After being remade for the GameCube, Capcom was aiming for a July/August 2002 release in Japan and a November one for the US market.
The appereance of CERO destroyed their plans though. CERO’s job is to control videogames that show explicit violence or/and gore. They then can decide if it necessary for the producer to cut the game.
Capcom of course feared this organization which was founded just two or three months before the planned release of RE Zero. The game was delayed until November, remained uncut though. Due to the complications Capcom Japan must have had with CERO, the game was released in USA earlier than in Japan.
Release Dates: USA: 12.11.2002 | Japan 30.11.2002 | PAL: 7.3.2003