There are new developments in the mysterious development of another Resident Evil project, though it is not yet clear if we are seeing news relating to the possible remake of Resident Evil 3, or the next game in the series, Resident Evil 8.
The news comes from Biohaze, a website dedicated to all things related to the Resident Evil series. They claim that Capcom’s Division 1, who have been responsible for both the Resident Evil and Devil May Cry games, have sent out a recruitment email to Resident Evil Ambassadors in Japan. The email seeks game testers, but the title itself remains shrouded in mystery. This points not only to the development of a Resident Evil project, but to one that is far enough in development to merit testing.
There are ample reasons to support the creation of either of the two games. The remake of Resident Evil 2 was both a critical and commercial success and creating a remake of the third game would also be a profitable venture if done correctly.
With that said, Resident Evil 7 can also be described in the exact same way with regards to its success, and a properly made sequel is also merited. Since the game was released in 2017 and its DLC has wrapped up its entire story, there is an equally strong argument to made for the next sequel. Capcom seems to be in a fantastic spot right now with two games that fans are eagerly awaiting to purchase and play.
Still, the call to Resident Evil Ambassadors leaves little doubt that we are seeing one of these two games developed. To be considered a part of this group, Ambassadors must demonstrate an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the lore and history of the series. Some may wonder if the call to the Ambassadors is to test the incoming Nintendo Switch ports of Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6, however that would be unlikely since there does not seem to an indication that they were consulted regarding previous ports, else Resident Evil Zero might have been done with more care.
Prior to this, unconfirmed leaks have circulated for some time regarding the development of one of these two games. AestheticGamer, a source of information that has proven to be sometimes correct about certain Resident Evil projections, stated that we may see a game as early as 2020. This was marred by what some considered to be bad news, in that a remake for Resident Evil 3 was not being handled by the same people who remade the second game, calling into question if the same rich experience would be had if another group were developing the project.
Still, the call to Ambassadors for play testing does coincide with the theory of a 2020 release date. Regardless of which game we get, it does appear that Capcom will be presenting players something in the near future, and for now we are simply left to speculate if we are going to see a remake, or the next story in the long-winding series.