Resident Evil Timeline
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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.

1Wesker's Report IIShort Film2000-02-031978Released exclusively on Capcom's European Website. Available online.
2Wesker's ReportShort Film2002-03-221998Offered in Various Releases of CODE:Veronica X Available online.
3BuyResident Evil ZeroGameKoji Oda2002-11-121998
4BuyUmbrella Chronicles: BeginningsGameYasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake2007-11-131998Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil Zero
5BuyResident EvilGameShinji Mikami1996-03-301998Remake of the original release
6BuyUmbrella Chronicles: RebirthGameYasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake2007-11-131998
7BuyResident Evil 2 (Remastered)GameKazunori Kadoi, Yasuhiro Ampo2019-01-251998Original game came out in 1998.
8BuyResident Evil 3: Nemesis (Remastered)GameKiyohiko Sakata2020-04-031998First half occurs 24 hours before Resident Evil 2, second half two days after
9BuyResident Evil OutbreakGameEiichiro Sasaki2003-12-111998Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2
10BuyResident Evil Outbreak: File #2GameEiichiro Sasaki2004-09-091998Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2
11BuyUmbrella Chronicles: The 4th SurvivorGameYasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake2007-11-131998Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2
12BuyUmbrella Chronicles: Death's DoorGameYasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake2007-11-131998Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2
13Biohazard 4D-ExecutorFilmKōichi Ōhata2000-01-011998
14BuyResident Evil SurvivorGameHiroyuki Kai2000-01-271998
15BuyResident Evil CODE: VeronicaGameHiroki Kato2000-02-031998
16BuyThe Darkside Chronicles: Operation JavierGameShotaro Suga, Hisashi Fujii, Kōhei Nanri, Masayuki Shimura, Takahito Sekimoto, Masafumi Maruyama, Shusuke Uemura, Kazufumi Fujikubo, Masamiti Haneji, Kōichi Tanigawa2009-11-172002
17BuyResident Evil: Dead AimGameEiro Shirahama, Takuya Iwasaki2003-02-132002
18BuyUmbrella Chronicles: Wesker's Extra ReportAudio Drama2007-11-172003Came with special editions of the Japanese version of the title. Available online.
19Umbrella Chronicles: Prelude to the FallComic IssueMasaru Miyazaki2007-11-082003
20BuyUmbrella Chronicles: Umbrella's EndGameYasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake2007-11-132003
21BuyUmbrella Chronicles: Dark LegacyGameYasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake2007-11-132003
22BuyResident Evil 4GameShinji Mikami2005-01-112004
23Revelations: Rachel's TrailerShort Film2005Available online.
24Revelations: Jessica's ReportShort Film2005DVD extra that was sold in Japan in Limited numbers alongside RE: Revelations. Available online.
25BuyResident Evil: RevelationsGameKoshi Nakanishi, Tomohiro Shingu2012-01-262005
26BuyResident Evil: DegenerationFilmMakoto Kamiya2008-10-182005
27BuyResident Evil 5: Lost in NightmaresGameKenichi Ueda2009-03-052006
28BuyResident Evil 5GameKenichi Ueda2009-03-052009
29BuyResident Evil 5: Desparate EscapeGameKenichi Ueda2009-03-052009Takes place halfway through Resident Evil 5
30Biohazard: The StagePlayKatsuhide Suzuki2015-10-012010A stage play canon to the Resident Evil universe
31BuyResident Evil: Revelations 2GameYasuhiro Ampo2015-02-252011
32BuyRevelations 2: The StruggleGameYasuhiro Ampo2015-02-252011Takes place halfway through Revelations 2
33BuyRevelations 2: Little MissGameYasuhiro Ampo2015-02-252011Takes place halfway through Revelations 2
34BuyResident Evil: DamnationFilmMakoto Kamiya2012-10-092011
35BuyResident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 1Graphic NovelNaoki Serizawa2012-06-082012
36BuyResident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 2Graphic NovelNaoki Serizawa2012-10-052012
37BuyResident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 3Graphic NovelNaoki Serizawa2013-01-082012
38BuyResident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 4Graphic NovelNaoki Serizawa2013-05-082012
39BuyResident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 5Graphic NovelNaoki Serizawa2013-10-082012
40BuyResident Evil 6GameEiichiro Sasaki2012-10-022012
41BuyBiohazard: Heavenly IslandGraphic NovelNaoki Serizawa2015-03-062014
42BuyResident Evil: Umbrella CorpsGame2016-06-212014
43BuyResident Evil: VendettaFilmTakanori Tsujimoto2017-05-272014
44BuyResident Evil 7: Biohazard: DaughtersGameKōshi Nakanishi2017-01-262014
45BuyResident Evil 7: BiohazardGameKōshi Nakanishi2017-01-262017
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All comments.

  1. re

    forgot resident evil vendetta (film)

    1. Jason Hamilton


  2. re

    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?