Russian Cosplayer Becomes Bioshock: Infinite's Elizabeth

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Russian Cosplayer Becomes Bioshock: Infinite's Elizabeth

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We love our Bioshock cosplayers so much we hired one, Irrational Games proclaims.

Anna Moleva, aka Ormeli, is the official face of Bioshock: Infinite's Elizabeth, and will be helping Irrational Games with its promotional materials and television adverts. The talented Moleva will also be appearing as Irrational's guest at select events, in the run-up to Bioshock: Infinite's release next year.

Moleva had some difficulty getting her heroine's look just right. "The thing is," says Moleva, "that I first saw Liz as she appeared initially: a different hairdo, a different costume." Work started, but then Irrational changed Liz's appearance. Not a problem, thought Moleva; this can be fixed, and so she began afresh. Then Irrational changed Liz's look a second time.

"I remember pacing around my apartment, furious," Moleva said. "'Dear developers! How can one cosplay a character whose appearance is constantly changing?!'"

Not that these setbacks stopped her. "When Liz's appearance was finalized," Moleva said, "and I saw what I think is a remarkable resemblance between us, I as a cosplayer couldn't just ignore it." Naturally at the moment she can't put more than a face to Elizabeth, since nobody really knows what the character will be like. However if you want to know what Moleva looks like, just sneak a peek at the back of the box; Irrational already has her face out there, and there will be more to come.

Bioshock: Infinite is due out for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in February 2013.

Source: Irrational Games

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Her cosplay of Empress Jessamine is magnificent.

She looks a little like Milla Jovovich, minus the stench of the Resident Evil movies

I'm trying to come up with something intelligent or amusing to write here, but all I can think is, well..."Daa-yum."

Reminds me of Lollipop Chainsaw. I wonder if they are going a similar route with this. I like the idea.

Huh, judging from her DeviantArt that woman really enjoys owning costumes... wish I had the money and space for a project like a Mass Effect costume.

I dno, I liked the character art more when they were showing it off in the Trailers:
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Before the feminists went through it: http://www.oxm.co.uk/47662/features/the-oxm-breakdown-women-in-videogames/

And it turned into this:
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She looks kind of bland and generic now.

They're not really through with complaining and messing with it till she's dressed like a catholic nun though: https://twitter.com/femfreq/status/273885244720029696

Of all the complaining I keep seeing about Elizabeth's design, I say shut up and be happy that she's not in a thong and her tits are hanging out of a bra made of dental floss. Also, she's not being contorted into the infamous boobs-butt pose, which is the go-to design of most cover art featuring women.

Wait what... generic and bland?

You're showing a video game character with impossible proportion... and then right beside, a beautiful woman wearing the exact same outfit, but from a different angle (Blue skirt, white corset, blue jacket - You can even see the 'cleavage window')... and you think the real woman is generic and bland?

Shesh.

Tarkand:
Wait what... generic and bland?

You're showing a video game character with impossible proportion... and then right beside, a beautiful woman wearing the exact same outfit, but from a different angle (Blue skirt, white corset, blue jacket - You can even see the 'cleavage window')... and you think the real woman is generic and bland?

Shesh.

Aye, I was confused by that too. If anything the only change I see is in the face, which looks a little off to me in the second one. What strange times we live in. The character needed better proportions though, I honestly clicked on this thinking "I guarantee they just asked someone with gargantuan boobs to cosplay this".

And next EA will be hiring her!

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She does a lot of great work, I am amazed by her costumes

Congratulations for her ;)

What I did not like, though it's no cataclism, more like supreme lack of imagination, was that front art. It's exactly the same pose from the first Uncharted game, only the character has his front to us instead of his back. It doesn't really convey that awe-inspiring feeling that comes with Bioshock (and that seems to be well and alive as far as gameplay videos went with Infinite.)

Dexter111:
I dno, I liked the character art more when they were showing it off in the Trailers:
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Before the feminists went through it: http://www.oxm.co.uk/47662/features/the-oxm-breakdown-women-in-videogames/

And it turned into this:
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She looks kind of bland and generic now.

They're not really through with complaining and messing with it till she's dressed like a catholic nun though: https://twitter.com/femfreq/status/273885244720029696

Dogstile:

Tarkand:
Wait what... generic and bland?

You're showing a video game character with impossible proportion... and then right beside, a beautiful woman wearing the exact same outfit, but from a different angle (Blue skirt, white corset, blue jacket - You can even see the 'cleavage window')... and you think the real woman is generic and bland?

Shesh.

Aye, I was confused by that too. If anything the only change I see is in the face, which looks a little off to me in the second one. What strange times we live in. The character needed better proportions though, I honestly clicked on this thinking "I guarantee they just asked someone with gargantuan boobs to cosplay this".

I don't think it's generic and bland. Actually, the lack of cleavage is better, every woman from steampunk fantasies and stuff look like Emilie Autumn (aka: a "wayward girl"...), and other than that, nothing really changed, in my opinion at least... And I'm on the feminist side this time, because I want her to be independent, for selfish reasons obviously: I HATE defending characters in games, so I'd rather trust the npc's instincts to cover their own ass.

Tarkand:
Wait what... generic and bland?

You're showing a video game character with impossible proportion... and then right beside, a beautiful woman wearing the exact same outfit, but from a different angle (Blue skirt, white corset, blue jacket - You can even see the 'cleavage window')... and you think the real woman is generic and bland?

Shesh.

It's not a real woman, it's a drawing.

And then someone has to point me towards when Bioshock was apparently all about realism before.

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Both characters don't really seem to much fit the setting at all. I expected at least something in line with the stylized art of Dishonored. Their initial character design seemed more in line with that, now they look like your stereotypical "action hero" and his sexy sidekick.

Zhukov:
I'm trying to come up with something intelligent or amusing to write here, but all I can think is, well..."Daa-yum."

Here's an amusing fact for you "моле ва"(mole va) means "please everybody" in heavy Bulgarian street slang,the right pronunciation is "моля ви"(molia vi,"ia" being one sound,kind of like "sh")

Zhukov:
I'm trying to come up with something intelligent or amusing to write here...

Lemme help you with a amusing comment.

Karloff:
"I remember pacing around my apartment, furious," Moleva said. "'Dear developers! How can one cosplay a character whose appearance is constantly changing?!'"

You'd think she would have realised that the obvious answer is to wait for the game to be released.

OT:Well cudos to her for the determination to make her costume and finish it before the game even launched as well as go through three iterations of it.

Admittedly she does carry a very close resemblence to the character albeit with a slightly thinner face than Elizabeth's as shown in the trailers.

Damn, she's good. Really good makeup abilities, so she can make her face and hair appear whatever shape she wants. Really good costuming abilities as well, to make those things as ass-kickingly accurate as they are. I wonder if she gives lessons?

Of course, it's possible that there are other people she works with who help her with these things, but that makes it no less awesome.

Milanezi:

I don't think it's generic and bland. Actually, the lack of cleavage is better, every woman from steampunk fantasies and stuff look like Emilie Autumn (aka: a "wayward girl"...), and other than that, nothing really changed, in my opinion at least... And I'm on the feminist side this time, because I want her to be independent, for selfish reasons obviously: I HATE defending characters in games, so I'd rather trust the npc's instincts to cover their own ass.

You said as if that was a bad thing... it isn't

Anyway great cosplay although I liked Anna's femshep better

Dexter111:
She looks kind of bland and generic now.

No, she goes from a more anime-esque art style with exaggerated eyes in the first picture to a more realism-based art style in the second. It might be your preference is for the former instead of the latter.

Aw, I was hoping the Pinkerton agent would have a kickass turn-of-the-century beard/mustache. Seriously, gaming needs more wacky early 20th century facial hair.

Well good on her for getting a job like that. She has an uncanny resemblance to Lizabeth, so it's all good.

Wow, there really is a striking resemblance.

also:
in America, you pay money for videogame. In Soviet Russia, videogame pay money for you!

Well think it all looks pretty cool tbh.

I appreciate that we are supposed to be looking at the pretty lady (who, I should add is very pretty), but what is annoying me is the fact that the clothing on the chap on the front cover is...very wrong. Coat fronted shirt, attached wing collar, white cuffs, hip hugging trousers...come on Irrational, do some research.

Very impressive cosplay, that would make things difficult with the dev changing outfits I imagine.

Also that cover art, can we stop getting the stupid manly gun posed for camera covers?
My origin account has 4 soldiers walking at the cover looking angry and to make matters worse, even Dragon Age 2 does the SAME THING.

Dexter111:
I dno, I liked the character art more when they were showing it off in the Trailers:
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Before the feminists went through it: http://www.oxm.co.uk/47662/features/the-oxm-breakdown-women-in-videogames/

And it turned into this:
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She looks kind of bland and generic now.

They're not really through with complaining and messing with it till she's dressed like a catholic nun though: https://twitter.com/femfreq/status/273885244720029696

What has changed between those two photos? They look the same except one is the side view.

Good god she is stunning...

She's the kind of woman that makes you want to get down on your knees and thank god you're a man.

Yep, she reminds me of my mother alright.

GonvilleBromhead:
I appreciate that we are supposed to be looking at the pretty lady (who, I should add is very pretty), but what is annoying me is the fact that the clothing on the chap on the front cover is...very wrong. Coat fronted shirt, attached wing collar, white cuffs, hip hugging trousers...come on Irrational, do some research.

It's not 100% accurate but it's close enough. Nothing in his costume is anachronistic, a man could've worn what he had at the time it's just it would be very unlikely.

Dexter111:
I dno, I liked the character art more when they were showing it off in the Trailers:
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Before the feminists went through it: http://www.oxm.co.uk/47662/features/the-oxm-breakdown-women-in-videogames/

And it turned into this:
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She looks kind of bland and generic now.

They're not really through with complaining and messing with it till she's dressed like a catholic nun though: https://twitter.com/femfreq/status/273885244720029696

I wonder if they had realistic sexual politics from 1912 would she be OK with that or would she be complaining?

Not that it really needs to feature either of those things, it's not a Titanic recreation, or something like that, it's a game with a floating city and robot George Washingtons.

Anyway best to ignore people like Sarkesian who look for things to complain about.

Stikibunn:

GonvilleBromhead:
I appreciate that we are supposed to be looking at the pretty lady (who, I should add is very pretty), but what is annoying me is the fact that the clothing on the chap on the front cover is...very wrong. Coat fronted shirt, attached wing collar, white cuffs, hip hugging trousers...come on Irrational, do some research.

It's not 100% accurate but it's close enough. Nothing in his costume is anachronistic, a man could've worn what he had at the time it's just it would be very unlikely.

A man of that age in that period with that background wearing a wing collar and cravat is unlikely, such a man keeping his collar on borders on implausible, but a shirt that buttons all the way down and the hipsters...that's an anachronism ;)

GonvilleBromhead:

Stikibunn:

GonvilleBromhead:
I appreciate that we are supposed to be looking at the pretty lady (who, I should add is very pretty), but what is annoying me is the fact that the clothing on the chap on the front cover is...very wrong. Coat fronted shirt, attached wing collar, white cuffs, hip hugging trousers...come on Irrational, do some research.

It's not 100% accurate but it's close enough. Nothing in his costume is anachronistic, a man could've worn what he had at the time it's just it would be very unlikely.

A man of that age in that period with that background wearing a wing collar and cravat is unlikely, such a man keeping his collar on borders on implausible, but a shirt that buttons all the way down and the hipsters...that's an anachronism ;)

That is true however we're also talking steampunk here. The lady's costume isn't very accurate either.
Very few people would recognize his shirt is wrong (I did but that just sounds like bragging) as long as they get in the ballpark it's ok I think.

It's more a stylistic choice to me - Elizabeth dressing that way makes sense to my fuzzy logic as Columbia is a steampunk world. However, DeWitt is meant to be an outsider, and the world away from Columbia a closer parallel to reality.

Plus, I feel a higher trouser waist, no collar (but retaining a tie), would be more visually interesting, less of an air of "cosplayer without the eye for detail" look as well as give off a greater air of the fish out of water 1912 everyman getting down to nitty gritty.

I appreciate it's not a major thing, and a very minor irritation, and I'm hardly going to stand outside the developers offices shouting "do not buy this shameful game" or boycott it. Just seems that there is no harm in getting it right...

DVS BSTrD:
She looks a little like Milla Jovovich, minus the stench of the Resident Evil movies

Milla Jovovich? Oh, I love Milla Jovovich, everything she makes is pure gold... I love her so...

OT: That's really impressive, but on account of her being attractive she's obviously just doing this for attention and so the evil feminists can implant mind controlling ovaries in out innocent male heads... Burn her! Burn them all! *sarcasm*

FelixG:
And next EA will be hiring her!

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She does a lot of great work, I am amazed by her costumes

Nah, BioWare's already got Holly Conrad on board as their go-to Shep cosplayer:
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(that's her on the right. I'm the loser on the left.)

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