The success of Resident Evil HD Remaster as well as 2019’s Resident Evil 2 remake has led many to wonder whether we’d ever see Capcom release a remake of Resident Evil 3. The survival horror title launched way back in 1999 for the PlayStation and is considered to be one of the best entries in the series. It also happens to be part of the shrinking list of RE games that haven’t received a proper HD remaster.
While most of the speculation surrounding a possible RE3 remake can be chalked up to passionate fandom, Capcom along with AestheticGamer, who correctly revealed information about Resident Evil 7: Biohazard prior to its official announcement, have given us some subtle (and not so subtle) hints that a RE3 remake may be in the works.
Here, we’ll be breaking down everything currently known about the rumored Resident Evil 3 remake, and what you can expect. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this story following any major announcements from Capcom.
Resident Evil 3 Remake Trailer
There may not be any official footage of the RE3 remake available to the public, however, this fan-made remaster from the Seamless HD Project team does a great job at illustrating what an updated version of RE3 could look like.
While upscaling the original’s graphics would be impressive alone, given how many story and gameplay changes Capcom made for both Resident Evil HD Remaster and Resident Evil 2 remake, its likely RE3 would receive a similar treatment.
Resident Evil 3 Remake Rumors
Now it should be said that any and all rumors should always be taken with a grain of salt. However, in the case of the RE3 remake, its possible Capcom may have teased the existence of the project themselves.
In April, two screenshots were posted on the official Resident Evil twitter page; one depicting Jill Valentine in an empty room from RE1, and another that shows Claire Redfield staring at a demolished wall found in RE2. While this could simply be an attempt at community engagement, it’s possible both images are a direct reference to the Nemesis from RE3.
After all, the creature is known to stalk Jill throughout RE3 and is prone to smashing through walls unannounced. This would be a great way to tease fans without drawing too much attention before deciding when to make an official announcement.
Our next leak comes from AestheticGamer, an internet personality/game designer with a track record for providing accurate information regarding upcoming RE projects. They posted a series of tweets that suggest a number of changes for the series going forward, such as an annual release schedule and Resident Evil 8 being delayed for next-gen.
Most interesting is their suggestion that the RE3 remake isn’t being developed by Capcom’s Division 1 team but rather outsourced to a third-party developer. There’s also the claim that it will not be the kind of remake fans are expecting, which leads us to believe it may be a highly ambitious retelling that introduces a host of new features, story, and gameplay changes. Whether you place any merit in these tweets is entirely up to you, however, we’ll be keeping our ears open.
Resident Evil 3 Remake Story
If the RE3 remake does in fact rework the original’s story, it’s possible we may see some supporting characters get a bigger spotlight, similar to how Ada Wong’s character was rewritten in 2019’s RE2 remake. This would be a great way to update the story without straying too far from the original.
For example, a character like Carlos Oliveira, one of the three U.B.C.S. survivors Jill encounters, would benefit from more screen time. While he plays a significant role in helping Jill escape Raccoon City, little effort is dedicated towards developing his character outside of the post-story mini-game “The Mercenaries: Operation Mad Jackal”.
This would also help extend the original’s short 6-7 hour runtime. While fans may be content with keeping things as authentic as possible, RE3’s mostly outdoor setting provides a unique opportunity to be able to explore Raccoon City more than any other entry in the series.
Resident Evil 3 Remake Gameplay – What Could Be Changed?
When it comes to actual gameplay, there are a number of directions we could see the RE3 remake being taken in. While the original benefited from a new dodge system and the ability to quickly turn 180-degrees to escape enemies, they often required far too precise timing and positioning.
In the remake, you can expect dodging to be much smoother and possibly have a larger invulnerability window on lower difficulties, with hardcore mode’s dodge being much less-forgiving. This would make the game more accessible for newcomers while still offering a challenge to fans of the original.
As for the original’s fixed camera, we’d like to have the option to play with either a rotating camera that the player can control with quick-turn disabled, or the standard fixed perspective with quick turn enabled. Again, this would offer new players a more welcoming experience while still catering to older fans. These suggestions seem reasonable given the number of modern amenities players were afforded in 2019’s RE2 remake.
The Final Word
While there’s no way to be sure whether or not a Resident Evil 3 remake is currently in the works, Capcom has demonstrated a clear interest in updating earlier entries in the series. The RE franchise has greatly evolved over the last two decades and games like Resident Evil 2 remake and Resident Evil 7: Biohazard has demonstrated Capcom’s commitment to keeping the series fresh while still honoring its legacy.
Although details are scarce and a majority of claims being made are merely speculation, if Capcom does in fact plan on releasing a new RE game every year, we should receive an announcement sometime soon. In the meantime, we’ll be keeping you updated on all things Resident Evil and gaming related.
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