As the primary anniversary of Resident Evil 4 Remake approaches, the sport’s producer has addressed lingering questions relating to The Darkside Chronicles, clarifying whether or not or not a sure chapter within the 2009 on-rails shooter is taken into account canon to the present fundamental story of Resident Evil.
In an e-mail interview with IGN, Resident Evil 4 Remake producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi clarified whether or not or not Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles is taken into account canon to the Resident Evil universe. Particularly, the in-game state of affairs titled “Operation Javier” focuses on Leon Kennedy and his first mission as an agent for the USA authorities along with his accomplice, Jack Krauser.
Warning: Potential spoiler for the tip of the Resident Evil 4 remake under:
Resident Evil followers are seemingly accustomed to Operation Javier because the occasions of that mission performed a key function in Jack Krauser and his disdain for each Leon and the U.S. authorities. Whereas the mission was indirectly talked about within the unique Resident Evil 4, the 2023 remake references Operation Javier in the direction of the tip.
When requested about Darkside Chronicles’ standing as a canonical entry within the Resident Evil lore, Hirabayashi clarified that whereas Operation Javier itself is canon to the Resident Evil universe, the occasions depicted in Darkside Chronicles will not be precisely the identical as these depicted within the remake.
“The truth that ‘Operation Javier’ occurred is in actual fact half of the present Resident Evil fundamental story. Nevertheless, as to what that mission was, it is not precisely the identical because the occasions portrayed in Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles,” Hirabayashi advised IGN. “I can not share the small print, however you’ll find that the connection between Leon and Krauser, in addition to their conversations, provide you with some thought!”
For years, Resident Evil followers usually mentioned whether or not or not the on-rails spin-off video games the Umbrella and Darkside Chronicles are thought of canon to the Resident Evil lore. Each video games launched in 2007 and 2009 as exclusives on the Wii earlier than getting ported onto the PS3, present retellings of among the mainline Resident Evil video games, comparable to Resident Evil 0 and Code Veronica. Each video games additionally had unique eventualities not present in different Resident Evil video games, comparable to Operation Javier.
In our assessment of Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, we mentioned: “The rail shooter style won’t ever be the true Resident Evil expertise, however Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles reveals that the franchise will be spun out into completely different, profitable types of gameplay. Even with my complaints in regards to the bouncy digital camera, I imagine this follow-up is a considerably higher expertise than the unique Umbrella Chronicles and one enjoyable experience from begin to end.”
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