A Romanian Redditor and Resident Evil Village player has drawn attention to similarities between Castle Dimitrescu and its real-life counterpart. As the newest game in Capcom’s long-running survival horror series, Resident Evil Village tasks players with exploring a creepy village and surviving encounters with its supernatural inhabitants. The game combines the first-person perspective of its predecessor, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, with more combat-focused gameplay inspired by 2005’s Resident Evil 4.
Released on May 7, Resident Evil Village has received enormous praise from both critics and franchise fans. The game has been particularly lauded for its atmosphere, combat-focused gameplay, and wide variety of enemy monsters to face. The game has proven to be immediately popular, selling three million copies and making more than $180 million after just four days on the market.
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A Redditor by the name of u/Smooth_Skin_Operator has created a handy chart with comparisons between Resident Evil Village‘s iconic Castle Dimitrescu and its real-life inspiration Peles Castle. Castle Dimitrescu is the enormous and beautiful stronghold of Lady Dimitrescu, one of the game’s powerful vampiric antagonists, and her three daughters. Peles Castle, meanwhile, is a Neo-Renaissance castle located in Prahova County, Romania. The castle was built between 1873 and 1914 by King Carol I, the second monarch of Romania. u/Smooth_Skin_Operator, a Romanian fan of Resident Evil Village, posts several images which compare aspects of the two castles including their exterior designs and interior decor.
Lady Dimitrescu, the beautiful and deadly matriarch of Castle Dimitrescu, has quickly become an iconic antagonist due to her unique appearance and personality. This popularity has resulted in a number of tributes, such as a fan-made action figure commercial. The spoof commercial, created by IGN senior video editor Kevin Cappiello, draws attention to both Lady Dimitrescu’s impressive stature and her terrifying razor-sharp claws. The immense popularity of the Resident Evil Village antagonist has not been lost on developers and advertisers, either, as the character has frequently appeared in marketing material for the game. Lady Dimitrescu even made an appearance in an advertisement for Domino’s Pizza, which shows the cannibalistic creature preparing to feast on a pepperoni pizza.
Resident Evil Village managed to blow players away with its intense atmosphere and unique setting. The game brings the franchise, traditionally set in urban environments overrun by zombie hordes, into a small Gothic village teeming with werewolves, vampires and even more exotic monstrosities. Castle Dimitrescu is a particularly memorable part of the game, as are its inhabitants, and the unique beauty of Peles Castle was essential in bringing that setting to life.
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Resident Evil Village is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
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