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The fusion of real-world inspiration and digital creativity often leads to unforgettable characters in gaming.

Such is the case with Shift Up’s action-adventure game, where the Stellar Blade model Shin Jae-eun breathes life into the protagonist EVE.

EVE in the featured image of the ONE Esports Stellar Blade review article
Credit: Shift Up
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Stellar Blade has been generating buzz since its re-reveal in 2023, with a April 26, 2024 release date.

Central to this anticipation is EVE, the game’s fierce and alluring protagonist. Through trailers and screenshots, EVE’s presence has been unmistakable, drawing players into the post-apocalyptic world of Stellar Blade.

EVE in the featured image of the ONE Esports article "Is Stellar Blade soulslike?"
Credit: Shift Up
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The developers at Shift Up spared no detail in crafting EVE’s character.

In an industry where aesthetics play a significant role, EVE’s design reflects meticulous attention to detail, a trait evident in Shift Up’s previous works like Goddess of Victory: Nikke.

Shin Jae-eun is the perfect Stellar Blade model

Shin Jae-eun is a 32-year-old model and social media personality from South Korea. Known as zennyrt online, she is actively engaged in a range of industries including commercials, photo shoots, and music video appearances.

Shin Jae-eun is the Stellar Blade model for EVE
Credit: Shin Jae-eun Instagram

The character Eve in Stellar Blade is inspired by her physique. Since sharing a 3D body scan video on her YouTube channel in 2020, Shin Jae-eun has not publicly discussed her direct involvement in the game project beyond that.

Game Director Hyung-Tae Kim shed light on the process of bringing EVE to life, revealing that they collaborated with Shin Jae-eun as the model for the character.

This partnership bridged the gap between reality and fantasy, ensuring that EVE’s appearance resonates with players on a deeper level.

EVE in Stellar Blade
Credit: Shift Up

The utilization of real-world models has become a prevalent trend in AAA gaming, adding a layer of authenticity and relatability to virtual personas.

While Shin Jae-eun’s body served as a reference for EVE’s physical form, the character’s face was crafted internally by the development team.

This blend of external inspiration and internal creativity resulted in a character that is both visually captivating and uniquely original.

Shin Jae-eun is the Stellar Blade model for EVE
Credit: Shin Jae-eun Instagram

Beyond EVE’s appearance, Stellar Blade offers players a chance to customize her with a plethora of outfits, hairstyles, and accessories.

From completing quests to unlocking achievements, players can dress EVE in 30 different costumes, ranging from elegant to daring.

This customization aspect adds depth to EVE’s character, allowing players to imbue her with their personal style and flair.

Stellar Blade battle mode
Credit: Shift Up

Shin Jae-eun’s role as the Stellar Blade model goes beyond mere aesthetics.

Her collaboration with the development team has contributed to shaping EVE into a memorable and dynamic character, poised to leave a lasting impact on players as they embark on their journey to reclaim Earth and save humankind.

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