I'm curious to know what others think about the presence of Allyson.
Did Capcom just happen to randomly come up with a twentysomething blonde girl in distress in Kijuju? Why was she included? Was it a wise move?
Everyone thought she was Sherry (though I heard the same thing happened with Ashley in RE4, although I do not know how early in the development of RE4 images of Ashley were released to the public eye) from the minute we saw a picture of her. But the idea of Sherry popped up from the time the first picture came out of Jill in the stasis tube. People were certain that Sherry was being experimented on by Wesker.
Did Capcom catch wind of the rampant fan speculation, and thus build the model for Allyson to add fuel to the fire? Or was it purely coincidence like dumbo-earred blonde Ashley Graham?
Am I giving Capcom too much credit in perhaps concocting such a devious scheme?
And isn't the presence of a young blonde girl, being victim to savages in Africa just a little risque? Sure, hardcore fans who read Adam's blog know who she is, but the general gaming public probably has no idea whatsoever other than random blonde girl victimized in evil way. I mean, her status isn't explained in any other way than the blog. What was the significance of that scene? We'd seen it before in the very first encounter of the game.
Yet it was shown again, on a young blonde woman. I have to think Capcom threw her in there to give hardcore fans the hope that Sherry Birkin would make her return.
Even I, who guessed Jill as Mystery Woman almost a year ago, thought until the very end that Allyson was indeed Sherry. I'm still disappointed that it was not indeed her...
Anyway - what do you all think? Is there any significance to Allyson? Was she an intentional red herring of sorts? Or just a random coincidence?