The Resident Evil 4 remake has been widely praised for how faithful it is to the original title, but it also introduces significant changes in important areas. Several character models were redesigned for the remake, including, for example, Leon’s trusted partner Ashley. Instead of sticking with the original character, Capcom hired Dutch model Ella Freya to model Ashley’s face. As soon as you see her image, it should be glaringly obvious.
But despite the Resident Evil 4 remake sitting on store shelves for weeks, Ella hasn’t seen any copies or promotions of the title. To correct her teeth, she recently visited a game store in Japan to see herself featured on the cover of her game for the first time, and uploaded her vlog to her YouTube channel showing her own reaction. is as wholesome as you can imagine.
You can view the embedded video below. Mostly because Ella is actually searching for a place in Akihabara to buy a copy. Of course, PlayStation doesn’t have as much of a presence in Japan as it does in Western countries, so tracking games on the platform can be a bit trickier. Ella shows off how recognizable she is now, despite her seemingly recognizable appearance at certain points in her video.
Eventually, she tracks down some copies and finds herself nearly speechless in the game’s publicity and trailers. Her resemblance is clearly visible as she smiles before filming herself next to Ashley to grab a few copies for her efforts. You can actually hear the excitement in Ella’s voice especially, and on a wholesome level, Cascina Caradonna (Dina’s face model from The Last of Us Part 2) in 2020.
In other Resident Evil 4 news, despite the original game being released in 2005, fans are only discovering what happens to Leon’s iconic jacket after he is knocked out cold by Biotres Méndez in the opening. You can assume it just disappears or gets destroyed, but a separate how-to DLC reveals that Ganado actually took it and started wearing it. But he tries to attack Ada Wong, so maybe he’s not the smartest Ganado.
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