Faced with the waves of blue thumbs attributed to Lady Dimitrescu, great villain of Resident Evil Village (May 7, 2021), the Capcom team has decided to give their fans something to grind.
Fan arts, cosplays, secrets, Romanian origins, the big bad of Resident Evil Village makes a lot of ink flow since the game’s first trailer. We recently learned that his surname, which sounds very Romanian, suggests that the universe of this Resident Evil could take place in Romania, and more particularly in Transylvania, region associated with the myth of Dracula, the Gothic sphere and vampirism. On the other hand, the currency used seems to be the Leu, pluralized “Lei” – if we are to believe the screenshots of the inventory – which corresponds to the current currency in the country. In addition, the settings and the atmosphere of the game do not betray this idea, and several writings go in this direction.
THE Inspirations behind Lady Dimitrescu and her universe
The charismatic Alcina Dimitrescu is already validated, and almost generated her own fanbase in a few months, even before the game’s release. The development team is the first surprise: “I don’t think anyone on the team could have predicted the wonderful fan reaction to Lady Demitrescu. I was personally struck by the comments that said things like “I want her to chase me.”, explained Tomonori Takano, Creative Director of Resident Evil Village and creator of Lady Dimitrescu.
Faced with all this enthusiasm, Capcom decided to lift the veil a little on the baroness and her incarnation in the universe. Tomonori Takano revealed to IGN that he was inspired by the theme of gothic horror, its castles and vampires, as well as protagonists like Elizabeth Báthory, a 16th century Hungarian countess, characters from Japanese urban legends or Morticia Addams from the Addams Family in the 90s. However, not limited to these established cannons either. Indeed, he also speaks of elements relating to the period of the Great Depression that occurred in 1929.
In the early planning stages of the game, we decided to take on the castles and vampires. That being said, we didn’t want to be limited by the way vampires were portrayed in various forms of popular entertainment. “
According to Tomonori Takano still, Lady Dimitrescu looks like her first draft: “The very first concept art I drew was the scene in the trailer where Lady Demitrescu bends down to go under a door. From that moment on, I knew I was going to have to do this scene “.
There is no doubt that Capcom had to reinvent itself after a “zombie” bestiary deemed outdated, redundant, and less and less scary.
Source: Hitek : actualité geek et tests high tech by hitek.fr.
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