Capcom may have teased their follow-up to this year's successful Resident Evil 2 remake with a cryptic reference to Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. Released in January, the Resident Evil 2 remake was a highly anticipated modern update of the 1998 installment in the long-running survival horror series. The remake received positive reviews and became an early contender for many game critics' "Game of the Year" award.
Since the remake was first announced, fans of the franchise have been clamoring for a similar update to what many fans consider one of the best games in series: 1999's Resident Evil 3: Nemesis. The same kind of fan demand played a large role in getting the Resident Evil 2 remake greenlit, and Capcom has expressed interest in giving fans what they want. Resident Evil 3 is seen as a high-point in the series for emphasizing a different kind of horror than what the series had provided before. In it, players took control of Jill Valentine, one of the two protagonists of the original Resident Evil, as she evaded the grasp of a super-strong, RPG-wielding undead giant called Nemesis. Nemesis's only goal was to chase down Jill and her surviving allies by any means necessary to kill them before they escape Raccoon City, the game's setting. Nemesis tracked players room-by-room, smashing through walls and relentlessly stalking the player until the final showdown.
Capcom now has fans speculating that the Resident Evil 3 remake may be on its way due to a recent tweet it put out. The official Resident Evil Twitter account tweeted out a mysterious image of Resident Evil 2 protagonist Claire Redfield standing in front of a hole in the Raccoon City Police Department with the caption, "Clearly something or someone doesn't understand the concept of doors..." Though the game has its own wall-smashing stalker enemy in the form of Mr. X, players of Resident Evil 2's remake will recognize this area as one that they visit before Mr. X arrives. Since Resident Evil 3 takes place not only at the same location, but roughly the same time as Resident Evil 2, the implication is that something else broke through that wall.
Just one day earlier, the company sent out a tweet that depicted Jill Valentine from the Resident Evil 1 remake being viewed from under a bed with the caption reading, "Ever feel like somebody's watching you...?" Given that Jill is the protagonist of Resident Evil 3, both images are from remakes of earlier games, and both seem to hint at a strange presence stalking the player and smashing through walls, fans are connecting the two images as a suggestion that Capcom will soon unveil the next remake for the franchise. Of course, Capcom still intends to continue the mainline entries after the critical success of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, but whether or not that means putting off any further remakes for now remains to be seen.
After falling off a bit in terms of critical reception, the series is back in gamers' good graces, and its last two entries have posted impressive sales numbers. Capcom is definitely going to try to continue capitalizing on the franchise's positive momentum, as seen by the developer working with Netflix to turn Resident Evil into a TV series. Fans are hoping that a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis can satisfy an interest that is underserved in modern mainstream gaming: genuine slow-paced survival horror.
Source: Resident Evil