For those who played the recently released, Resident Evil 3 Remake, you may have noticed a pretty big change made to the game’s main monster, Nemesis. Unlike in the original release, Nemesis now has the ability to infect zombies with parasites, similar to the Las Plagus parasite found in Resident Evil 4 and 5. Capcom has confirmed that the Resident Evil 3 Remake Nemesis design change was to better link the third game to the fourth.

This confirmation comes from an official Q&A on the PlayStation Blog by Resident Evil 3’s director, Kiyohiko Sakata:

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.

As noted in the answer, the original release of Resident Evil 3 had no mention of this, and while it may seem like a small inclusion, it certainly plays a bigger role in the Resident Evil franchise, and more importantly, it further adds fuel to the rumor that a Resident Evil 4 Remake is being developed by Capcom.

Resident Evil 3 Remake is now available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Be sure to read up on our review of Resident Evil 3 Remake if you haven’t done so already.