Lady Dimitrescu, the towering 9’6 “vampire villain from Resident Evil Village, has cast a shadow over social media since fans realized she was well, very tall. It’s probably the best marketing publisher Capcom could have ever hoped for – but it’s predictable, ahem, thirst response? According to art director Tomonori Takano, it’s all quite surprising.
“I do not believe anyone [on the team] could have predicted how fantastic fans have reacted to Lady Dimitrescu, “he said, as part of an interview with IGN. “Personally, I was particularly struck by comments such as:”
There’s more to Lady Dimitrescu than just her frame – she’s not really your typical vampire. Her fashion sense is more Edwardian than directly Gothic, and while her yellow eyes give her other world-famous qualities, she is glamorous – a recent trailer shows, for example, that she wears make-up! This is of course all by design.
“In the early stages of planning, we decided to continue [a] castles and vampires, ”Takano continued. “However, we did not want to be limited by how vampires have been portrayed in various forms of popular entertainment.” Lady Dimitrescu is then more seductive and stylish – she is apparently inspired by real people like Elizabeth Báthory, a 16th century Hungarian serial killer.
Capcom’s art department is among the best in the industry, so it’s no real surprise that it managed to capture the imagination of players again with another memorable character design. However, Lady Dimitrescu’s star status is unique – it’s going to be fascinating to learn more about her when the game launches later this year.