Update, 12:20 p.m. PT: Capcom clarified to GamesRadar and OXM that safe rooms will still be safe, and Nemesis cannot follow you into them. According to its updated post, Nemesis is still relentless but there will be certain areas off-limits to him.
The confusion seemed to stem from Nemesis breaking into a room with a progress-saving typewriter. The room was not, in fact, a designated "safe room." We also clarified that it was a misunderstanding on the writer's part, and not information directly from RE3 producer Peter Fabiano. The headline has been updated accordingly, but at least we can rest easy knowing there will be some safety from Nemesis in Raccoon City.
The original story follows:
In Resident Evil 3, not even the safe rooms can save you from Nemesis. In a first for the series, the hulking Nemesis will be able to break into safe rooms when pursuing Jill Valentine.
Well, Nemesis just got a whole lot scarier. As if he wasn't already terrifying enough, the latest issue of the Official Xbox Magazine has a preview and an interview with Resident Evil 3 producer Peter Fabiano. In the issue, it says Nemesis will actually pursue protagonist Jill Valentine into a safe room. You can purchase standalone issues of the Official Xbox Magazine through MyFavouriteMagazines.com.
It sounds like if you're being pursued by Nemesis, you'll have to break his line of sight before ducking out into a safe room. If you just head into a safe room while the Tyrant's pursuing you, he'll burst through the door to confront you. Please Capcom, have mercy.
This is a stark contrast to Resident Evil 2's Mr. X. The Tyrant from 2019's reimagining of Resident Evil 2 could never enter safe rooms, and as soon as either Leon Kennedy or Claire Redfield entered a safe room, Mr. X would despawn and start from another location. In the interview with OXM, Fabiano talks about seeing the suped-up Mr. X in Resident Evil 2, and knowing they needed to make Nemesis even more intimidating in Resident Evil 3.
Resident Evil 3 releases in under a month on April 3, 2020, for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The developers revealed a forthcoming demo for the game last week, but there's no word yet on when it'll be released.