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.

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateTimeNotes
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.
3Resident Evil ZeroGameKoji Oda2002-11-121998
4Umbrella Chronicles: BeginningsGameYasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake2007-11-131998Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil Zero
5Resident EvilGameShinji Mikami1996-03-301998Remake of the original release
6Umbrella Chronicles: RebirthGameYasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake2007-11-131998
7Resident Evil 2 (Remastered)GameKazunori Kadoi, Yasuhiro Ampo2019-01-251998Original game came out in 1998.
8Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (Remastered)GameKiyohiko Sakata2020-04-031998First half occurs 24 hours before Resident Evil 2, second half two days after
9Resident Evil OutbreakGameEiichiro Sasaki2003-12-111998Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2
10Resident Evil Outbreak: File #2GameEiichiro Sasaki2004-09-091998Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2
11Umbrella Chronicles: The 4th SurvivorGameYasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake2007-11-131998Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2
12Umbrella Chronicles: Death's DoorGameYasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake2007-11-131998Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2
13Biohazard 4D-ExecutorFilmKōichi Ōhata 2000-01-011998
14Resident Evil SurvivorGameHiroyuki Kai2000-01-271998
15Resident Evil CODE: VeronicaGameHiroki Kato2000-02-031998
16The 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
17Resident Evil: Dead AimGameEiro Shirahama, Takuya Iwasaki2003-02-132002
18Umbrella 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
20Umbrella Chronicles: Umbrella's EndGameYasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake2007-11-132003
21Umbrella Chronicles: Dark LegacyGameYasuhiro Seto, Hiroaki Kotake2007-11-132003
22Resident 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.
25Resident Evil: RevelationsGameKoshi Nakanishi, Tomohiro Shingu2012-01-262005
26Resident Evil: DegenerationFilmMakoto Kamiya2008-10-182005
27Resident Evil 5: Lost in NightmaresGameKenichi Ueda2009-03-052006
28Resident Evil 5GameKenichi Ueda2009-03-052009
29Resident 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
31Resident Evil: Revelations 2GameYasuhiro Ampo2015-02-252011
32Revelations 2: The StruggleGameYasuhiro Ampo2015-02-252011Takes place halfway through Revelations 2
33Revelations 2: Little MissGameYasuhiro Ampo2015-02-252011Takes place halfway through Revelations 2
34Resident Evil: DamnationFilmMakoto Kamiya2012-10-092011
35Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 1Graphic NovelNaoki Serizawa2012-06-082012
36Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 2Graphic NovelNaoki Serizawa2012-10-052012
37Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 3Graphic NovelNaoki Serizawa2013-01-082012
38Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 4Graphic NovelNaoki Serizawa2013-05-082012
39Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 5Graphic NovelNaoki Serizawa2013-10-082012
40Resident Evil 6GameEiichiro Sasaki2012-10-022012
41Biohazard: Heavenly IslandGraphic NovelNaoki Serizawa2015-03-062014
42Resident Evil: Umbrella CorpsGame2016-06-212014
43Resident Evil: VendettaFilmTakanori Tsujimoto2017-05-272014
44Resident Evil 7: Biohazard: DaughtersGameKōshi Nakanishi2017-01-262014
45Resident Evil 7: BiohazardGameKōshi Nakanishi2017-01-262017