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.
|1||Wesker's Report II||Short Film||2000-02-03||1978||Released exclusively on Capcom's European Website. Available online.|
|2||Wesker's Report||Short Film||2002-03-22||1998||Offered in Various Releases of CODE:Veronica X Available online.|
|3||Resident Evil Zero||Game||Koji Oda||2002-11-12||1998|
|4||Umbrella Chronicles: Beginnings||Game||Yasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake||2007-11-13||1998||Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil Zero|
|5||Resident Evil||Game||Shinji Mikami||1996-03-30||1998||Remake of the original release|
|6||Umbrella Chronicles: Rebirth||Game||Yasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake||2007-11-13||1998|
|7||Resident Evil 2 (Remastered)||Game||Kazunori Kadoi, Yasuhiro Ampo||2019-01-25||1998||Original game came out in 1998.|
|8||Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (Remastered)||Game||Kiyohiko Sakata||2020-04-03||1998||First half occurs 24 hours before Resident Evil 2, second half two days after|
|9||Resident Evil Outbreak||Game||Eiichiro Sasaki||2003-12-11||1998||Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2|
|10||Resident Evil Outbreak: File #2||Game||Eiichiro Sasaki||2004-09-09||1998||Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2|
|11||Umbrella Chronicles: The 4th Survivor||Game||Yasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake||2007-11-13||1998||Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2|
|12||Umbrella Chronicles: Death's Door||Game||Yasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake||2007-11-13||1998||Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2|
|13||Biohazard 4D-Executor||Film||Kōichi Ōhata||2000-01-01||1998|
|14||Resident Evil Survivor||Game||Hiroyuki Kai||2000-01-27||1998|
|15||Resident Evil CODE: Veronica||Game||Hiroki Kato||2000-02-03||1998|
|16||The Darkside Chronicles: Operation Javier||Game||Shotaro Suga, Hisashi Fujii, Kōhei Nanri, Masayuki Shimura, Takahito Sekimoto, Masafumi Maruyama, Shusuke Uemura, Kazufumi Fujikubo, Masamiti Haneji, Kōichi Tanigawa||2009-11-17||2002|
|17||Resident Evil: Dead Aim||Game||Eiro Shirahama, Takuya Iwasaki||2003-02-13||2002|
|18||Umbrella Chronicles: Wesker's Extra Report||Audio Drama||2007-11-17||2003||Came with special editions of the Japanese version of the title. Available online.|
|19||Umbrella Chronicles: Prelude to the Fall||Comic Issue||Masaru Miyazaki||2007-11-08||2003|
|20||Umbrella Chronicles: Umbrella's End||Game||Yasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake||2007-11-13||2003|
|21||Umbrella Chronicles: Dark Legacy||Game||Yasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake||2007-11-13||2003|
|22||Resident Evil 4||Game||Shinji Mikami||2005-01-11||2004|
|23||Revelations: Rachel's Trailer||Short Film||2005||Available online.|
|24||Revelations: Jessica's Report||Short Film||2005||DVD extra that was sold in Japan in Limited numbers alongside RE: Revelations. Available online.|
|25||Resident Evil: Revelations||Game||Koshi Nakanishi, Tomohiro Shingu||2012-01-26||2005|
|26||Resident Evil: Degeneration||Film||Makoto Kamiya||2008-10-18||2005|
|27||Resident Evil 5: Lost in Nightmares||Game||Kenichi Ueda||2009-03-05||2006|
|28||Resident Evil 5||Game||Kenichi Ueda||2009-03-05||2009|
|29||Resident Evil 5: Desparate Escape||Game||Kenichi Ueda||2009-03-05||2009||Takes place halfway through Resident Evil 5|
|30||Biohazard: The Stage||Play||Katsuhide Suzuki||2015-10-01||2010||A stage play canon to the Resident Evil universe|
|31||Resident Evil: Revelations 2||Game||Yasuhiro Ampo||2015-02-25||2011|
|32||Revelations 2: The Struggle||Game||Yasuhiro Ampo||2015-02-25||2011||Takes place halfway through Revelations 2|
|33||Revelations 2: Little Miss||Game||Yasuhiro Ampo||2015-02-25||2011||Takes place halfway through Revelations 2|
|34||Resident Evil: Damnation||Film||Makoto Kamiya||2012-10-09||2011|
|35||Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 1||Graphic Novel||Naoki Serizawa||2012-06-08||2012|
|36||Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 2||Graphic Novel||Naoki Serizawa||2012-10-05||2012|
|37||Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 3||Graphic Novel||Naoki Serizawa||2013-01-08||2012|
|38||Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 4||Graphic Novel||Naoki Serizawa||2013-05-08||2012|
|39||Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 5||Graphic Novel||Naoki Serizawa||2013-10-08||2012|
|40||Resident Evil 6||Game||Eiichiro Sasaki||2012-10-02||2012|
|41||Biohazard: Heavenly Island||Graphic Novel||Naoki Serizawa||2015-03-06||2014|
|42||Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps||Game||2016-06-21||2014|
|43||Resident Evil: Vendetta||Film||Takanori Tsujimoto||2017-05-27||2014|
|44||Resident Evil 7: Biohazard: Daughters||Game||Kōshi Nakanishi||2017-01-26||2014|
|45||Resident Evil 7: Biohazard||Game||Kōshi Nakanishi||2017-01-26||2017|