Sometimes you just can’t get enough blood-stained corridors and undead monstrosities (unless you’ve gone to the Winchester to wait for it all to blow over.) The remake of Resident Evil 2 has been out for mere days, but there is already speculation that Capcom might be considering a re-imagining of another classic Resident Evil title – that is, 1999’s Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, which originally launched on the Sony PlayStation.
Now Capcom’s penchant for breathing new life into ‘old’ intellectual properties isn’t anything new; the company has stated in the past that remakes and re-releases are an important part of its strategy. But, crucially, the producer of the Resident Evil 2 remake – Mr. Yoshiaki Hirabayashi – has explained that the reason this re-imagined title came into existence was because fans wanted it, and Capcom dutifully delivered.
So when it comes to the issue of Resident Evil 3, Hirabayashi has indicated that the same rules could apply. I can’t quote from him directly as the source is written in Japanese (and auto-translate doesn’t really cut the mustard) but the general gist is this: if enough people want to play a Resident Evil 3 remake, Capcom will certainly consider it.
And I must say, it definitely sounds like there’s an appetite for such an offering. The Resident Evil 2 remake might be a new addition to the gaming library, but it has been very well received; it currently has a Metascore of 91 – made up of a fair few 10/10 reviews – and indeed the user responses have been overwhelmingly positive as well, with the average score standing at 9.2. So I think even if Capcom’s inbox is bereft of direct enquiries about Resident Evil 3, I think it unimaginable that the company would ignore this response and ‘rest’ the Resident Evil franchise in perpetuity. But we’ll have to wait and see. It’s certainly worth dropping them a line if it’s something you feel passionately about.
So tell me – would you play a Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake? Or is Resident Evil 2 enough for you? Should Capcom focus on creating brand new titles and IPs, or would you like to see it delivering more ‘re-imaginings’ from its back catalogue? Let me know in the comments below.
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