Resident Evil 7 Concept Art Shows a Blonde Chris Redfield and Cut Characters

Resident Evil 7 Concept Art Shows a Blonde Chris Redfield and Cut Characters

The art is taken from the Japanese making-of book.

Later this year, a Resident Evil 7 'making of' book will finally be translated and published in English. One page of the document appears to have surfaced online in its original Japanese language, and it shows both cut characters and an even more different Chris Redfield than the one that appeared in the game.

You can see the page from the Japanese version of the Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Document File just below from Reddit, which was originally published in 2017. On the second-to-bottom row, you can see a Chris Redfield with blonde-white hair, a stark difference to how the character originally appeared at the conclusion of the game itself. Yes, concept art is often wildly different from the finished product, but it's still an intriguing variation on the storied character nonetheless.

The full page from the Document File. | Capcom

Even the finalized version of Chris Redfield was a huge difference to how the character previously appeared in Resident Evil, and that version didn't have blonde hair. Chris's redesign was the subject of much debate among Resident Evil fans at launch, with some believing that it was actually an imposter and not the real Redfield (there's never been any evidence to solidify these theories, however).

Chris Redfield in Resident Evil 7's Not A Hero DLC. | Capcom

There's a litany of additional character designs on the page, including some that didn't make it into the final game. Resident Evil 7 designers have already spoken in the video below about having to cut the dog (called Diane), which would have originally appeared at the dinner table scene near the beginning of the game.

Additionally, there's an unknown boy called Remi near the bottom of the page. There never was a small boy present in Resident Evil 7, but the small girl next to him called Samara (nice Ring reference there, Capcom), is likely the character called Eveline, revealed to be the chief antagonist of the game.

Currently, Resident Evil Biohazard Document File will be published in December 2020 in North America and Europe. It's available to buy right now in Japanese, and it should be filled with some concept art that's already been released by Capcom, like the art of the dog and other cut characters that you can see on the very left of the image from Reddit.

Further on the horizon is Resident Evil Village (or Resident Evil 8, Capcom's still working that one out). Chris Redfield will return with another slight redesign, looking even more beefier than the time he literally punched a boulder, as will Resident Evil 7 protagonist Ethan Winters, who really can't catch a break.

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