While the release date for Resident Evil 3 is nearly upon us, Capcom has shed some news that could be frustrating for those who pre-ordered physical editions of the game. In a recent post, the company has mentioned that due to COVID-19 and the impact that it has had on the word, that physical & collector editions of the game, could be delayed in Europe.
The full statement reads as follows:
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 make sure 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.
– The Capcom Europe Team
So far this seems to be isolated to Europe, but as we all know, European regions aren’t the only areas that have been devastated by COVID-19. Don’t be surprised if this happens to North America. Mainly due to distribution centers being overworked, likely understaffed now and people’s health are more important than gaining access to a game.
For those who need to play Resident Evil 3, you’ll still be able to pick up a digital copy. I know it’s not the same thing, but it’s either that or wait until you’re finally able to get access to a physical copy.
Resident Evil 3 releases on April 3rd, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.