‘Resident Evil 3’ Remake Leaks On PlayStation Store, Announcement Likely Soon

The path forward seemed pretty clear after Capcom released the Resident Evil 2 remake to widespread acclaim earlier in the year. Rumors, speculation and just general hopefulness about the possibility of a Resident Evil 3 remake began shortly after we all cleared through Leon and Claire’s storylines in Raccoon City, and now it seems we’ve got our first leak. Cover art for the game recently popped up inside the PlayStation store API, showcasing updated cover art with Leon, Carlos Oliveira and Nemesis, the villain that headlined things back when the game first came out in 1999.

Next week is the Game Awards, which is as much a showcase of what’s coming in the industry as it is a celebration of what we’ve seen over the past year. A Resident Evil 3 announcement would fit pretty well in there, and that’s when I imagine we’re going to see it. We could always gets some sort of teaser now that the information has leaked out, but I’m still guessing we won’t see a full trailer until the Game Awards.

My guess is that we’re going to see something very similar to what we saw with Resident Evil 2: a fairly faithful remake in the same engine, with the camera swung around over the player’s shoulder to give us a properly 2020 look at the remade environments and switching up the combat for something less clunky.

Resident Evil 2 was one of the best games of this year, keeping the tense, ammo-hoarding survival horror of the original intact while building everything from the ground up to make something that maintained that same feeling we got stomping through fixed-camera environs in the latter days of the 20th century.

Capcom was definitely pleased with the success of Resident Evil 2, and so I’d expect more of these going forward, both with Resident Evil and other properties—I’m banking on a remake of Devil May Cry as well. I do wonder if we’ll see Resident Evil 4 get the same treatment, as that game already had an over-the-shoulder camera as well as more recent re-releases, but if it seems viable, you can bet that Capcom is going to do it.

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