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Irrational Games divided the gaming audience over the weekend with the Big Reveal of its box art for BioShock Infinite. While earlier games in the series focussed on the bad guys - specifically, the Big Daddy character - the art's taken a new direction for Infinite, with a ruggedly-handsome Booker DeWitt front and centre. Fans hoping for a little more Elizabeth will have to turn the case over, with the sidekick appearing in a slightly new form on the back.
While gamers protested the "generic" features of DeWitt, his pose, and the design in general, Irrational may be looking to distract them with this new-ish Elizabeth. Her slightly more human features are actually an amalgam - taking elements of the computer-designed character and blending them with Russian cosplayer Anna "Ormeli" Moleva.
Bossman Ken Levine explains:
We were so amazed by her dedication and her resemblance to Elizabeth that we decided to ask her if she’d like to be involved in helping bring Elizabeth to life in our box, our key art and our upcoming television ad.
Happily, Anna agreed, and is now "the official face of Elizabeth!".
To celebrate, the cosplayer took a few moments for a Q&A session with the Infinite developer, where she discusses a little about her history (first video game cosplay character? Elika from Prince of Persia), and explains why she decided to dress up as Elizabeth:
I had no other choice! :D As soon as I saw her, I knew I HAD to do it! I love the first two parts of BioShock, so ever since Infinite was announced I followed the promotion campaign. Then when Liz’s appearance was finalized – and I saw what I think is a remarkable resemblance between us – I as a cosplayer couldn’t just ignore it. It was really hard, because cosplay isn’t just about recreating the appearance. It’s about acting, portraying the character as a whole. At the moment, we knew very little – almost nothing – about her as a character (in fact, we don’t know much now, either). So I’m really glad that everything worked out for me.
Anna, who will make "special appearances" at select events, joins a growing list of cosplayers who have become the official face of a game - Jessica Nigri became Juliet, the blonde cheerleader from Lollipop Chainsaw, and Yasemin Arslan was hand-picked to become Lilith the Siren in Borderlands 2, even scoring a cinematic role in the game.
BioShock Infinite is due on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on February 26 2013.
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