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While we didn’t get a ton out of this morning’s State of Play, we did get confirmation of a rumor we’ve been hearing for a few months now. That came in the form of a trailer for Resident Evil 3 Remake. Fans of the franchise responded strongly to last January’s Resident Evil 2 Remake, so this isn’t all that surprising.
What is surprising is the time frame, as the game is scheduled for release this coming April. While that may seem like a quick turnaround, it’s in line with the time we saw for RE2: Remake. That title was announced at E3, and debuted in January of the following year. For those who don’t know, Resident Evil 3 takes place at roughly the same time as Resident Evil 2. Players take control of Jill Valentine, a S.T.A.R.S member during the zombie breakout in Raccoon City.
Unlike RE2, which saw players cooped up in the police station for most of the game, this title utilized a good bit of the city. The main feature of the game is Nemesis, a hulking super-zombie that pursues Jill throughout the city with the objective of eliminating all S.T.A.R.S members. Fans of the second game will probably remember Mr. X, who posed a similar threat. Also included with the remake will be Resident Evil: Resistance, a 4v1 style multiplayer game that was only available in Japan until now.
Joe’s thoughts: Man, it’s been quite a run for the Resident Evil franchise, hasn’t it? After the disaster that was RE5, and the dumpster fire that was RE6, I had all but written off the franchise. Now, we’ve had blockbuster success with Resident Evil 7, and the remake of 2 was a game of the year contender for me. The success of RE2: Remake leads me to believe they’ll be able to do the same with Nemesis. A piece of advice though for Capcom. As tempting as it is, I would be very careful if you decide to do a Resident Evil 4 Remake. That game hit cult status and was really a miracle. Something special might be lost in a remake of 4.