Along with the Resident Evil 2 remake’s updated graphics, fans have noticed the game’s leads have an entirely different look from the original 1998 characters. That’s because Capcom used real-world models to create the new versions of Leon, Claire, and others, and now we know who they are.
Three of the models that were hired to have their faces scanned into the upcoming survival horror game have stepped forward on social media to share which of the Resident Evil 2 characters’ looks they inspired. It’s important to note, though, that they are the face models and aren’t the actors that will be portraying the characters in the game.
First up, fashion model Eduard Badaluta gave the new version of Leon S. Kennedy his chiseled jawline and striking eyes. In a post on his personal Instagram account, which you can see below, Badaluta thanked fans for the support and hoped they enjoyed the game.
As for the other hero in Resident Evil 2, Claire Redfield, her looks were modeled after Jordan McEwan. The model recently confirmed her involvement on Instagram as well. Though she’s since deleted her comment, a Spanish-language RE fansite saved a screencap of the comment and shared it on Twitter. McEwan also revealed the face scanning process took place two years ago.
— Resident Evil Center (@re_center) July 7, 2018
In addition, YouTuber Patrick Levar was revealed to be the face model for the Raccoon City police officer that gives Leon the rundown on the zombie outbreak, Marvin Branagh. As seen in the Facebook post below, Levar wrote that he did a 3D photo shoot one year ago for the role. However, he was unable to share his involvement in the game due to a non-disclosure agreement.
Along with the updates to the game’s iconic characters, Capcom previously revealed many aspects of the original have been updated for the modern age. Instead of four separate story scenarios, Leon and Claire’s time in Raccoon City will be split apart into two complete campaigns, both of which will feature a fluid third-person over-the-shoulder camera. Also, PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X enhancements, such as 4K visuals, will be available.
Resident Evil 2 will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 25th, 2019.