Sooo... All this Barret stuff and having to build the rocket is only for the prequel/prototype, while the rest picks up from the rocket either being 10% or with Rock on Elysium? Does Barret have any bearing or relevance to the main story at all? I really wonder.
I'm sure he does. I doubt they would create a character solely for a prequel scenario, especially given that the "Prototype Version" is rooted in the build that the development team submitted for their green-light meeting. And even if that was the case, why then would they be giving unique abilities to a stand-in?
Barrett's going to be sticking around. He's almost certainly the "censored" character from Aero's early descriptions. So if she's in, he's in.