An online entertainment retailer in the UK has helped fuel the thought that we might be seeing a Resident Evil 3 remake in 2020 by making it available for pre-order on their website.
Base.com describes itself as “a specialist online entertainment retailer based in the UK.” According to its website and our research, the company has been around since 2001. We also discovered they’ve maintained an active Twitter (@base_com) presence since 2009.
Yesterday, social media was in a buzz as people began to flock to the website and share screenshots of the pre-order listing on the website.
As of this writing, they are sporting pre-orders for Resident Evil 3 on both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Both are listed for £38.85 (approx. $50.99 USD) which is a saving of £11.14 off what they say is the suggested retail price of £49.99.
Interesting to note that neither listing contains the alleged leaked box art from earlier this week and that it says the estimated shipping date is 31 March 2020. Also note there is no listing for Capcom’s other RE title, Resident Evil Resistance.
So what does it all mean?
Well, that part we’re not clear on. As stated the website has been in operation for a long time and maintains a pretty healthy online activity. They maintain and update their website with sales like most other retailers and share on their social media frequently. On trustpilot.com, they have over 2,000 mostly positive reviews going back several years. They maintain a 4.7/5 “excellent” rating.
There’s a lot going for this website to think this is just a quick and elaborate hoax. We searched the domain and according to ICANN it was first registered in 1994 and was last updated back in April of this year. Which is way before rumors spread.
Obviously, I and most fans want this to be true. However, I’d still advise caution. We didn’t go through with a pre-order on the site but from just clicking through it seems that the listing and checkout are live for the items and money would be taken out if done.
Maybe base.com has inside info on an announcement and the release date. Though I will admit a March release is WAY too optimistic for my taste. It could be a placeholder date considering Capcom’s fiscal year ends the last day of March. Or they’re preparing for what most fans believe is the inevitable release of R3MAKE. Time will tell.
*At the time of this writing, base.com has not responded to our attempts to reach them for more information. This could be due to business hours on their website being listed as Monday – Friday. If we receive correspondence from them on the matter, we will update this article accordingly.