One of my favorite parts about gaming is learning about the pros and cons of development and especially the plot points that may have been changed before starting. “The Tragedy of Ethan Winters”, an extensive digital art book included in the collector’s edition of Resident Evil Village, features a lot of those juicy details, including the appearance of franchise antihero Ada Wong in an early version of the story and unused concepts for the game’s villains.
Ada Wong is one of the most enigmatic characters in resident Evil Lore. She has appeared frequently throughout the series and has helped the protagonists for as long as she deems necessary before finally double-crossing them to accomplish her own goals. According to the developers, there were early plans to include Ada Resident Evil Village as the “mysterious masked person” whom Ethan saves when he first meets the four lords. She wanted to conduct her own investigation into the village but was eventually removed from the game due to “a number of conflicting scenarios”.
In official works of art, Ada is depicted as a villainous figure wearing a plague doctor mask and swinging a crossbow.
This design can also be seen in early storyboards showing Ada coming to Ethan’s aid and allowing him to escape the four lords. She played a similar role in Resident Evil 4, Save Leon Kennedy from the early antagonist Bitores Mendez.
Lady Dimitrescu cuts a remarkable figure, but she wasn’t always the stylish giantess we know and love Resident Evil Village. In an early draft, the “charming vampire” brandished giant secateurs to chase Ethan through her castle, perhaps as a tribute to Scissorman from the Bell tower franchise.
The rest of the game’s villains have gone through similar changes. Donna Beneviento was originally a whole ghost family with “wafer-thin parents” and “children who wear strange masks”. Moreau was always a “disgusting man,” but early sketches showed him with a parasite on his back who used to be a girl he loved. And Heisenberg was not conceived as a loner in his factory, but rather as twins who experimented on their older mother.
Before Capcom chose Mother Miranda as the matriarch of the title settlement, Resident Evil Village At the end of his adventure there were some very different great evils waiting. The first was an unnamed leader of the region’s religion who transformed into a dragon-like creature that was eventually used in Lady Dimitrescu’s boss fight. The second was Heisenberg’s biological father, whose mechanical mutation was also used for the boss fight with Heisenberg in the final release.
Similar to that Resident Evil 4 Dealers he refersThe Duke is perhaps the most mysterious part of Resident Evil Village. In the final game, he’s just a big guy who follows Ethan, buys treasures, and prepare delicious meals, but early drafts had cast him down as the fifth lord of the village. Either way, The Duke was always planned as a chunky guy to be decided by Capcom that its artists could be more creative with designs.
Resident Evil VillageThe art book is full of pretty little tidbits like this one. Lightning round! There were plans to switch history between modern times and the Middle Ages. Early safe room designs used a camera instead of a typewriter as storage points. The old lady version of Mother Miranda was originally the one that the Four Gentlemen followed. Miranda was just a humble researcher at one point in development. The early conceptual art of Lycan “birth” shows that they are trapped in the shape and emerge like a snappy butterfly. And there was once a great Lycan who controlled two of them Villagewolf-like vârcolac enemies.
Angry! Now that I’ve caught my breath, do yourself a favor and watch The Tragedy Of Ethan Winters if you happened to get the Collector’s Edition. It’s a wonderful look back at the development of this fascinating game. And I haven’t even addressed everything Resident Evil 7 Conceptual art that offers a similarly deep insight into how this game was made. We hope Capcom will have a physical release at some point because I’ll be first in line.