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Resident Evil 3, known in Japan as Biohazard RE:3 (バイオハザード RE:3 Baiohazādo Āru Ī Surī?)]]?) and referred to as Resident Evil 3 Remake or RE3 Remake, is a survival horror game developed and published by Capcom. The game is a remake of the 1999 released Resident Evil 3: Nemesis and follows Jill Valentine as she attempts to escape a zombie apocalypse while hunted by an intelligent bioweapon known as Nemesis. It was released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (via Steam) on April 3, 2020.[1] The game was released along with an online multiplayer mode Resident Evil: Resistance. As with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and the Resident Evil 2 remake, Resident Evil 3 is using the RE Engine, and in Japan it released in two versions relating to local censorship. These are the standard version, the most censored, and the "Z Version", the least.

The game received generally favorable reviews, with praise for its graphics, presentation, and gameplay. It was ,however, criticized for its short length, pacing, and absence of elements from the original game. The game's larger emphasis on moment-to-moment action and scripted sequences also disappointed some critics. According to Capcom, the game sold relatively well and in line with their expectations.


Whereas the original game uses tank controls and fixed camera angles, the remake features third-person shooter gameplay similar to the 2019 Resident Evil 2 remake. It also includes an online multiplayer mode, Resident Evil: Resistance, which pits a team of four players against a "mastermind" who can create traps, enemies, and other hazards.[2] The game features more "rearranged" elements then the Resident Evil 2 remake,[3] and it won't have multiple endings like the original game.

Resident Evil: Resistance also replaces the Mercenaries: Operation Mad Jackal mode from the original game.



The story begins with the live-action/CGI opening cutscene of news reports flooding in about the outbreak in Raccoon City, while Umbrella scientists finish work on their latest project: The Nemesis. After the opening title sequence, the pod containing the Nemesis within can be seen being loaded onto a chopper.

The game is set on September 1998, before the events of Resident Evil 2. Players control former S.T.A.R.S officer Jill Valentine as she attempts to escape Raccoon City during a zombie apocalypse caused by an outbreak of the T-Virus. Jill is hunted by an intelligent bioweapon known as Nemesis, who attempts to kill her and all remaining S.T.A.R.S members.[4]


Capcom producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi mentioned the possibility of a Resident Evil 3 remake after the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake in January 2019.[5] Resident Evil 3 was under development for approximately three years prior to its announcement in 2019.[6][7] Development was assisted by M-Two, founded by former PlatinumGames CEO Tatsuya Minami, and was created using the RE Engine, which was also used in Resident Evil 7 and the Resident Evil 2 remake.[8][9] The multiplayer mode, Resident Evil: Resistance, was developed externally by NeoBards Entertainment, and was previously announced as a separate game, Project Resistance.[10]

Producers Masachika Kawata and Peter Fabiano said the team tried to honor the more action-oriented approach of the original game.[11] Accordingly, they altered character designs, with Jill wearing more practical apparel and Carlos Oliveira redesigned as "more rough around the edges".[11] Nemesis, one of the central aspects of the game, was also redesigned and given new ways to track down the player compared to the Tyrant from the Resident Evil 2 remake.[11]


Resident Evil 3 was announced during Sony's PlayStation presentation show "State of Play" in December 2019, and was released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows on April 3, 2020.[12]


A collector's edition exclusive to GameStop was available for the console versions, and features a Jill Valentine figure, hardcover art book, Raccoon City map poster, and soundtrack.[13]


Resident Evil 3 received "generally favorable" reviews, according to review aggregator website Metacritic.[14][15][16] It was praised for its graphics, sound, gameplay, and fast-paced horror. Kotaku gave the game a positive review, calling it "an intense and confidently executed Resident Evil experience."[17] IGN gave it 9/10 and said it was as strong as the Resident Evil 2 remake.[18]

GameSpot says that the game starts well but could not sustain it.[19] PC Gamer gave the game a 58/100, saying: "It's ultimately an extremely shallow game, with lavish production values failing to mask just how rushed and unambitious it feels."[20] Eurogamer also criticized the short length, saying "all this - the pacing, the progression, the action and Nemesis' design, contributes to the feeling the Resident Evil 3 remake is over too soon".[21] The Verge gave the game a positive review but noted the short length, saying that it was fun while it lasted.[22]


Resident Evil 3 shipped more than two million copies in its first five days of release, although Capcom stated that nearly half of the game's sales were digital.[23] In Japan, the PlayStation 4 version sold more than 189,000 copies in its first week of release, becoming the second best-selling retail game of the week, behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons.[24] Resident Evil 3 had sold 2.5 million copies by May 2020,[25] and 2.7 million copies by June 30, 2020.[26] Although the latter is a 55% decline from its predecessor's 4.2 million copies sold within a similar time span, Capcom considered the game's sales to be solid and in line with their expectations.[27] In January 2021, Capcom reported that the game had sold 3.6 million copies.[28]


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