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The origins of Lady Dimitrescu, the sensation of Resident Evil Village

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Who is Alcina Dimitrescu? We delve into Japanese legends and Hungarian aristocracy to discover the inspirations behind the character who has stolen the hearts (and blood) of Resident Evil Village fans.

If you have visited the Internet in the last few days, it is impossible that you do not know her: she is wearing a dress almost as white as her skin, she has a terrifying smile and is about three meters (approximately). We are talking, of course, about Lady Alcina Dimitrescu, the villain of Resident Evil Village who has only taken a few seconds on screen (literally) to conquer the entire community.

Of course, perhaps the effect she’s achieving is the exact opposite of what Capcom was trying to make us feel (or maybe not?), but whether you’re terrified of her or dream of her stepping on you, it’s clear that Lady Dimitrescu has every chance of becoming one of the most iconic villains in the Resident Evil series.

At first glance, everything points to her being a vampire, especially if we take into account the clues left by the Maiden demo, the encounter with one of her daughters (who also has a good legion of fans), or the fact that Resident Evil Village is based on European folklore. But what is really behind Lady Dimitrescu, and what materials have Capcom’s artists used to design her?

Hachishakusama

And first, we have to go to the source of it all: Japan. There, among all the urban legends that exist about spirits (or yokais), one of the most popular refers to the Hachishakusama, a name that could be translated as “two and a half meters tall”. This detail immediately makes us think of Lady Dimitrescu, but it doesn’t end there.

Her appearance is also very similar to that of the villain in Resident Evil 8 Village, as she is often described as a woman with long black hair wearing a white dress and hat. She is also said to have a deep, almost masculine voice and continuously repeats a “po po po po po po” sound.

Legend has it that the Hachishakusama spies on young children, chasing them for days (or even months), and the moment she stops… she abducts him to take him away from his family and eventually murder him. If she has served as an inspiration for Lady Dimitrescu, the latter may give us a clue as to her role as an enemy in the game: will she relentlessly pursue Ethan throughout the story? Is Lady Dimitrescu the Mr. X/Nemesis of Resident Evil Village?

Erzsébet Báthory

And if you found that disturbing, wait until you hear about the inspiration based on a real character: Erzsébet Báthory was a Hungarian noblewoman who lived from 1560 to 1614. As well as being part of one of the most influential families of the time, Erzsébet has become known as the murderess who took the most lives in the history of mankind.

And no, we are not talking about a legend or a myth: nearly 300 people testified about Erzsebet’s cruel practices which included beatings, burns, mutilation of limbs and biting the skin off the face, arms, and other parts of the body, and she is suspected of practicing cannibalism. Victims were often young girls, aged between 10 and 14.

She was arrested in December 1610 together with four servants (Dorotya, Ilona, Katarína, and János) accused of being her collaborators. Mutilated bodies and dead or half-dead imprisoned women were found in her castle. Her punishment? She was sentenced to what today would be house arrest (the laws of the time were… different). She died in her castle, aged 54, but to this day the whereabouts of her body remains unknown.

And hold on, here comes the interesting part: the story of Erzsébet’s tortures and murders grew over the years to become part of the national folklore, acquiring a vampiric aspect along the way.

She was said to bathe in the blood of virgins to preserve her youth, and some believe that the true inspiration behind the Dracula of Bram Stoker’s novel is to be found in Erzsébet Bathory, hence her nicknames such as “Bloody Countess” or “Countess Dracula”. On the other hand, her collaborators have become part of the legend, no longer servants of the castle but three witches in the service of the Countess.

Sound familiar? It’s almost word for word the background of Lady Dimitrescu: a woman with vampiric tendencies who lives in a castle in Romania with three witches and a man (her brother, in the case of Resident Evil Village), and whose hobby is to capture the maidens of the area.

There is no doubt that Capcom has drawn inspiration from the legend of Erzsébet Bathory when creating Lady Dimitrescu.

What did you think, are you looking forward to meeting Lady Dimitrescu in person? Remember that Resident Evil Village will be released on May 7th for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

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Horizon Forbidden West would be delayed to 2022

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Horizon Forbidden West would be delayed to 2022

Horizon Forbidden West will be pushed back to 2022, according to insider Jeff Grubb’s sources. A few months ago, Sony itself said that they were not sure of its release date, as its development was affected by the pandemic.

The Horizon Forbidden West release date is one of the big unknowns of the year, keeping PlayStation users on edge. Although it was always planned as a 2021 game, at the game’s last State of Play, in May, it had no release date. The reason is that he had not yet been able to specify the date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sony’s Hermen Hulst himself explained how the complications of working on the pandemic had greatly affected the development of their games, and for that reason, they did not promise to give a date that could fall short, as happened with God of War, officially delayed to 2022 .

According to well-known journalist and insider Jeff Grubb, unfortunately, Guerrilla Games would not have been able to reach the goal of the end of 2021, and Horizon Forbidden West would have been delayed to 2022. That has commented on a program of the podcast Giant Bomb.

Grubb himself responded to one of the Reddit posts echoing the rumor, clarifying that the delay ” is something you’ve been hearing about,” but it’s not certain. What Grubb contends is that based on what he has heard from his sources, they believe the game will be delayed to 2022, but he can’t say so (or at least, Grubb’s sources couldn’t confirm 100%).

Grubb also said he expects there to be the State of Play in September, without specifying whether it is exclusive to the Guerrilla game or general. But given the way the summer is playing, full of delays, it could be the rumored event for August, which finally takes place in September, and in which Sony finally reveals its plans for the next few months.

At that rumored PlayStation summer event (be it August or finally September) it is very likely that we will see a new God of War trailer, something that several insiders have also claimed.

“We’re on our way to launch this holiday season. But it’s still not entirely certain, and we’re working as hard as possible to get it confirmed as soon as we can,” said Hermen Hulst last June, the head of PlayStation Studios (and coincidentally, formerly a Guerrilla employee).

The new waves of coronavirus could make that goal difficult, so if Horizon 2 finally ends up being delayed to 2022, it would be a disappointment, but something perfectly natural and understandable.

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The Ascent does not have Ray-Tracing on Xbox Series X | S

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The Ascent does not have Ray-Tracing on Xbox Series X | S

Neon Giant’s new title was released yesterday July 29 both in digital stores and Game Pass. The Ascent has received very good reviews in general, both in the press and among users, thanks to its excellent visual level, its cyberpunk setting, or its gameplay that draws from the Action RPG. Some users had a doubt about a graphical feature of the title on consoles, and Neon Giant has had to clarify that The Ascent does not have Ray-Tracing on Xbox X Series X|S, leaving the PC version as the only one that has.

In an interview, the creative director of the title, Tor Frick, confirmed that the only version that has the Ray-Tracing option is the PC version, leaving out of the equation the Xbox consoles, both current and previous generation.

Even with the lack of this option, the Xbox versions look great, and the omission of Ray-Tracing won’t be much mourned by Xbox users. The Ascent is now available for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, also available on Game Pass.

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Sony launches beta for the console that allows the installation of external cards

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Sony launches beta for the console that allows the installation of external cards

One of the most requested features by the PlayStation 5 community is the ability to expand storage capacity. Sony’s next-generation console has an SSD that many users consider insufficient and therefore want to install their own card.

With no date announced, Sony promised that this feature would arrive in the future and now it seems that it is closer than ever. The Japanese company has published a guide on its website in which it announces that a beta update already includes this possibility.

It is key to emphasize that only users who are in the beta phase of the console will be able to introduce an M.2 SSD, a function that will arrive in “an upcoming software update.”

Among the details that are included to determine the compatibility of this SSD card, it is shown that it must be Gen4 x4 M.2, its capacity can range between 250GB and 4TB and a reading speed of 5,500 MB / s or faster is recommended.

When will this update arrive for everyone? The doubt remains since it could be in the next firmware update if everything goes well or maybe we have to wait for more. Sony has the last word.

More features for the latest beta

From The Verge, they reveal that other features are being tested in this beta. For example, 3D audio support is being implemented for integrated TV speakers. To achieve an optimal configuration, DualSense will be in charge of measuring the acoustics of the room and applying the ideal measures.

Improvements are also added to the Game Base sections or the Control Center, being able to reorganize or write direct messages to friends. On the other hand, it seems that we will try to tackle the problem when it comes to differentiating which version of a title we are playing, whether the PS4 or the PS5. They will appear separately, both at the start and in the library, and correspondingly indicating which consoles they correspond to.

The PlayStation Now service will add the option to switch between resolutions between 720p or 1080p, which had already been announced a few months ago.

First SSD drives compatible with PS5

The Seagate company has announced the arrival of new units for its SSDs, which in this case contain the peculiarity of already being compatible with the new generation console. FireCuda 530 NVMe m.2 is the name given to this device, which has been developed through collaboration with Sony. The prices will be the following:

  • 500GB: $ 149.99.
  • 1TB: $ 254.99.
  • 2TB: $ 514.99.
  • 4TB: $ 999.99.
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