As just announced on Playstation's State of Play presentation, Capcom's famous zombie threequel, Resident Evil 3, is being remade (or, sorry, re-imagined) for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on April 3rd, 2020. The story follows S.T.A.R.S. agent Jill Valentine as she attempts to escape from the undead infestation throwing Raccoon City into turmoil. Aided by Carlos Oliveira, a soldier on the payroll of the nefarious Umbrella Corporation, the two will have to band together to survive hordes of undead and the hulking Nemesis monstrosity.
Like the recent Resident Evil 2 re-imagining, Resident Evil 3 will eschew the original's dated controls for a faster-action, over-the-shoulder third-person approach. Taking all the familiar story beats, but adding in twists, turns, and additional content, Resident Evil 3 seems set to bring the tight plotting of the original game into the current generation. As was the case with Resident Evil 2, the "RE Engine" they're using to build the game will, "bring incredibly lifelike performances to the game. Actors, clothing, and even various items in the environment are captured using photogrammetry to bring the world of Resident Evil to life, right down to the last detail."
Perhaps the most surprising news about this release (seeing as the release of RE:3 itself was hinted at when an ad for the game showed up on PSN) is the fact that it's coming packed with Resident Evil: Resistance, a 4v1 asymmetrical game where four players take on the roles of survivors, and one player takes on the role of a mastermind. As the press release states:
Set against the backdrop of the Resident Evil universe, you’ll be able to assume the role of a Mastermind – one of several, including Annette Birkin from Resident Evil 2 – and carry out a series of deadly experiments on a group of unfortunate Survivors. Utilizing a deck of cards, you’ll set traps, place various creatures like Cerberus (zombie dogs) and Lickers, and even assemble camera-mounted weapons to defeat the Survivors before they can escape. If you prefer to be more hands-on, you can take direct control of iconic enemies, including Tyrant and G Birkin from Resident Evil 2. Meanwhile, the team of four Survivors are racing against the clock. If time runs out, so does their chance to escape. As Survivors, you’ll need to band together and make the most of your weapons and skills if you want to stand a chance of making it out alive.
The game's available for pre-order now, and North American buyers can pick up a special $179.99 Resident Evil 3 collector's edition exclusively at GameStop, which includes the game, a Jill Valentine statue, the soundtrack, an art book, and digital bonuses like retro outfits for Jill and Carlos.
What do you think of the screenshots and footage they've showed us so far? Were you a fan of what they did with RE:2 and want to see it done to RE:3? Let us know in the comments below!