Resident Evil 3 Remake Drops Mechanic For a More Cohesive Story

Capcom's made a few changes to Resident Evil 3, one of which is how the narrative plays out in the upcoming remake.

According to GameSpot, who was able to play a preview build of the upcoming Resident Evil 3 remake, the survival-horror title will ditch Live Selections. It's one of the many reported changes coming to the reimagining when it launches in April on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 

Live Selections feature prominently in the 1999 version of Resident Evil 3. To be a bit reductive, Live Selections are QTEs that present players with story-altering choices. They must be completed in a certain amount of time and cannot be undone. 

Though there were nine of these choices in the original game, spanning locations from Uptown to the Clocktower and the Raccoon Park, the Resident Evil 3 remake is leaving them behind for a more straightforward narrative that does not warrant branching paths. 

The news was revealed during a GameSpot interview with Pete Fabiano, co-producer on the RE3 remake. Fabiano made clear that the game's director had a specific vision for the remake. 

So with this [remake], the director wanted to tell a consistent story with Jill, and how she and Carlos overcome Nemesis and eventually escape Raccoon City. We just wanted to keep it cohesive, so that you'll have a singular, more consistent narrative throughout.

As noted by GameSpot, the RE3 remake isn't the first game in the series to tweak things. The remake of Resident Evil 2 also left the zapping system behind, in which players were able to switch between Leon Kennedy and Jill Valentine. That's not to mention RE7 completely ditching the third-person perspective, though we suppose that's a tad different. 

While we hope a handful of important scenes return in the RE3 remake, we do know that certain characters will have bigger roles this time around, and that Raccoon City won't look exactly how you might remember it.  

Unfortunately, we weren't able to get our hands on a preview build of the game to provide our early thoughts. However, it looks like we won't have to wait much longer. Capcom confirmed that the Resident Evil 3 remake will be getting a demo ahead of release. An official date for the demo wasn't shared, but it's safe to assume it will drop sometime in March. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on the remake of the 1999 classic, including our review. 

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Published Feb. 25th 2020

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