RESIDENT EVIL 3 REMAKE Officially Announced For April 3rd, 2020
Well, it’s happening folks. With the success of the Resident Evil 2 remake, it’s time to see all your favorite classic Resident Evil games get a new life on the current-gen. Next up, Resident Evil 3. Announced during today’s State of Play stream by Sony, RE3 has been churning the rumor mill all month. And the biggest news is we won’t have to wait very long.
On April 3rd 2020, Resident Evil 3 will be available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. That’s just 4 months from now. With Resident Evil 2 released earlier this year, chances are that RE3 has been in the works for a while. Chances are, that also means that we’ll be seeing other REmakes coming soon. I’m just wondering if they have the stones to redo RE4… But I’m getting ahead of myself. We’re here to talk about Resident Evil 3.
Astute fans will notice that the new Resident Evil 3 has dropped the Nemesis suffix from the title. Worry not, as it is clear that we will still be relentlessly pursued by the unstoppable juggernaut. Taking place before the events of Resident Evil 2, RE3 tells the story of Jill Valentine. One of the two original main characters in the first Resident Evil game, Jill is the closest thing Resident Evil has to a “main character.” The game also features series bad-hair-elemental Carlos Oliveira, who hilariously comes with an alternate hairstyle in the collector’s edition (more on that in a second).
This is all stuff that should be familiar to fans of the original Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. However, there’s a lot in the trailer that sets the new Resident Evil 3 apart from the original. First off, there are a number of first-person segments, most notably when Jill is running from the shadowy figure (Nemesis) and another when she is looking into a sink. Whether this is just for dramatic effect in the trailer or is reflective of actual gameplay is yet to be seen. However, they do seem to be going for a larger focus on the story of Racoon City’s survivors. So perhaps we will see some shit in perspective during cutscenes or a safe zone that’s in first person, à la Silent Hill 4: The Room.
Speaking of new additions, remember that Project Resistance game that got renamed to Resident Evil Resistance? That whole game is the multiplayer mode for Resident Evil 3. That adds some serious value to a game I was already going to buy.
Chances are, if you are reading this article, you are already buying Resident Evil 3. So I’ll just go ahead and include the press release here so you can learn everything else you need to know. I’ve included images from the Press Site where they best illustrate the content. See you all in Raccoon City! From the Official Press Release:
Today on PlayStation’s State of Play broadcast, Capcom celebrated the 20th anniversary of the survival horror classic Resident Evil™ 3: Nemesis by unveiling a completely reimagined Resident Evil™ 3. On the heels of the award-winning Resident Evil™ 2, this highly demanded follow-up in the 94 million unit selling franchise once again utilizes Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine to complete the Raccoon City story arc. Resident Evil 3 stars Jill Valentine – one of video games’ most iconic heroines – as she escapes from a crumbling Raccoon City while being pursued by the unrelenting bioweapon Nemesis. Players can also participate in previously untold Umbrella experiments on the outskirts of Raccoon City in the included online asymmetrical multiplayer game Resident Evil™ Resistance, previously known as the working title Project Resistance. Resident Evil 3 will be available on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and Steam on April 3, 2020.
Resident Evil 3 is set amidst the nightmarish outbreak of the T-virus, a biological weapon developed by the pharmaceutical company Umbrella Corporation. The game marks the debut of Nemesis – a towering humanoid bioweapon designed for both brutality and high-functioning intelligence – whose dogged hunt of S.T.A.R.S. member Jill Valentine made him an icon of the Resident Evil™ series. Armed with an arsenal of high-powered weaponry and wrapped in a black suit to hide his mutilated features, Nemesis will maim, pulverize or destroy any obstacle on the path to his target.
Jill’s harrowing escape takes place in the panic-stricken hours leading up to and following the events of the acclaimed best-selling Resident Evil 2. Intense combat and puzzle solving combine to deliver the heart-pounding final chapter of Raccoon City’s collapse. The horrific settings from the original game and new content come to life as never before with RE Engine, previously utilized to create the acclaimed Resident Evil™ 7 biohazard, Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry™ 5 with high-definition graphics and modernized gameplay mechanics.
Complementing the action-packed single player campaign is Resident Evil Resistance, an asymmetrical 4 vs. 1 multiplayer game originally unveiled as a working title at Tokyo Game Show earlier this year. As the Mastermind behind the scenes, players can assume the role of key Resident Evil characters like Annette Birkin in a series of deadly experiments. Manipulate the environment and wield a deck of cards to place vicious creatures, set traps and weaponized security cameras to snare hapless Survivors. A first for the franchise, Masterminds can even directly control elite bioweapons like G-Birkin and Tyrant. In turn, four Survivors must effectively work together, making the most of a variety of weapons and each player’s unique special abilities, to stand a chance of escaping the experiment before time runs out.
North American console players will also be able to purchase a Resident Evil 3 Collector’s Edition. This premium package contains a physical copy of Resident Evil 3, a high quality Jill Valentine figure, printed artbook, a Raccoon City map wall poster and a digital Resident Evil 3 soundtrack. Those who pre-order will also receive the exclusive Classic Costume Pack that features the original design for Jill Valentine and hairstyle for Carlos Oliveira.