Resident Evil 3 (Biohazard RE:3 in Japan) is a Video Game Remake of the Survival Horror classic Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, developed by Capcom for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. It is scheduled for release on April 3, 2020.
Like Resident Evil 2 (Remake), the game was built on the RE Engine used by Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, and features a similar photorealistic graphic style and user interface, but with a third-person camera similar to Resident Evil 4. The game will also be bundled with a 4-versus-1 multiplayer mode titled Resident Evil Resistance.
The remake provides its own unique examples of:
- Adaptational Backstory Change: According to official site's character bio for Jill, the reason in the remake as to why she didn't get out of Raccoon City before the outbreak was due to being placed under suspension and house arrest with 24/7 surveillance, rather than her being caught up in a personal investigation of Umbrella's underground facilities as in the original. That said, the reason she was suspended and put under house arrest was because of her investigation.
- Adaptational Deviation:
- The U.B.C.S can be heard and seen heading toward the S.T.A.R.S office in the announcement trailer. They do no such thing in the original game and the police station is behind Jill when they first meet.
- When Jill first meets the U.B.C.S in the original, the situation had gotten so bad that only three of them remained and their mission had changed from saving the civilians to simply survive and evacuate the city. In the new version, there are more survivors and the U.B.C.S asks Jill to help them rescue more.
- Actionized Sequel: Played with. As seen in the Special Developer Message, the faster "over-the-shoulder" style of camera and controls from Resident Evil 4 and later games is used as opposed to a static camera and tank controls that led to slower gameplay in the original Resident Evil 3. The original was also already considered to be the most action-focused of the original Playstation 1 trilogy, and as a result the developers added new action focused gameplay elements, like the emergency evade seen in the Special Developer Message, not present in the previous release in the series, Resident Evil 2 (Remake).
- Badass Beard: As discussed in the Special Developer Message, Carlos was specifically redesigned with scruffier hair and a beard to make him look like more of a mercenary that could serve as reliable support for Jill in her escape from Raccoon City.
- Bait-and-Switch: In the State of Play reveal event, Sony initially described the game's announcement trailer as a reveal for the "campaign portion" of Resident Evil Resistance. However, the trailer soon revealed this campaign was actually a full remake of Resident Evil 3, and Resistance was the multiplayer add-on mode for it.
- Car Fu: In the "Nemesis" trailer, Jill slams into Nemesis with a car, sending them both on a lengthy fall. Getting struck by a car, falling, and having a car land on top of him doesn't seem to do much more than force Nemesis to take a moment to recover.
- Catchphrase Interruptus: In the announcement, Nemesis starts uttering its classic Pre Ass Kicking One Liner "S.T.A.R.S...", only for a burning beam to fall on it before it can finish.
- Hell Is That Noise: Nemesis's updated "S.T.A.R.S." growl somehow manages to be even more pants-soilingly terrifying than the original.
- Kill It with Fire: In addition to its rocket launcher, Nemesis wields a flamethrower, torching huge swaths of a building it chases Jill through.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Nemesis is seen wearing a mask that covers its entire head, likely to hide its BOW nature, not unlike Mr. X and his hat in the previous game's remake, and appears to lose it after being set on fire.
- Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: Subverted. Despite being a remake of the original game, the remake completely drops the original's odd addition of subtitles, being just Resident Evil 3 / Biohazard RE:3 instead of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis / Biohazard 3: Last Escape.
- P.O.V. Cam: The announcement trailer shows things from Jill's point of view as she's chased by Nemesis through an apartment building.
- Prequel: The events of this game start before the events of Resident Evil 2. The announcement trailer emphasizes this by showing footage of that game before rewinding the clock multiple days to the events of Resident Evil 3.
- Tank-Top Tomboy: In the announcement, Jill now has a blue tank top to visually illustrate her identity as an Action Girl cop.
- Through the Eyes of Madness: The announcement has a battered, at-wits-end Jill looking into the mirror and seeing flashes of herself as a rotting, undead zombie, before shifting back to her very much alive normal appearance.
- Video Game Remake: As seen in the Special Developer Message, the game uses the engine of Resident Evil 7 and gameplay style of Resident Evil 4 to retell the story of Resident Evil 3. The game was also marketed as "Experience Jill Valentines encounter with the unrelenting Nemesis in this survival-horror classic remade from the ground up."
- He Knows Too Much: Aside from Samuel, who volunteered for medical trials, the Survivors are all people who stumbled upon something Umbrella would prefer to be kept secret: January was close to uncovering their dealings with the Raccoon City police, Valerie was asking too many questions about a friend's mental illness, the lab Tyrone battled fires at had some nasty secrets, Becca had a run-in with zombie dogs, and Martin quite literally stumbled on damning documents while doing repairs at an Umbrella-owned hospital.
- Mythology Gag: Valerie and January are clear nod characters to Resident Evil Outbreak's Yoko and Alyssa, respectively.
- Valerie is a backpack-wielding, Teen Genius university student who got an internship at Umbrella, but once she finds out her colleague, highly implied to be Yoko herself, was involved in a top-secret experiment and is suffering from memory problems, she defects.
- January is a hacker who looks like exactly like Alyssa and was commissioned by the press company she worked at, News Comet, to investigate illegal dealings between Umbrella and the Raccoon Police Department.