Mutated Steve is the informal name given to the monstrous mutation that Steve Burnside
entered when he was infected by the t-Veronica virus by Alexia Ashford
who at the time was also infected with the virus herself.
He became infected when he and Claire Redfield
were captured by Alexia where she made the decision to experiment with the virus on Steve. As the infection began to rapidly take hold of his body he grew massively in height and became a raging monster.
Unable to see through its rage, the monster grabbed a nearby two-handed axe and began to advance on Claire, intending to kill her with the weapon.
As the t-Veronica virus had not had enough time to bond with his body perfectly, its hold on him was incomplete. Thus, Steve managed to recover his consciousness through the void and just before he was about to deliver a killing blow to Claire, he managed to avoid hitting her and instead he split one of Alexia’s tentacles (Alexia-Pod
) in two.
This enraged Alexia and so she directed the tentacle to stab Steve through the chest which caused him critical damage.
The t-Veronica virus seemingly reversed at this point. It is unknown what exactly transpired but essentially Steve’s mutations disappeared rapidly and he returned to his prior human self. It’s theorised that either Steve’s strong mind was enough to defeat the virus or Alexia nullified the virus from his body in the tentacle attack which would most likely kill him due to his severe injuries.
’s body was left to be incinerated in an explosion which occurred later. However Albert Wesker
managed to locate his body and collect it to use for research into the t-Veronica virus, especially as it is entirely likely that he had the virus and virus antibodies in his system which was a considered a win win. Plus the fact that Steve managed to return some semblance of his former self was thought impossible at that stage.