A near unstoppable foe is in Resident Evil 3 players’ paths. It isn’t Nemesis, though. The pandemic is about to potentially have a negative effect on the game. To be more specific, Resident Evil 3 physical copies in Europe may not arrive on the April 3, 2020 launch date due to the current state of the world and delivery delays.
Capcom brought up the announcement in an official statement on Twitter. In it, the company noted that this would affect both the standard and special Resident Evil 3 physical copies, including the collector’s edition with a Jill Valentine figure. But, it only refers to physical copies.
Here’s the full statement:
As we all know, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is having a widespread impact as respective governments in Europe have instituted various restrictions to prevent any additional spread.
Although the global release date for Resident Evil 3 remains April 3, 2020, some European markets may experience delayed deliveries or availability of physical goods, including disc copies of games.
We are closely following official regulations to ensure we are prioritizing the safety of our fans, employees, and partners. As such, we are in frequent communication with our local distribution and retail partners in each market to make copies available once local import conditions allow. Please check with your local retailers for further updates regarding individual orders and availability of Resident Evil 3 physical copies and Collector’s Editions.
We will do our best to keep you updated on major changes and thank you for your patience. In the meanwhile, we hope that you and your loved ones stay safe.
This isn’t the only game where the physical release is going to be hit by pandemic delays. Square Enix already confirmed it will likely happen to Final Fantasy VII Remake physical copies as well.
Resident Evil 3 will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on April 3, 2020. A demo is immediately available.