Capcom had originally planned to set Resident Evil 3 on a cruise ship, the game’s writer has revealed.
According to Yasuhisa Kawamura, the writer behind the final version of the game, the original plans for Resident Evil 3 were scrapped midway through development so that the team could focus on a PlayStation 2 Resident Evil game instead.
Kawamura, meanwhile, had been developing a spin-off Resident Evil title on the sidelines, BIOHAZARD GAIDEN, which became Resident Evil 3 after the original version was scrapped.
“Director Hideki Kamiya’s team was already working on the next title in the series, BIOHAZARD 3 [Resident Evil’s title in Japan],” said Kawamura.
“The game was loosely set on a luxury cruise liner and had a general plot where HUNK was attempting to bring back a sample of the G-Virus.
“However, things started to change mid-1998 when we received word about the impending transition to the PlayStation 2.
“Mr. Kamiya’s team was working hard building a top quality game, but alas it was targeted for the PlayStation 1. By the time the game launched, the market would have shifted towards the PlayStation 2. Furthermore, the PlayStation 2 was a powerful system and without sufficient time for development, the “BIOHAZARD quality” that everyone expected would not be achievable.
“Forced to make a change in plans, Yoshiki Okamoto, who was general manager of development at the time, announced that “BIOHAZARD Gaiden was going to become the last numbered release in the BIOHAZARD series for the PlayStation 1″. What this meant was that from that moment on, “Gaiden” was no longer just a side story, but a part of the official plot line.”
The final version of Resident Evil 3 saw Jill Valentine attempting to escape a zombie-infested Raccoon City while being chased by an unstoppable monster called Nemesis.
Of course, the idea to set Resident Evil on a cruise liner doesn’t appear to have been scrapped completely after Resi 3’s development changed hands. Resident Evil: Revelations, which released in January, is also part set on a cruise ship.
The latest Resident Evil game, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City launches next Friday, March 23rd on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Like Resi 3 once was, it too is a spin-off that sees players fighting against the US government as Umbrella’s Security Service.
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