It's officially official: a Resident Evil 3 remake is on the way next year and we've got the trailer to prove it. There has been speculation for some time that Capcom was looking to further capitalize on one of its most bankable titles by reviving another classic for current-gen consoles. Given the success they enjoyed with the Resident Evil 2 remake, which arrived earlier this year, it makes a great deal of sense that the next entry in the original zombie series is on deck for an update. Jill Valentine is back, baby.

This new Resident Evil trailer opens up in very cinematic fashion, showcasing the destruction that the T-Virus, and the monsters it created, have brought upon Racoon City. Things then transition into some of the action, which shows off the enhanced and updated graphics, gameplay and genetically-modified abominations that are at the heart of the game's horror. We then get into a little more of the story, which centers on Jill Valentine as she must navigate a city that is absolutely overrun with the infected. Overall, this looks to be an impressive update, when compared to its 1999 predecessor.

As far as details go, much like the RE2 remake, this will provide gamers with an over-the-shoulder camera perspective, as well as completely renewed graphics and gameplay. This isn't just a touch-up job. It's an overhaul. Perhaps most importantly, the Resident Evil 3 remake will feature a four-on-one multiplayer called Resident Evil: Resistance. Originally, it was expected that "Project Resistance" was a separate game within the series being developed. Fortunately for fans' wallets, it's all being put together in a nice, neat package.

Resident Evil 3 centers on a series of strange disappearances that have been occurring in Racoon City. A specialist taskforce named S.T.A.R.S. has been looking into the case, and has determined that the pharmaceutical company Umbrella and their biological weapon, the T-Virus, are behind the incidents. However, they've lost several members of their team along the way. Jill Valentine and the other survivors must make this truth known, only to find that the police department is under Umbrella's influence and their reports are, as a result, rejected. But reports of a grisly "cannibal virus" begin to surface, and vicious dogs begin roaming the streets. As the virus spreads through the town, Jill is determined to survive, which will be tricky as an extremely powerful pursuer has already been sent to take her out.

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Originally released as Resident Evil 3: Nemesis on the Playstation, the game was a big critical success and sold more than 3.5 million copies. The Resident Evil series, outside of video games, has also had success as a movie franchise. Across seven entries, the movies have grossed $1.2 billion, with a reboot on the way as well. Resident Evil 3 is set to arrive on April 3, 2020, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC from Capcom. Sorry, Nintendo Switch owners. Be sure to check out the trailer for yourself.

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