Fans wanting to play Jill in Resident Evil again will have to settle with the Death Island movie for now
You can watch but you can’t play.
The Resident Evil series surprised fans recently by revealing a new trailer for their next CGI movie, Resident Evil: Death Island. The preview has everything that players could want, including the return of Chris Redfield, Leon S. Kennedy, and everyone’s favorite sandwich — Jill Valentine. It is no secret that fans have been basically begging Capcom to see Jill Valentine in a main Resident Evil game again, but they might have to settle with the movie for now. Former Resident Evil producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi has revealed on Twitter that Jill is the main protagonist in the Death Island movie.
Franchise fans are questioning the truth of this claim, seeing as how Jill is only shown briefly at the end of the trailer. Furthermore, the plot synopsis doesn’t even mention Jill by name. According to the film’s brief description, Leon S. Kennedy is on a mission to rescue Dr. Antonio Taylor from kidnappers when a mysterious woman thwarts his pursuit. Meanwhile, Chris Redfield is investigating a zombie outbreak in San Francisco. Unless Jill is this mysterious young woman, the preview will make it seem like the typical boy duo is leading the charge again.
Jill Valentine hasn’t been featured as a main character in the Resident Evil series since Resident Evil 3. She also had a brief outing on a cruise ship in Resident Evil Revelations. She was present in Resident Evil 5 but wasn’t a playable character until the DLC, which was a short prequel teaser. Players did get to reunite with her for the Resident Evil 3 Remake, but a movement is spreading to see her back in action and continue her narrative arc.
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Capcom has loved to recycle Chris and Leon over many games and chose to include Ethan as the new main character for Resident Evil 7 and Village. While there is still hope for fans to be blessed with Jill as the main character in the unannounced Resident Evil 9, Death Island will have to do for now.