While I was at Namco Bandai’s headquarters yesterday the development team spoke about Hilde, one of the new characters. One of the funny things they mentioned was that they wanted to make a “sexy” female character who was fully clothed so they thought up the concept of encasing Hilde in armor. Promptly, someone asked if Hilde would have “destructible armor” and the development team responded that they were considering it, but if they did that Hilde would look like the rest of the female characters with skimpy clothes.
Besides looking different Hilde has a slightly different control set up. She wields two weapons: a long range spear and a short dagger. When players press the A button on the Xbox 360 pad she uses her short sword. Pressing the B button makes her swing the spear. The team mentioned that Hilde’s button set up makes her a character for “intermediate to advanced players”.