With Resident Evil 3 now confirmed, the reveal trailer gives us our first glimpse at what lies ahead. Similar to Resident Evil 2 Remake, players should expect much of the core story to remain intact, with some liberties taken to freshen up the story, and of course, players should expect an expanded story since the original game was quite short when compared to all other games in the Resident Evil series.
The Bioweapon Stalks Relentlessly
The trailer opens with Jill Valentine running for her life, pursued by the bioweapon Nemesis, who can be heard uttering “S.T.A.R.S.” as it did in the original game. This comes as no surprise, as Nemesis has been tasked with eliminating every member of the Special Tactics And Rescue Service (S.T.A.R.S.) team, and it is brutally effective.
The trailer reveals that Jill is one of two remaining S.T.A.R.S. members, with Brad Vickers being the second. Players should not count on Brad since he is a coward, and if the original game is any indication of what lies ahead, Brad will have something rather pressing running through his mind that will keep him from being much help to Jill.
Alongside Jill are the three mercenaries from the Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service (U.B.C.S.), including Carlos Oliveira, Mikhail Victor and Nikolai Zinoviev. Although Jill can be heard blaming them for all the troubles facing Raccoon City, this is not entirely accurate. After the outbreak of the city, Umbrella sent in four platoons of these mercenaries with the intention of rescuing survivors. However, it is later revealed that they were also sent in merely to evaluate their effective survival rates against an outbreak of bioweapons, which as we know, was virtually zero and most were killed shortly after arriving in Raccoon City.
Jill is heard throughout the trailer stating that she does not feel well, and this plays off the original game in that she becomes infected with the t-virus and needs to find an antidote before she becomes a mindless zombie. For this, Carlos Oliveira will play an integral role as players take control of him and his assault rifle. Like Ada Wong in Resident Evil 2 Remake, we can expect Carlos to have an expanded role with more to do compared to the original game, and will probably serve to expand on the story about the mercenary group.
The rest of the trailer provides several familiar settings from the game, including the police department which players will likely spend a short amount of time, and doubtless there will be countless Easter Eggs from Resident Evil 2 Remake since the events take place within a very narrow window of time.
Now that the remake has been formally revealed, the only remaining question is whether Capcom will be including a remake of the Mercenaries mode from the original game. Upon completion of the main story, players would unlock a new mode that would put them in control of one of the three mercenaries, either Carlos, Mikhail or Nikolai. Each character would be tasked with rescuing civilians and reaching a checkpoint to escape.
This was challenging because there was a time limit, an overwhelming number of bioweapons along the way, each character was given a different set of limited resources. Mikhail was easiest, armed with powerful weapons and ammunition, whereas Carlos has less ammunition and weapons that are only effective against certain bioweapons.
Nikolai was by far the most difficult, armed with only a pistol and knife, along with some herbs. Players could rescue all six survivors, or none of them, but each rescue brings additional time and resources to continue fighting along. Depending on your time and how many individuals were saved, players were rewarded with currency that could be used to buy items for Jill to use in the main campaign, including special weapons otherwise unobtainable, infinite ammunition, and more. Check out the video below for a quick look at the original game mode.
Unfortunately, there was nothing else of major importance revealed in the trailer. So far the remake looks like a faithful reproduction of the main story from the original game. Get hyped, Resident Evil fans, the game releases in April and looks to be another fantastic addition to the series.
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