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03 December 2019 17:02

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Resident Evil 3 Remake cover art leaks, featuring Jill and Nemesis

Rumors about Capcom's intention to remake Resident Evil 3: Nemesis have circulated online for the better part of this year. Thanks to new details, Resident Evil 3's return may be considered all but outright confirmed. Cover art for an RE3 remake has appeared in some capacity on PlayStation Network. Twitter user Nibel spotted the Gamstat page designated to "Latest PSN additions." Listings for both Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil 3 Z Version appear alongside the recently unveiled Project Resistance. Since the data in question comes from PSN Japan, all three are recorded beneath the Biohazard name, alongside box art.

The aforementioned Tweet from Nibel includes images of the Biohazard logo on the cover art, as well as a logo for Resident Evil. Resident Evil 3 Remake cover art has appeared on PSN pic.twitter.com/4btaentlgI — Nibel (@Nibellion) December 3, 2019 A recent Resident Evil 3 remake rumor hit the web only a couple of weeks ago, complete with claims about a potential 2020 release date. Considering the success of Resident Evil 2's remake, RE3's receiving similar treatment seems a given. Cover art and other images from the rumoured remake of Resident Evil 3 have leaked online, implying an official reveal next week. Proof of the long-anticipated remake of Resident Evil 3 has finally arrived, as box art for the game has been discovered online.

The artwork was discovered on Gamstat, which highlights changes to titles on PlayStation Network (it's a living, we guess) and the latest update includes the standard international version, the Japanese version (where the game was originally called Biohzard: Last Escape), and what is presumably some kind of special edition called the 'Z Version'. The artwork features main villain Nemesis (originally the subtitle of the game in the West) and protagonists Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira. This is the first time Jill has been seen in the new art style for the series, which has been adopted since Resident Evil 7, and it's not surprising to find she's not wearing the ridiculous boob tube she had on in the PlayStation 1 original. Although there's no guarantee, these leaks only reinforce existing rumours that the game is going to be announced at The Game Awards on 13 December, presumably for a release sometime next year. As it is, Resident Evil 3 is set concurrently with the events of Resident Evil 2 and details Jill's attempts to escape the zombie-infested Racoon City while being chased by Nemesis – a more advanced version of a Mr. X style Tyrant.

It's never the last escape for Jill Valentine (pic: Gamstat) MORE: Resident Evil 3 remake due next year claim latest rumours – could it be next gen? MORE: Resident Evil 2 is Golden Joystick Awards 2019 Ultimate Game of the Year winner Images of Capcom's unannounced Resident Evil 3 remake have reportedly been found on the PlayStation Network ahead of a seemingly imminent reveal. The images below were discovered by PSN data tracking website Gamstat and show new designs for protagonists Jill Valentine and Carlos Oliveira. The same source also unearthed new art for multiplayer spin-off Project Resistance, renamed Resident Evil Resistance, suggesting it's full release could be tied to the RE3 remake. It was recently claimed that Capcom will release a remake of Resident Evil 3 in 2020.

YouTube channel Spawn Wave reported in November that a Resident Evil 3 remake is in active development at Capcom, which matches what VGC has been told by a number of sources. A Resident Evil 2 remake released in January 2019 – 21 years after the PlayStation original – and has been a very successful title for Capcom, with sales approaching five million units. It's likely that the Resident Evil 3 remake would be able to reuse at least some assets from that title, as well as mechanics and engine work, making a release at some point in 2020 possible. The original PlayStation version of Resident Evil 3 released the year after its predecessor. Resident Evil 2 producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi has previously indicated Capcom would consider further Resident Evil remakes if fans "voice their enthusiasm" for them.

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The release of Resident Evil 3's remake could coincide with asymmetric online multiplayer game Project Resistance, which went into closed beta in October. The multiplayer spin-off's announcement in September forced Capcom producer Matt Walker to address fan concern about the future of the franchise as a traditional single-player game. Cover art for a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has appeared on Sony's PlayStation Store. News of the leaked cover art comes via gamstat, which culls publicly available information from Sony's API. In western markets the game will be titled Resident Evil 3. Last year's Resident Evil 2 remake also received a "Z Version" in Japan. The leaks come in advance of The Game Awards, which will stream live on Dec. 12, and could be home to an official reveal from Capcom The third entry in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil 3 was originally released in 1999. That game's boss, known as the Nemesis, features prominently in this new cover art. Related Resident Evil 2 is everything a video game remake should be Today's leak coincides with a report from YouTuber SpawnWave, who claimed to have credible reports that a remake was in development and on track for a 2020 launch. In a financial report from October, Capcom called last year's Resident Evil 2 remake an "indisputable success" for the company. This isn't the only Resident Evil game that developer Capcom has on the drawing board. Project Resistance — now apparently known as Resident Evil: Resistance — is a four-against-one online multiplayer game. The rumoured Resident Evil 3 remake has suffered another leak. The main art and cover for Resident Evil 3 Remake have appeared on PSN. There are two covers for Resident Evil 3, as usual, both of which prominently feature Nemesis. Project Resistance, the multiplayer off-shoot Capcom has been testing recently, has also leaked. It's simply called Resident Evil Resistance, and, as pointed out by @Nibellion on Twitter, the cover uses the same font seen on Resident Evil 3's. It's been pretty much an open secret that Capcom would give Resident Evil 3 the same treatment as Resident Evil 2. Rumours as recently as last week said it could be revealed this month, and released in 2020. With The Game Awards coming up, we may just get our first proper look at it.