So far, what we know about Resident Evil Village doesn’t really extend to returning characters. We know Ethan, Mia, and Chris are coming back, but who else?
Unfortunately, we only have rumors to go by. Some of those rumors seem more likely than others. That being said, you have to take everything with a grain of salt. We try our best to root out the more unlikely murmurs, but we’re only so good at it.
One of the biggest rumors going around is that The Duke could potentially be the Merchant from Resident Evil 4. This could be the case, but I’m not convinced. Likely, the only train of thought here is that the characters share a certain mercantile spirit. That being said, I wouldn’t necessarily consider it completely unlikely.
Another rumor, one that’s been circulating for a while, is that Claire and Barry could somehow return. This one spawned back when leaks were over-abundant. Again, I don’t know the likelihood of this one. However, given that Chris seems to be extremely important this time around, perhaps we’ll at least some flashbacks or memories.
Finally, it’s a possibility that, rather than a character returning, we might see a character type return. Many a fan think that the current Resident Evil Village thirst trap, Lady Dimitrescu, could actually be a Tyrant of some kind. This started early, but gained traction when she was shown to have deathly claws.
In this case, I’m much more likely to believe it. It’s become clear that Resident Evil Village will have repercussions that affect the series as a whole. The dev team wouldn’t be so excited to surprise us otherwise. With that in mind, I think it wouldn’t be weird if the village in question somehow held secrets of the beginnings of Umbrella.
As we creep closer to the May release of Resident Evil Village, the rumor/theory mill churns ever onward. In a couple of months’ time, we’ll know the facts for sure.