Lady Dimitrescu will be playable in the upcoming Mercenaries mode in the Resident Evil Village expansion. Still, to get her into a playable state the developers at Capcom had to pull a few tricks, including shrinking her just a smidge.
In an interview with Polygon, Resident Evil Village Winters’ Expansion director Kento Kinoshita revealed that the team wanted to keep Lady Dimitrescu’s core attributes when turning her into a playable character, namely her height.
And while she will be taller than any other character in Mercenaries mode, they did shrink her from her canonical nine-foot-six-inch height.
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“Lady Dimitrescu’s height brought up a lot of challenges during development, but in the end we were able to implement her with a giant stature, taller than any of the other characters,” Kinoshita revealed.
“For The Mercenaries, it’s necessary that the player can control their character easily, and to make that possible e did adjust her height to a little under nine feet tall.” Kinoshita says that at that height “the player just barely avoids bumping into the ceiling.”
The Mercenaries mode has long been a popular bonus game in the Resident Evil series where you can play as various Resident Evil characters in a high-score time trial mode. Alongside Dimitriscu, players can also select Heisenberg or Chris Redfield.
Each character will also have unique abilities. Alongside Dimitrescu’s size, she can throw furniture at enemies, while Heisenberg can use his magnetic force as a close-range attack.
The Winters Expansion will be released on October 27. Alongside The Mercenaries, the expansion adds third-person mode and the new story DLC Shadows of Rose. Check out IGN’s review of Resident Evil Village for our thoughts on the latest Resident Evil game before the expansion drops.
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