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Capcom Tells EU Players That ‘Resident Evil 3’ Physical Copies May Be Delayed

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Capcom Tells EU Players That ‘Resident Evil 3’ Physical Copies May Be Delayed

Capcom has announced that physical copies of Resident Evil 3 may be delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Players in the UK and the EU were disappointed this week after publisher Capcom revealed that users may experience delays in receiving their physical copies of the upcoming Resident Evil 3 remaster when it launches next week.

Capcom issued a statement via Twitter yesterday (March 26) announcing the news, writing: “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.”

The statement continues: “We are closely following official regulation to ensure we are prioritising 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.”

Essentially, users based in the UK and EU may face trouble receiving their physical copies in the mail, and retailers across the continent may also face delay in receiving their stock. Fortunately, the game will still be available digitally on release day for PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

Games Industry Delays

The games industry has been widely affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the various lockdowns around the world. In addition to Resident Evil 3 physical copies potentially being delayed, several games conferences and events have been cancelled or postponed including E3 and Gamescom, although the latter is set to return later this summer.

This week, Bethesda announced that its eagerly awaited Wastelanders update for Fallout 76 has been delayed from April 7th to April 14th. The reason, according to a tweet from Bethesda Game Studios, comes as a result of the development team working from home and limited in-person interactions. Bethesda hopes the delay will allow them to further optimise the expansion.

Also this week, the team behind Animal Crossing: New Horizons revealed that post-launch updates may be delayed. Game director Aya Kyogoku told The Washington Post that work on the updates is still going but the team believe they may need to “be flexible” to ensure their release.

An update for New Horizons dropped last week, preparing players and the game for the upcoming Bunny Day event on April 1st. Later next month will see another update for Earth Day and will reportedly bring back special character Leif from the previous iteration Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

It’s unclear how the current coronavirus pandemic will continue to affect the gaming industry and many tech fans have expressed concern that the upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles may be delayed.

Image source: Resident Evil YouTube

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