbrella information and extensive knowledge about the base in Code Veronica, Alexia Ashford, the finer details of what happened in Raccoon City and of course the village and the Plaga in RE4. All this information pertained to incidents the rival company were directly involved in.” This is brilliant. Excellent catch here Batman. The only question I have here is how did the Rival company take over Umbrella? How did they get the assets and how did they pretty much get the go ahead to lead Blue Umbrella? I guess this is what you meant when you said we would get answers in the opening of Not a Hero DLC?

 

Perhaps the Rival company never wanted to leave the project back in 2000. Possibly The Connection just pulled a fast one and saw the importance of the E-Series project and cut ties with the Rival company. Maybe only upon completion of the E-Series and with Umbrella’s assets and BSAA’s connections the rival company were able to finally track down The Connection and try to steal back the E-Series.

 

“Now this may tie into the ‘commander/executive’ in Umbrella Corps who has deep ties to the village and what not. This individual, suspected to be a follower and loyalist of Wesker, may be the mastermind behind it all.” Yeah as I mentioned above I feel like this guy has potential to play a huge role and Umbrella Corps could be his introduction to the series. Much like Spencer.

 

It is becoming slowly more relevant I cannot deny that. This Samurai Edge translation, the Kaitai Guide and Umbrella Corps. Leave it to you Batman to get me interested in Resident Evil 7. I don’t appreciate that.

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September 12, 2017 at 7:25 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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USS Command at August 8, 2017 at 3:52 PM

Hell, I'll be honest, I think RE7 Chris is the only time I can use the word drastic, I'd use the word radical honestly. When they changed Ada in RE6 I did think "oh god who the fuck is this?" I though "Ada aged well scents 04." When Jill's face changed I wasnt to bother as it still looked like her. But this Chris looks nothing like Chris. Espesially after seeing Vendetta keep it consistent. If this changed happened after a few years with out seeing him in anything then I'd probably be more accepting, but there's still the problem with him being with umbrella. Doesn't matter if its a new good umbrella or not. Capcom's gotta pull some,great magic out of their asses to get me to swallow that pill.

I have to agree on Chris looking drastically different. Would anyone of recogonized him before saying "I'm Redfield"? I feel like Capcom kind of blew that reveal because when Chris unmasks himself, he should of been more recogonizable and we should of been stunned not confused and questioning is that really him when we first saw him and before the confirmations that it was him. From what Dusk Golem said, it sounded like they weren't happy and worried people wouldn't recogonize Chris, since this was outsourced/different people working on him. Since this model for Chris was already scanned and paid, it was too late to reconsider. Chris was not the whole game so it's not like they could get another model to scan just for a DLC and Chris only shows up at the end of 7. Maybe they'll improve on the model or scrap this one and use another model that is more recogonizable in future titles. 
 I'm just relieved the Chris/Not Chris debates are over and now getting a little more info on Not A Hero. I just hope we get a decent story out of it and something to look forward in future games. 

September 12, 2017 at 11:36 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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It is Umbrella in Umbrella Corps because the organisation has the exact same logo as they do in RE7. Added confirmation is that the Tokyo-Marui site explains the change of colours from red and white (as seen in Umbrella Corps) to blue and white (RE7) symbolises their post-reformation status. Basically the events of Umbrella Corps take place before the company was officially resurrected. This game shows they are still rotten to the core as they are testing weapons and acquiring BOW samples and training soldiers for future wars etc. There are also constant references to them wanting to ‘crush the BSAA’ and ‘destroy them’.



Chris’s unit do appear to be carrying Zombie Jammers as default equipment, but because the Molded are entirely different creatures with differing body compositions, the Jammers will likely not have any effect. Umbrella sold the Zombie Jammer to Shen-Ya. It is Shen-Ya’s own Special Forces that get decimated in Heavenly Island, nothing to do with HCF.



I don’t think Nadia’s gun has anything to do with Umbrella. It is possible, but everything at this time suggests Vendetta takes place before Umbrella is publically resurrected.



The rival company submitted an application to take control of Umbrella via the United States bankruptcy code. Basically when Umbrella was shut down in 2004, its remaining assets were frozen and placed in the custody of the U.S. Government. The rival company would have to pay a huge amount of money and complete business and corporate sanctions imposed on them by the government in order to get the application approved. They achieved this by handing over the anti-BOW technology to the BSAA. When the application was granted and prossessed, the government essentially released Umbrella’s assets to the rival company. I’m not an expert on such matters, but that is how I see it. Why the rival company want to resurrect Umbrella is unclear, but it was one of Wesker’s original goals. But for me the stage is slowly being set for all out war between Umbrella and the BSAA.



Personally I don’t think the executive in UC is as important as people are making him out to be. I think he is more of a red herring on Capcom’s part because it is obviously inferred to be Wesker himself which is impossible. It’s one thing to bring back Umbrella, but to bring back Wesker as well would just be a complete face palm. I don’t think they would sink that low.

September 13, 2017 at 6:58 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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The organisation in Umbrella Corps are complete bastards yeah. Amongst everything corrupt that you already mentioned add to the list that they kill their own employee’s. Abraham Jackson suddenly went missing when he began to look into the background of The Commander. Beatrice Bertrand also went missing when she failed in her mission to get 3A-7 killed in the Experiments. I never understood why they wanted to do that? The guy was obviously a great soldier and would be an excellent asset to have on your team. Why did they try so hard to kill him anyway? I get that it was the Researcher’s job to push them to their limits but they really seemed hell bent on getting rid of 3A-7 even putting him in unfair scenarios. Make’s sense how they would know about the Grim Reaper too. If this is the Rival Company they were probably aware of the Grim Reaper, they do not refer to him as Hunk because being Umbrella’s rival they would only know him as the guy that won’t die and Hunk probably went up against the Rival Company several times and killed a lot of their men, hence the nickname Grim Reaper.


Is it Shen-Ya now? I thought it was Sheng. Yes those guys got decimated. Very disappointed with their performance for a special forces team they got their asses handed to them.


Great assessment of the situation regarding Umbrella’s reformation. Sounds about right to me that it would go down that way. You have to question though if the Government had these assets why would The Family not be first in line to acquire them.

 

I don’t know I did not get that Wesker vibe from The Commander. I know a lot of people did but it could be anyone. My first guess was Nicholai but it does not have to be a former character and he does not have to play a huge role but would be nice if he played a role none the less. A side character in a game like Krauser, Sergei or Neil Fisher.

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September 13, 2017 at 2:32 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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I have another theory, Chris has actually betrayed the B.S.A.A and is working for Umbrella. Why?

Because he realises things were better of with Umbrella, he is caught in an endless fight due to black market dealers and reaches the conclussion that Umbrella would be able to control the situation monopolizing the B.O.W market and become the lesser of evils.

This theory won't be popular but, do you think it is possible?


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