A new Resident Evil 3 board game challenges you to survive Raccoon City

A new Resident Evil 3 board game challenges you to survive Raccoon City
(Image credit: Steamforged Games)

Because being spooked in video game form apparently isn't enough, a Resident Evil 3 board game is now on the way. It'll recreate the 1999 horror classic as a one-to-four-player co-op experience, right down to a very small - but still oh-so gross - Nemesis. It lands on Kickstarter on April 28, 2020, and unique box designs and miniatures are available to those who make a pledge.

Designed by Steamforged Games (the team behind the Ni No Kuni 2 board game and the upcoming Horizon Zero Dawn adaptation), it'll come in a hefty box stuffed with miniatures, tokens, cards, and map tiles recreating Racoon City. It's not an experience you'll breeze through, either. As described in the press release, the Resident Evil 3 board game can be "experienced either through individual, one-shot scenarios or as a 30+ hour campaign with an overarching storyline". 

Seeing as this is a survival game, things will also get progressively tougher as time passes. Resource management, "meaningful decisions", and an uptick in monsters are partially responsible for that, but the 'tension deck' is what you really need to be careful of. It's a system that promises to surprise players with "unexpected threats" that'll replicate the franchise's tension and jump scares.

Intriguingly, this isn't an adaptation of the recent Resident Evil 3 Remake - it's based on the original video game, right down to the OG depictions of Carlos and his glorious, 90's-era curtains. You can see some of these figures in the gallery below. 

This isn't the first time Steamforged has dealt with the zombie outbreak, of course. They were behind the Resident Evil 2 tabletop remake, so the project is clearly in good hands. Although details are fairly slim right now, we'll be able to find out more when the game launches its Kickstarter campaign on April, 28, 2020. Until then, be sure to check out our list of the best board games and board games for 2 players.

Oh, and don't forget about 2020's other big tabletop Kickstarter release - Frosthaven.

Want more recommendations? We've got plenty in the form of the best board games for adults, the best cooperative board games, and the best card games. 

Benjamin Abbott
Tabletop & Merch Editor

As the site's Tabletop & Merch Editor, you'll find my grubby paws on everything from board game reviews to lists of the very best Lego. I've also been writing about games in one form or another since 2012, and can normally be found cackling over some evil plan I've cooked up for my group's next Dungeons & Dragons campaign.