Ever since the release of Resident Evil 2 Remake earlier this year there have been rumors that Capcom has plans for a Resident Evil 3: Nemesis follow-up. Like RE 2 Remake, Nemesis would use the updated RE engine to deliver modern-generation graphics supported by improved gameplay mechanics. The setup would be roughly the same, but the game would look and play as if it were created today.
Since then the rumors have not stopped and it looks like the Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake is all but confirmed at this point. However, a new rumor claims that the Nemesis remake will actually release next year – much sooner than anticipated.
YouTube content creator Spawn Wave has the scoop, and claims that Resident Evil 3: Nemesis Remake is in active development. VideoGamesChronicle then corroborated the rumor saying that it has heard similar details from its sources. Both Spawn Wave and VGC have also heard that the remake is targeting a 2020 release date.
Given that Resident Evil 2 Remake released in February 2019, the fact that a sequel is slated for one year later is very surprising. Typically sequels take several years of development and Capcom only said that it would “consider” future remakes if RE 2 was a success, which it was.
The remake sold well, topping out around 4.2 million units in May of this year. For comparison, the original game has sold a little under 5 million units since releasing in 1998. With several Capcom game sales planned for Black Friday and the holiday season, it’s fair to say that Resident Evil 2 Remake could get a boost and further pad its stats.
But while it may seem like Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake’s release date is so soon, some may remember that the original RE 3 released only a year after RE 2. Capcom’s plan was to reuse a lot of the assets from Resident Evil 2 and deliver a spin-off, but the game proved so successful that the studio decided to make it a numbered title. The real Resident Evil 3 team was then moved over to work on Resident Evil 4, which underwent several different iterations under different leadership. One RE 4 version was eventually spun off into Devil May Cry with Hideki Kamiya at the helm and Shinji Mikami put his stamp on the eventual Resident Evil 4.
So it may not be as unbelievable to think that a game that was created in such a short time would be difficult to remake. Of course, Capcom needs to make it official before anything truly happens.