#152: Resi 3 Remake ’90 percent done’

TODAY: More Oddworld games headed to Switch — Bet you didn’t know that the UK used to have a law against ‘ninja weaponry’ — PlanetSide Arena is shutting down after just four months in Early Access

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Resident Evil 3 remake 90% complete

Capcom is applying the last few touches to the Resident Evil 3 Remake, so the game will not see any delays according to a Famitsu interview with producers Masao Kawada and Peter J. Fabiano.

The game’s high concept is the ‘fear of being relentlessly pursued’, embodied by Nemesis. Resident Evil 2 Remake was more about the fear of zombies, while Resident Evil 3 Remake will be more action-oriented and presumably rely more on Nemesis pursuing you to create tension.

Nemesis was inspired by T-1000 from Terminator 2

Jill Valentine is the star of the show, and Capcom has been careful to keep her design familiar. Her design will emphasize her beauty, while her outfit is more ‘tactically suitable’ to suit the more action-packed story.

The story remains similar to the original game, but will be rearranged – apparently more so than Resident Evil 2 Remake was. Carlos has had a bit of a make-over, but retains his charming and passionate personality, while Brad Vickers is expected to reappear – although something has changed for the S.T.A.R.S team.

Resident Evil 3 Remake hits PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on April 3rd.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which famous Capcom character is an unlockable costume for Jill in the original Resident Evil 3?

  • Chun Li (Street Fighter)
  • Regina (Dino Crisis)
  • Roll (Mega Man)
  • Morrigan (Darkstalkers)

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today’s issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

News Bits

Devil May Cry 3 remaster for Switch to feature “a little something extra”

Capcom is well aware that Devil May Cry 3 “holds a very special place in all of your hearts”, so the remastered version for Switch will feature “a little something extra” in store to treat fans. According to producer Matt Walker, there will be more information on January 16th, January 30th and February 13th. Devil May Cry 3 launches on Nintendo eShop on February 20th.

More Oddworld games for Switch

Microids and Oddworld Inhabitants have signed a deal to bring three classic Oddworld games to Switch. Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath arrives on the Nintendo eShop on January 23rd with a retail version arriving later in the quarter. Oddworld Inhabitants plans to release four games this year, including Oddworld: Soulstorm for PC and consoles.

Daily Fact

Soul Blade had many naughty bits changed, including some weapons

Soul Blade had quite a rough passage to the West, including censorship and a name change. The game was originally called Soul Blade, but Namco decided they didn’t want to tussle with the highly litigious Edge Games, who had laid claim to usage of the word ‘edge’ in interactive entertainment products.

Another problem was Li Long’s weapons: UK law literally prohibited the depiction of ‘ninja weaponry’, so that meant the nunchakus were out and Li Long was given a three-section staff in the UK version. The final alteration was the opening cinematic, which featured a nude Sophitia in Japan – while us prudish Westerners saw her in a swimsuit instead.

Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss today’s fact.

Daily News

Ferocious new Volibear design for the 2020 season of League of Legends

Everyone’s favorite ursine League of Legends champion has clearly had an appointment with a stylist ahead of the 2020 season.

Judging by the trailer, Volibear will be less heavily armoured and seems to have gotten in touch with his inner animal, sporting a more ferocious look with a narrower, more menacing jawline.

The tenth season will simply be called 2020

It’s unclear whether these changes reflect an overhauled skillset, or if it’s just a an aesthetic upgrade. In any case, this is not the kind of bear you wanna stumble across in the woods. Riot has more update teasers in store, so stay tuned.

PlanetSide Arena servers closing

Back in December, Daybreak Games announced that that they are shutting down the PlanetSide Arena servers and we are now in the game’s final days.

The Early Access period showed that there just weren’t enough players to “sustain the gameplay experience we envisioned,” according to Daybreak Games. Everyone who bought the Early Access version will be fully refunded, as willl anyone who made in-game purches.

PlanetSide Arena is over after less than 6 months

“As painful as it is to close this chapter so quickly, we remain deeply committed to this franchise, and look forward to continuing this journey through the PlanetSide Universe with all of you,” said Executive Producer Andy Sites in a message from the dev team.

The game will no longer be playable after January 10th, so now is your last chance to enjoy the last hurrah. PlanetSide Arena was a Battle Royale take on the classic sci-fi MMO series.

News Bits

Pokémon Direct livestream with “roughly 20 minutes” of new info

Better polish those Pokéballs and put on your best Trainer gear, because Nintendo will be broadcasting a ‘Pokemon Direct’ livestream on January 9th, featuring “roughly 20 minutes of new Pokémon information”. The Pokémon Company is hard at work with a number of new games for Switch, iOS and Android – including a follow-up to 2016’s Detective Pikachu for 3DS.

Fantasy Flight Interactive announces it’s closing down after two years

The studio behind The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game is shutting down. Fantasy Flight Interactive was founded a little over two years ago, but studio head Tim Gerritsen – formerly of Irrational Games – has revealed that it can’t go on: “I’m going to do my best to get my team placed in new positions,” he said. The studio was established by Asmodee in 2017 to make adaptations of tabletop games.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which famous Capcom character is an unlockable costume for Jill in the original Resident Evil 3?

Answer: Regina (Dino Crisis)

Capcom loves to mix up their famous characters and franchises, and so Regina from Dino Crisis has more cameo appearances than starring roles. The Resident Evil games traditionally feature unlockable character costumes, and in Resident Evil 3 Jill can dress up as the red-headed dinosaur hunter.

Weekly Giveaway

Blackmoor 2 on Nintendo Switch

We’re kicking off this year’s weekly giveaway with some Switch codes for Blackmoor 2, which is releasing on the Nintendo Switch eShop today.

Blackmoor 2 is a beat-em-up platformer that supports 4 player co-op action. Please follow us on Twitter or Facebook to be entered into this giveaway. We will be sending out one code each day this week, and good luck to everyone that enters.

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