(Capcom's primary storyline)
Ark Thompson (アーク・トンプソン Āku Tompuson ) was an American private detective whose investigation of Umbrella Pharmaceuticals led to the bioweapons incident on Sheena Island.
Thompson infiltrated Sheena Island some time in October 1998, on the request of USSTRATCOM agent Leon S. Kennedy, a personal friend of his. It was suspected that Umbrella was performing illegal bioweapons research on the island, and discovering the nature of that research was important. Thompson's investigation took place during a deterioration in order on the island, with a secret investigation of Commander Vincent Goldman for criminal conduct being undertaken by loyalists to Umbrella HQ. When Thompson was seen impersonating Commander Goldman by a young child, Lott Klein, the commander was informed and came to the incorrect conclusion Thompson had been sent by HQ to obtain proof of his crimes and had the Tyrant Plant's bioweapons released into the town to eradicate its population as punishment. During the outbreak, Thompson infiltrated Umbrella's administrative building, and began destroying sensitive documents relating to B.O.W. research to prevent their seizure.[excerpt 1] He was caught in the act by Commander Goldman, who chased him to the helipad. Though Thompson was able to commandeer his helicopter, Goldman pursued him by grabbing hold of the landing skids. The helicopter soon after lost control and crashed into the town; Goldman himself was incapacitated after falling several storeys, while Thompson was rendered amnesiac.
Armed with a handgun, he travels back into the island's city, trying to explain what happened to him, finding an unconscious Vincent in a street, clutching the dog tags. This leads him to assume that the man on the ground is Ark. He finds the city overrun with zombies, using his gun to defend himself, but he presses on to discover the truth.
A phone call from Andy, coupled with photographs at Andy's workplace, convince Ark that he is really Vincent and thereby responsible for the horrible acts performed on the island. He also finds fellow survivors, Lott and Lily Klein, who both know the truth of his identity but refuse to trust him due to his fear to be "punished" by him for telling Vincent that he was a spy. He protects both children from the island's zombies, Tyrants and other creatures at numerous points, finally convincing Lott to confide in Ark about his identity. Ark's memories surge back, and he recalls his mission to put the Umbrella facility out of commission.
Ark and the Klein children locate an emergency helicopter in the facility, but a prototype for a new kind of Tyrant, named the Hypnos-T Type, stands between them. He manages to hold the beast off before joining the children in the helicopter, with the Hypnos-T Type in hot pursuit. Flying above the island, they discover the Tyrant managed to grasp onto the helicopter, attempting to kill the three inside. Ark then uses the chopper's missile launchers to finally obliterate the Tyrant, and he, Lott and Lily fly back towards the mainland.
In the game, Vincent Goldman grabs Ark's dog tags, but it is left unexplained why he would have dog tags, since he's a detective, although it is possible he is a former military man and simply kept his dog tags as a memento from his service. This, along with the fact Ark was able to successfully pilot an assault helicopter at the end of the game, suggests that he may have been attached to an Army aviation unit in his military career prior to 1998.
- Hamada, Katsumi (2000) (in Japanese). BIOHAZARD GUN SURVIVOR OFFICIAL GUIDEBOOK. Famitsu. ISBN 4-7572-0748-4.
- Excerpt from BIOHAZARD GUN SURVIVOR OFFICIAL GUIDEBOOK, p.124: "私立探偵を営む正義感あふれる青年で、 ラクーン市警に所属していたレオン・S・ケネディの友人。 レオンの依頼を受けて単身シーナ島に潜入し、 アンブレラの陰謀を探っていた。 アンブレラビルで遂に悪魔の計画を突き止めた彼は研究成果の一部を破壊することに成功したものの、 島の司令官であるビンセント本人に追い詰められる。 アークはヘリコプターを奪って逃走したが、 ビンセントの執拗な追跡にヘリを墜とされ、 その際に記憶を失なってしまった。 シーナ島潜入直後、 調査のために、 下水道管理者であるアンディに自分のことをビンセント司令官と偽ったのが裏目に出て、 記憶を失なったあと付け狙われるはめとなる。"
- BIOHAZARD GUN SURVIVOR OFFICIAL GUIDEBOOK, p.124.
- Capcom. Resident Evil Survivor. (Capcom, Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. Where... where am I? I... I don't remember anything. Who am I?
- Capcom. Resident Evil Survivor. (Capcom, Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. My head aches and I can't remember anything... My only hope is this gun. I must remember. I must survive.
- Capcom. Resident Evil Survivor. (Capcom, Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. You... you look familiar, but I just can't remember where. "Ark Thompson", huh? Though I can't remember anything, I know this was no way for anyone to die.
- Capcom. Resident Evil Survivor. (Capcom, Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. Andy: 'Vincent'
Ark: 'Vincent? Who's that? Wait... am I Vincent?'
Andy: 'Vincent, you are a murderer. A murderer!'
Ark: 'A murderer? What are you talking about? Answer me. Who did I kill?
- Capcom. Resident Evil Survivor. (Capcom, Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. File: Sewer Caretaker, Andy's Diary. "When I took a picture of him as a souvenir, he became very angry... He is such a jerk!" (記念に1枚ってノリで写真を1枚撮ってやったら、すごく怒りやがった。噂どおりの嫌な奴だった。)
- Capcom. Resident Evil Survivor. (Capcom, Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. "A picture? No. This is me. I am Vincent. It was all my fault." (写真！？そんな！俺はやっぱり人殺しの / ビンセントだったのか！)
- Capcom. Resident Evil Survivor. (Capcom, Eidos Interactive). PlayStation. Ark: "Who are you?" (誰だお前は！？)
Lott: "Wait, please don't kill me. I didn't know anything about you then." (お願い、殺さないで！おれは仕方がなかったんだ！)
Ark: "Stop!" (待っんだ！)