Nemesis Invades Resident Evil Resistance in New Update, Live Now

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Nemesis Invades Resident Evil Resistance in New Update, Live Now

Capcom discusses updating Nemesis for both RE3 and the asymmetrical online multiplayer game.

Update: This article has been updated to credit answers to Kiyohiko Sakata, director of Resident Evil 3. Additional context has also been added to topics involving the Nemesis project and Plagas parasite.

One of the defining aspects of Resident Evil 3 is, without a doubt, the hulking stalker that trails Jill throughout the game. Nemesis is not only one of the most memorable enemies from Resident Evil history, but perhaps one of the most recognizable monsters in all of video game history. I’m pleased to announce that, starting today, you’ll be able to play as Nemesis in Resident Evil Resistance via today’s update that introduces Nicholai Ginovaef as a Mastermind! Alongside Nicholai’s powerful skills, he’ll also be able to summon Nemesis, complete with its own suite of deadly tools to unleash upon hapless Survivors – the first time Nemesis has been playable in a Resident Evil game.

To commemorate this occasion, PlayStation Blog’s Tim Turi asked director of RE3, Kiyohiko Sakata, director of Resident Evil 3, to share additional insight on one of gaming’s greatest monsters, including how they updated Nemesis’ design for a new generation in Resident Evil 3 and created a playable version of it for Resident Evil Resistance. (Quick heads up, there are some minor spoilers for Resident Evil 3 below.)

Nemesis takes aim on Jill in Resident Evil Resistance

Where does Nemesis project research fit into Umbrella’s overall company plans at the time of RE3? Is it their crowning achievement at the time, a side project, etc.?

Umbrella Corporations’ bioweapon research was split between Europe and America. The European branch handled project Nemesis, while the American branch handled T-virus research in tandem.

The Nemesis project was to artificially create a parasite that was discovered in the wild, thus giving birth to NE-α. The idea was to find an appropriate live host that could contain NE-α, which in turn would physically change and transform its host into a bioweapon. However, the reality was no host could contain the power of NE-α, nor was there any means of regulating it. As a result, the project was inevitably put on ice.

In the meantime, the American branch had finished their creation of the Tyrant bioweapon utilizing the T-virus, to the point that they were able to send it into actual field tests. Feeling the pressure, Umbrella Europe decided to utilize Tyrant as a base for creating Nemesis.

The Nemesis project was very aggressively pushed forward and managed to achieve results, but NE-α needed to be regulated through a fitted chest piece on the host, as well as equipped with restraining gear to stop it from going rogue while in the field.

Nemesis still utters the classic “S.T.A.R.S.” line while pursuing Jill. Was there any consideration to remove Nemesis’ speech altogether, or give it even more lines?

In the early development stages, we definitely considered adding more dialogue to showcase its heightened intelligence. Halfway through, there was also a phase where we thought too much dialogue would make Nemesis less scary, so we had considered the option of having it not speak at all. At the end of the day, part of Nemesis’s fear factor is its relentless pursuit in eliminating all S.T.A.R.S. members, so we left the “S.T.A.R.S.” phrase in there as a means of conveying that to the player.

A little fire won’t hold back Nemesis in RE Resistance

Nemesis begins the game almost entirely covered in black material, almost like a body bag. Can you please offer insight into this aesthetic change, the decision behind it, and how that material is damaged throughout the game?

Nemesis is not a completed model, but a prototype. The black material is not Nemesis’ official attire and was restrictive gear that was haphazardly, quickly created to contain it, which is why it has such visuals. We were hoping to create an aesthetic contrast between Nemesis and Tyrant from Resident Evil 2, who has a more completed and finished look.

Nemesis can now infect zombies with parasites. What was the Capcom dev team hoping to achieve with this change, both from a narrative and gameplay perspective?

This was implemented as a means of differentiating Nemesis from Tyrant in Resident Evil 2. We wanted Nemesis to come across as an even more formidable opponent, so we started considering alternate abilities aside from its heavy weapon artillery.

We inevitably decided on this final ability due to the presence of Ganado in Resident Evil 4. Ganado are humanoid enemies that are created through being infected with the Plagas parasite, the original basis for NE-α. When the Plagas activates, it spawns from the neck of its host in the form of a tentacle. NE-α was created to imitate this parasitic quality. We wanted NE-α infected enemies to be visually similar to the Plagas-infected Ganados as a means for fans to piece together how Nemesis fits within the whole Resident Evil franchise. While this was the design and background for Nemesis in this reimagining of Resident Evil 3, we should note that Nemesis was not designed with this in mind in the original Resident Evil 3: Nemesis.

Survivors should keep their distance from Nemesis

Nemesis undergoes an even more dramatic transformation with Type 2 in the RE3 remake compared to the original game. Please discuss the goals and inspirations behind its Type 2 design.

In the original game, Nemesis’s second form is simply the restrictions coming off, allowing it to utilize its tentacle attacks. The differentiation from its first form was not as dramatic, both from a visual and gameplay standpoint. Our goal was to make a transformation more dramatic, not only from a visual standpoint, but also from a gameplay standpoint as well.

Nemesis’ transformation into Type 2 occurs when it’s badly burned and falls into the water. Is there something specific about this combination of events, from a RE pseudo-science perspective, that leads to the form of Type 2?

The trigger for the transformation is a combination of taking damage from Mikhail’s attack and the restrictive gear burning off combined with the regulation device breaking. As a result, the NE-α regenerative capabilities went wild. The transformation is a result of no longer being able to maintain humanoid form through the regenerative process.

What are the best strategies you’ve seen for fighting Nemesis Type 1 and Type 2? Are there any player strategies you’ve seen online that have surprised you?

There are so many good players online! You tend to see players utilizing the dodge mechanic to fight both Type 1 and Type 2. However, the concept of Type 1 was very much all about running away, rather than fighting. Type 2 was designed with higher speed, so fast that the player would not be capable of escaping it. The intention was to have the player switch from running to fighting in this stage. Even though Nemesis’s speed has increased, it lost some intelligence, so we wanted Type 2 to be a fight where players would better understand Nemesis’ movements and have a fighting chance of defeating it.

The nefarious U.B.C.S. operative, Nicholai, from Resident Evil 3 

What makes Nicholai a good fit as a Mastermind in Resident Evil Resistance?

As the mastermind behind the incidents in Resident Evil 3, Nicholai’s cunning personality and willingness to do anything for the right price makes him a perfect fit for a Resident Evil Resistance Mastermind. Nicholai has been on the list of potential Masterminds since the very early stages of development.

What tools does Nicholai have at his disposal as a Mastermind?

Nicholai is good at using firearms and tracking his prey. In Resistance, this translates into useful skills with camera-mounted firearms and abilities that allow him to track the Survivors around the map. He can also control Nemesis to hunt down Survivors, complete with an array of signature skills to use to hunt down his targets. 

How does Nicholai distinguish himself as a Mastermind when compared to the rest of the roster?

Compared to the other Masterminds, Nicholai has more firearm and tracking skills. He’s different from Spencer in how Nicholai’s Exclusive Cards gives him a wider variety of firearms to choose from, and how he’s able to track Survivors and see their actions behind walls. Nicholai’s biggest unique selling point is of course how players can control Nemesis and experience its terrifying power for themselves. 

Key info on Nicholai and Nemesis from the RE Resistance Mastermind menu

How does Nemesis stand out from other Mastermind bioweapons in Resident Evil Resistance?

Nemesis moves at a surprisingly fast speed, can deal multiple attacks using its tentacles, and emits a blood-curdling roar that stops Survivors in their tracks for a set period of time. Compared to G-Birkin and the Tyrant, Nemesis has more ranged attacks.

How did the Resident Evil Resistance version of Nemesis draw inspiration from its Resident Evil 3 iteration?

Nemesis takes on many forms in Resident Evil 3 which changes both its appearance and actions. In Resident Evil Resistance, we choose to use the most widely-known humanoid form and tried to design its skills in a way that will best resonate with people who have played Resident Evil 3.

Nemesis has many weapons and tools at his disposal. How did the team land on this specific loadout for Resident Evil Resistance?

The team evaluated all the attacks Nemesis has in Resident Evil 3, and derived its Resistance skills from the ones we think would feel the most satisfying for players to use when controlling Nemesis. It has a tentacle attack, a dash, and, of course, an ultra-powerful Rocket Launcher. Lots to look forward to!

Nemesis packs some heavy artillery in RE Resistance

What tips do you have for succeeding with Nicholai and Nemesis as a Mastermind?

Try shooting your opponents when they are not paying attention. (Laugh) After the game’s been released for some time, Survivors will become very aware of where the cameras are placed, so defeating Survivors with firearms will no longer be easy. Even though Nicholai is a firearms expert, equipping only firearm cards might not be the best strategy. We suggest including fast creatures to distract Survivors, use skills that hold them in place, equip automated firearms to draw their attention, then ambush them from behind for optimal efficiency. In addition, if the Survivors are gathered together, the adrenaline rush players can get from wiping out an entire team of Survivors using Nemesis’s Rocket Launcher is definitely a Nicholai-exclusive experience.

What tips do you have for Survivors trying to survive against Nicholai?

Don’t wander off alone, communicate with each other and stay alert and agile. The Mastermind’s cameras rotate at a fixed speed, so we recommend players practice how to move around while firing weapons when targeted by camera-mounted firearms. We also strongly suggest melee-focused characters like Tyrone and Sam buy at least one firearm to use against cameras. Nicholai’s firearms can deal a considerable amount of damage, making him very hard to defend against when alone and without support. Cameras also have a shield that prevents them from being disabled again for a period of time after they recover. When players see cameras protected by an Electromagnetic Shield, the best strategy would be to retreat or find cover!

Thanks to the development staff for providing such amazing insight into Nemesis in Resident Evil 3, as well as Nicholai and Nemesis’ tag-team combo in Resident Evil Resistance! You can begin your desperate escape from Nemesis yourself with Resident Evil 3, out now for PlayStation 4, and take control of the bioweapon itself with Resident Evil Resistance, included with Resident Evil 3.

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  • My pitch for an online RE game

    Resident Evil Online

    Free-to-Play multiplayer Resident Evil game that gets updated with content with each new release in the series. This benefits developers so that teams can work on making the best single player for each game while having one stream-lined experience for multiplayer.

    The pillars for success:
    Fun Multiplayer
    Respect the series and it’s fans

    Game types:
    Mercenaries: 2 players
    Mercenaries Versus: 2v2
    Raid Mode: 2 player
    Survive (new game type detailed below: 2 to 4 players

    Equipping 2 character unlocks a Synergy Passive such as:
    Chris and Jill – Arklay Mansion Survivors +15% run speed
    Leon and Jill – Academy Marksman +5% headshot damage

    Characters also speak directly to each other for example:
    Before Round
    “You saved my sister. I know I can count on you, Leon” – Chris
    “Trust me. She’s the one that saved me.” -Leon
    End of Round
    “Your sister wasn’t kidding about you. You’re no joke.” -Leon
    “Back at ya.” -Chris

    There needs to be at least four default characters to start. To acquire more characters, they need to be purchased individually to support the game and can be sold as part of skin bundles. Keeping the icons like Chris, Jill, Leon, etc.. but including others like Krauser, Sheva, Luis, and plenty more.
    You can select the pilot you want to pick you up at the end of Survival Mode and who shouts at you during mercenaries. Characters like Dechant, Brad, Mike (RE4).

    Monetized: players can purchase skins, weapon skins, music and helicopter pilots
    *Stages and game modes are free but are unlocked through a progression system

    Skin ideas with Leon as an example:
    Leon Default (RE2 Remake)
    Leon Classic (RE2)
    Leon RE4 (with Jacket)
    Leon RE4 (jacket-less)
    Leon Polygon (RE2 PSone)
    An example of new DLC for Leon:
    When RE4 Remake happens, whatever that skin may look.

    Music ideas:
    RE4 caught in the village theme
    RE5 Wesker boss fight theme

    Survive Mode (2-4 player):
    Three-location based horde mode where you fall back to a new location each time you are overwhelmed. You need to not only kill zombies, but board up windows/doors to survive. The object is to get as many points as possible during each phase and as ranked and scaled per how many players you have in your group. You fail if one player dies before boarding a helicopter at the end of the last phase.
    *Imagine this like an evolved version of the cabin scene in RE4. Once enemies come crashing through with Leon and Luis, they needed to run upstairs to further hold off the ganado.

    Similar to RE4/ 5, you can push furniture in front of doors and similar to RE2 Remake, you can board up windows. Once zombies are bursting through every door and window, you need to fall back to the next area.

    Item Box:
    You can use an item box in each round to purchase new weapons/items. The contents are different for each map and limited. For instance, if you purchase the Shotgun from the item box, your partner cannot purchase the Shotgun.

    Mansion Stage example:
    Phase 1: Arklay Forest – fighting off zombies, dogs, etc.. until you get overwhelmed so you fall back to..
    Phase 2: Mansion Main Hall – fighting off, boarding windows until you get overwhelmed and fall back to..
    Phase 3: Mansion Courtyard – backyard where you make your final stand
    Each game of Survivor ends with a helicopter picking you up. Both players must survive and get to the chopper to win the game. You don’t need to perform well to win, just survive.

    Classic game mode you all know and love

    Mercenaries Versus:
    Classic game mode with a spin. Two teams that compete with each other for a higher score. You CANNOT attack each other and ultimately the scores add up at the end for a combined total.

    Raid Mode:
    The game mode we all love in the Revelations series. But no magic powers (see the pillars for success).

    Remake all the favorites and fan requested from the original Mercenaries mode games. (RE4 village for example) but also make new levels and reimagined level like reimagining the Mansion for Mercenaries.

    Depending on the level, determines what enemy you face. For example:
    RE1 Mansion: Zombies, dogs, hunter
    RE4 Village: Ganado, ogre, tentacle monster, garrador.

    • This is a really cool pitch!
      Only critique I can offer is I think as far as First RE, Novelization, and Remake go Chris was the Company Marksman who would compete with Forrest (Guy who gets Merc’d by Crows) but Jill was a Demolition Expert so that could be a Bonus!
      Like her and Leon get a Buff Against Explosives or maybe Jill & Claire get extra Damage for being Grenade Launcher users? Sadly I don’t think we’ll see an Online Variation like this unless Capcom takes another shot licensing out and every other Third Party Project w/ Multiplayer is really hit or miss.

  • PotatoPotato_18

    Can’t wait to play as Nemesis and beat the crap outta players XD XD

  • SupremexNemesis

    Can we get a Nemesis Avatar please? 😞

  • I was hype to play as Nemesis in the new multi-player but as soon as the update hit now I can’t even play mastermind on ps4.

    Its like the update broke the matchmaking again and I sit there for hours unable to get a match while as soon as I get to survivor and im a match within 5 minutes and other people are rank 40 with Nicholai already.

    Its ridiculous. Im trying to get other people to buy and play the game but how can I if the game doesn’t work properly half the time.

    Please fix this because I do enjoy this game.

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