Resident Evil Timeline

Resident Evil is one of the more popular franchises that originated in Japan, but quickly took off in North America and beyond. It remains the definitive zombie video game franchise. This is the Resident Evil timeline.

What’s on the Resident Evil Timeline?

This list attempts to create a playing order (or in some cases viewing/reading order) for all major pieces of Resident Evil media. However this only includes items that are canon within the video game universe. The Resident Evil theatrical films do not exist on this timeline. They are a separate chronology. This list does not attempt to split up any media into individual scenes/pages, but rather focuses on an easy to follow reading/playing/watching list (with a few exceptions). In the event that two works cover the exact same time-frame we first list the first published work. Additionally we base the placement within the timeline on where the work ends rather than where it begins.

This list of Resident Evil media includes:

  • The Resident Evil Games: Considered the “core” medium for the Resident Evil franchise. These include the main series of games, as well as a few smaller side games.
  • Comics: There are several tie-in comics than any other video game franchise. We include them in the timeline.
  • Films/Short Films: You can find a few animated films and short stories that are canon within this universe. We have included them here.

There are a few other pieces of media that fit in, such as the Biohazard: The Stage theatrical play, and you can find it all in chronological order below. And if you enjoyed this Resident Evil timeline, you might like some of our others, such as the Halo timeline. We hope you enjoy!

Where do I start with Resident Evil?

Since this is a franchise based on video games, you should definitely start with those. We recommend the Resident Evil Origins Collection for the best starting experience. It includes remastering of the prequel, Resident Evil Zero and the original Resident Evil.

entries

ChronologicalTimeBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

1978

Short Film

2000-02-03

Released exclusively on Capcom’s European Website. Available online.

2

1998

Short Film

2002-03-22

Offered in Various Releases of CODE:Veronica X Available online.

3

1998

Game

Hiromichi Nakamoto
Jun’ichi Miyashita
Noboru Sugimura

2002-11-12

4

1998

Game

Haruo Murata
Yasuhiro Seto

2007-11-13

Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil Zero

5

1998

Game

Kenichi Iwao
Yasuyuki Saga

1996-03-30

Remake of the original release

6

1998

Game

Haruo Murata
Yasuhiro Seto

2007-11-13

7

1998

Game

2019-01-25

Original game came out in 1998.

8

1998

Game

Yasuhisa Kawamura

2020-04-03

First half occurs 24 hours before Resident Evil 2, second half two days after

9

1998

Game

Haruo Murata
Takeshi Nose

2003-12-11

Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2

10

1998

Game

Haruo Murata
Takeshi Nose

2004-09-09

Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2

11

1998

Game

Haruo Murata
Yasuhiro Seto

2007-11-13

Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2

12

1998

Game

Haruo Murata
Yasuhiro Seto

2007-11-13

Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2

13

1998

Film

Daisuke Okamoto
Noboru Sugimura

2000-01-01

14

1998

Game

Naoyuki Sakai
Noboru Sugimura

2000-01-27

15

1998

Game

Noboru Sugimura

2000-02-03

16

2002

Game

Hisashi Fujii
Kazufumi Fujikubo
Kōhei Nanri
Kōichi Tanigawa
Masafumi Maruyama
Masamiti Haneji
Masayuki Shimura
Shotaro Suga
Shusuke Uemura
Takahito Sekimoto

2009-11-17

17

2002

Game

Jun’ichi Miyashita
Noboru Sugimura
Toyokazu Sakamoto

2003-02-13

18

2003

Audio Drama

2007-11-17

Came with special editions of the Japanese version of the title. Available online.

19

2003

Comic Issue

Masaru Miyazaki

2007-11-08

20

2003

Game

Haruo Murata
Yasuhiro Seto

2007-11-13

21

2003

Game

Haruo Murata
Yasuhiro Seto

2007-11-13

22

2004

Game

2005-01-11

23

2005

Short Film

Available online.

24

2005

Short Film

DVD extra that was sold in Japan in Limited numbers alongside RE: Revelations. Available online.

25

2005

Game

Dai Satō

2012-01-26

26

2005

Film

Shotaro Suga

2008-10-18

27

2006

Game

Haruo Murata
Yoshiaki Hirabayashi

2009-03-05

28

2009

Game

Haruo Murata
Yoshiaki Hirabayashi

2009-03-05

29

2009

Game

Haruo Murata
Yoshiaki Hirabayashi

2009-03-05

Takes place halfway through Resident Evil 5

30

2010

Play

Katsuhide Suzuki

2015-10-01

A stage play canon to the Resident Evil universe

31

2011

Game

Dai Satō

2015-02-25

32

2011

Game

Dai Satō

2015-02-25

Takes place halfway through Revelations 2

33

2011

Game

Dai Satō

2015-02-25

Takes place halfway through Revelations 2

34

2011

Film

Shotaro Suga

2012-10-09

35

2012

Graphic Novel

Naoki Serizawa

2012-06-08

36

2012

Graphic Novel

Naoki Serizawa

2012-10-05

37

2012

Graphic Novel

Naoki Serizawa

2013-01-08

38

2012

Graphic Novel

Naoki Serizawa

2013-05-08

39

2012

Graphic Novel

Naoki Serizawa

2013-10-08

40

2012

Game

Shotaro Suga

2012-10-02

41

2014

Graphic Novel

Naoki Serizawa

2015-03-06

42

2014

Game

2016-06-21

43

2014

Film

Makoto Fukami

2017-05-27

44

2014

Game

Richard Pearsey

2017-01-26

45

2017

Game

Richard Pearsey

2017-01-26

Comments
  1. re

    forgot resident evil vendetta (film)

    1. Jason Hamilton

      Thanks!

  2. re

    np
    its timeline one before Resident evil 7

  3. Zero

    If RE:2 Reimagining is canon, then why in RE6 THE G-Virus file it’s said that Claire made the vaccine for Sherry following Annette’s guide, just like happened in the original RE2 ? Also the Umbrella Chronicles Death’s Door is a direct Sequel from the Original RE2 LEON B in which Ada saves Leon and then she forges her death. I don’t think those Reimaginings 2 and 3 are canon, they don’t fit in the storyline, they have continuity issues and inconsistencies.

  4. Abraham Smith

    There seem to be several Umbrella Chronicles that are not on here. They are called: Train Derailment, Mansion Incident, Racoon’s destruction, And Nightmare. Are they there somewhere in the ones you listed?

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