Resident Evil fans have had mixed feelings recently after the announcement that neither Leon nor Claire’s voice actors will return for the Resident Evil 2 Remake. When asked by Game Rant, Ada Wong’s most recent voice actress has also confirmed that she will not be returning.
Courtenay Taylor previously portrayed the voice of Ada Wong in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil: Damnation. She spoke briefly regarding the issue in her tweet, explaining that she’d love to return as Ada Wong, but that Capcom’s strict use of non-union voice actors is preventing her from joining the Resident Evil 2 Remake. Unfortunately, this means that none of the core cast of Resident Evil 2 who have previously portrayed the characters will make an appearance in the Remake.
While most fans will most likely be pleased to play an entirely new rendition of Resident Evil 2 built from scratch regardless of its voice cast, it’s a thorn in the side of many other players. Gamers went so far as to create a petition to bring back Alyson Court as Claire in the Resident Evil 2 Remake, but it’s clearly gone unheeded.
“Unfortunately, no. I loved voicing Ada Wong and would happily do it again if a Union project comes around.”
Regardless of the reason, it’s hardly the first time that characters in the Resident Evil universe have had their voices recast. Just between Resident Evil 6, 7, and the recent animated film Resident Evil: Vendetta, Chris Redfield has had three completely different voice actors portray him, which led to some speculation that Redfield’s presence in Resident Evil 7 was a trick. However, Capcom has since denied those rumors, and the company is continuing to recast long-standing characters, even if their former voice actors are available to do the job. Ada has also had multiple voices in the games she’s starred in.
This problem is particularly unfortunate, considering that most gamers are looking for the full nostalgic experience with Resident Evil 2 and won’t be getting it, no matter how good the replacement voice actors are. While voice actors and the gaming industry have had their problems in the past, Capcom’s choice to ignore the wishes of their fans is disappointing.
Prior new dubs of long-loved games have received similar flack for this in the past; for example, Konami received a massive public outcry when it was learned that its remasters of Silent Hill 2 and 3 wouldn’t include the original voices. Konami was ultimately forced to back-peddle and include those voices with Silent Hill 2, so perhaps with enough complaints from the fans, there’s still hope that Capcom might do the same.
The Resident Evil 2 Remake currently does not have a release date.