Resident Evil 7 producer Masachika Kawata explains why all of the characters in the seventh entry in Capcom’s survival-horror franchise have such perfect sets of teeth.
Without a doubt, many fans would agree that Resident Evil 7 contains lots of gross and grotesque imagery, with the title potentially being one of the goriest and most bloody games released in recent memory. As it happens, the survival-horror game contains so much violence that the country of Japan censored some of the more gruesome elements, and altered them in a way that was less macabre than in the original release. So, while a lot of people have certainly been focused on the carnage to be found in Resident Evil 7, there are others who have noticed amid the wretched decay and butchery around almost every corner, that all of the game’s characters have somehow managed to keep up perfect dental hygiene.
Interestingly enough, there’s a reason behind why all of Resident Evil 7‘s have such great sets of teeth, with series producer Masachika Kawata recently explaining the phenomenon in a snippet from an email interview with Kotaku. When asked about whether or not the supernatural Baker clan actually brushes and flosses daily, Kawata responded in kind with a brief breakdown of how the technology used to capture real models impacted the way characters’ teeth look.
“We used a method called photogrammetry which involves 3D scan technology and real models to create a photorealistic effect to the graphics. In the case of the characters, I guess we can thank the actors we utilized for having great teeth!”
For those wanting a little more expansion on the concept of photogrammetry, the process is used to detect exact, specific points from images so as to estimate and approximate these particular points within the context of a three-dimensional space. For example, it has also been used in other recently released games, such as DICE and Electronic Arts’ sci-fi first-person shooter, Star Wars Battlefront, so that players would be able to experience environments that appear to be hyper-realistic due to the high amount of details found within the scenery.
Of course, fans playing Resident Evil 7 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One surely get to see intense close-ups of Jack and Marguerite Baker‘s chompers whenever they come face-to-face with the protagonist, Ethan Winters, but it’s a safe bet to make that those fans taking on the game with PlayStation VR have the best view imaginable. Speaking of Sony’s virtual reality headset, Capcom recently released some of its official “Global Stats” for Resident Evil 7, revealing that around 10% of fans are experiencing the title with PSVR.
Taking all this into consideration, while the pearly whites of Resident Evil 7‘s characters are definitely gleaming to say the least, the fact that such pristine chompers exist in such a grim and gritty world makes them even more unsettling, as they bring a stark relief to the disgusting and decomposing environment surrounding them. One could even go on to argue that the characters’ polished and highly detailed teeth add another level of realism, which is one factor that contributed to lots of critics’ positive reviews of the game, as many proclaimed Resident Evil 7‘s graphics to be frighteningly realistic.
Resident Evil 7 is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR, and Xbox One.