Figure on Mendip Hills created to celebrate launch of Resident Evil Village
Written by Bridgwater Mercury on May 7, 2021
THE mystery of the hillside artwork has finally been revealed.
Last Sunday, a figure appeared on the Mendip Hill near Cheddar.
And now, the secret as to why this art is there has finally been told.
Capcom, a Japanese video game developer, created the hillside figure to celebrate the launch of their latest game – Resident Evil™ Village.
The figure is a Lycan, a creature similar to the Werewolf, and is 58m high and more than 100m long.
The imposing creature, bearing some of the hallmarks of the countries historic and mystical chalk figures, was created in less than 24 hours.
The giant installation appeared in a glow mysteriously overnight, nestled between some of the UK’s most secluded villages in Somerset on the Blackdown Hills.
The artwork was created in the dead of night to depict one of the new terrifying enemies in Resident Evil Village.
The ‘Lycan,’ known for possessing superior strength, reflexes and speed, has become the most terrifying addition to over 50 chalk figures scattered across the English countryside.
Tsuyoshi Kanda, producer of Resident Evil Village at Capcom said: “The Resident Evil series celebrated its 25th anniversary in March 2021.
“It established the brand-new genre of “survival horror” in 1990.
“Since then, Resident Evil as a brand has really saturated the globe and created fans even among those who have never played the games.
“In survival horror games, unlike traditional horror, there is this catharsis from the achievement the player gets from overcoming their fears.
“The franchise is known for introducing some of video games’ most iconic characters, and has always tried new things as the series has progressed.
“To celebrate the launch of the latest instalment, Resident Evil Village, we’re thrilled to have brought one of the new, most iconic and fearsome enemies players will encounter within the game to life in a whole new way.”
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