Update: Resident Evil 3: The Board Game has launched on Kickstarter, and the campaign will run for 14 days. There is only one pledge tier that gets you the game and the Jill Valentine Kickstarter exclusive mini. Add-ons include: a pack of Racoon City tiles (free for backers of RE2), a retro pack of cards, and extra dice.
Our preview post below was published on April 24.
Steamforged Games brings a new Resident Evil installment to Kickstarter on April 28. Resident Evil 3: The Board Game is a 1-4 player cooperative survival horror game in which players are trying to survive and escape Racoon City in the midst of a zombie virus outbreak.
Resident Evil 3 builds on the system of the previously released Resident Evil 2. As was the case with that game, you can play any scenario as standalone or chain them into a campaign. An important visual difference between the two games is that the tiles in RE3 are not so dark any more. This was a very common complaint from owners of RE2, and Steamforged has now made sure that you see where you are going.
RE3 adds the Racoon City dashboard to the campaign mode. This helps you monitor the locations you are visiting, especially when you backtrack: when you try to access a location but don't have the necessary item to do so, you can go back to a previously explored place and return with the item. Some locations won't be accessible unless you play the scenario that unlocks them. Racoon City also has a danger level, and if it maxes out, you lose the game.
A deck of narrative event cards will give the player choices ( e.g. you see a bleeding survivor: do you try to save them or take them out of their misery?), and the Tension deck will be adding more suspenseful moments into the game (you draw a card at the end of each turn, and some cards interact with the city danger level).