Lady Dimitrescu, the gigantic vampire lady who’s amassed a fandom ahead of Resident Evil 8, will seemingly be a version of the Resident Evil games’ stalker enemies.
In our exclusive hands-on with the first 5 hours of the game, we discovered that Lady Dimitrescu (and her three daughters) will be patrolling the game’s Castle area at all times, and in real-time. Oh, and as if her reach isn’t already good enough, she has giant claws, too. As she roams the castle – which, of course, is designed like a maze – she’ll laugh if she spots you, and stride towards you, slowly but surely, extracting her claws to strike.
The experience looks to be a mixture of the Baker family in Resident Evil 7, and the imposing size and relentlessness of Mr. X in the Resident Evil 2 remake – and that’s to say nothing of the Dimitrescu sisters, who’ll eventually offer mini-boss fights to remove them.
While Dimitrescu’s imposing height makes her more of an “in-your-face” kind of fear, her daughters are more agile and elusive. This makes them terrifying differently because they have a tendency of sneaking up on you when you least expect it.
Stalking enemies in Resident Evil are a hallmark of the series and stretch all the way back to the original game. Lady Dimitrescu stands out, literally. Jokes aside, despite Dimitrescu’s popularity on the web you still best be keeping away from her and her daughters if you want to survive your time in Resident Evil Village. Getting caught over and over again will really mess with your speedrun.
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Check out IGN’s full hands-on Resident Evil Village preview for our take after five full hours dodging Lady Dimitrescu. And check out the rest of our IGN First coverage for Resident Evil.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.