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Resident Evil Village Boss Design ‘Stolen’, Filmmaker Says

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Dutch filmmaker Richard Raaphorst has accused Capcom of ‘stealing’ his monster design for Resident Evil Village. The creature in question is, of course, Sturm, who makes an appearance around the mid-way portion of the game. Unfortunately for Capcom, the propeller-inspired foe ticks several characteristics from the 2013 Dutch horror flick, Frankenstein’s Army.

Looking to LinkedIn to fuse his outrage, Raaphorst hashtagged a post with both “#plagiarism” and “#copyright” sewn into the draft. Along with the post, the director also slotted in a side by side comparison of the two creatures. And, well, it’s fair to say that we see where the influences stem from.

“In 2013 I directed my film Frankenstein’s Army,” Raaphorst wrote. “It’s a crazy monster movie filled with my own creature designs, one of which has been used – completely without authorization or credit in the newest Resident Evil game.”

Raaphorst revealed the similarities between the two monsters.

As well as the propeller-torso and overall mannerisms of the Village monster being similar to the Dutch flick, the gameplay also revolves around setting fire to the mechanism — as seen in Frankenstein’s Army. But if that wasn’t enough to spark fury in the creator’s heart, then it was probably the Twitter users who sought to compare further characters from the latest Resident Evil game that pushed to shove.

Along with Sturm, users have also pointed out several other creatures that share similarities to those seen in Frankenstein’s Army. Unfortunately, as it stands, Capcom has not shed a light on the accusations, nor have they looked to reach out to Raaphorst to serve credit where it’s due. That said, we’ll be keeping an eye to see where the conflict takes the two parties. Here’s hoping both factions reach a peaceful resolution before the year’s out.

Resident Evil Village released on May 7th on Xbox, PlayStation, Stadia and PC. It is currently racking up over 100,000 concurrent players — overlapping the figures from the 2019 Resident Evil 2 remake.

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Jord is an aspiring journalist and self-published author, as well as a lover of all things gaming and media.

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