Capcom may consider tackling a Resident Evil 3 remake next. After ample excitement leading up to release, Resident Evil 2 is now firmly in the hands of gamers. Followers of the Resident Evil series have been awaiting the arrival of the remake, as it now provides fans with the opportunity to trek through an experience that was first released in 1998 on the original PlayStation. Since an entirely new generation filled with gaming enthusiasts is eager to enjoy this content, it made sense to bring it back from the brink of obscurity.
Of course, this line of thinking may very well end up being applied to other iterations of the franchise down the road. Remakes have proven successful in the past across a medley of publishers and IP – just look at the sales of Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy. This means that mumblings of a Resident Evil 3 remake were bound to happen sooner rather than later, and Capcom officials have now taken to commenting on just such a possibility.
During an interview between GameWatch (via GearNuke) and the producer behind the Resident Evil 2 remake, Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, the dev confirmed why Capcom had chosen to reimagine that particular entry in the series. Additionally, Hirabayashi also confirmed it was possible for Resident Evil 3 to get the same treatment. As it turns out, Resident Evil 2 was remade because fans had requested to see a retelling of that game, and the same could happen with Resident Evil 3 – if enough consumers demand it.
It’s a simple answer, truthfully. Capcom is a business and will read the trends and demands of the market in order to generate the most revenue. In that sense, if the remake of Resident Evil 2 does well then it’s likely that a remake of Resident Evil 3 will follow. In fact, there’s an Easter egg in the newest game featuring RE3‘s ill-fated helicopter pilot Brad Vickers, which may be a teaser of sorts for an inevitable reimagining of the third title.
There are other factors that point to the series carrying on well past the return of Resident Evil 2. For starters, Resident Evil is getting a Netflix show, which should only drive further interest in the game series. Having said that, it would be just plain great to see new life breathed into Jill Valentine and the grotesque creature known as Nemesis in a Resident Evil 3 remake.
Resident Evil 2 arrived for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One on January 25, 2019.