Resident Evil 3 Physical Copies Could Be Delayed In Europe

The coronavirus pandemic could stop imports of Resident Evil 3 from arriving by its release date.

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Resident Evil 3 is scheduled to release worldwide on April 3, but European players may have to wait a bit longer for physical copies because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Capcom Europe made the announcement on Twitter, saying the standard physical version and collector's edition copies could be affected by delays. These delays weren't promised, but local import conditions in certain regions could stop the game from arriving in stores on time.

"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," Capcom Europe said. "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."

The changes do not appear to affect North America, though lockdowns in several states and closure of non-essential businesses could still stop you from receiving the game on time. The digital version will still be available on April 3, as well, but slower download speeds for Europe's PlayStation Network could make installing it a chore.

When it is released, Resident Evil 3 will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and comes with the multiplayer game Resident Evil Resistance. A demo for Resident Evil 3 that shows off the game's new dodge mechanic and action-oriented combat is available to download now, and a beta for Resistance begins March 27. The beta will then run up until the game's official release date.

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