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.

11978Wesker's Report IIShort FilmCapcom2004Released exclusively on Capcom's European Website. Available online.
21998Wesker's ReportShort FilmCapcom2000Offered in Various Releases of CODE:Veronica X Available online.
31998BuyResident Evil ZeroGameCapcom2002
41998BuyUmbrella Chronicles: BeginningsGameCapcom2007Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil Zero
51998BuyResident EvilGameCapcom2002Remake of the original release
61998BuyUmbrella Chronicles: RebirthGameCapcom2007
71998BuyResident Evil 3: NemesisGameCapcom1999First half occurs 24 hours before Resident Evil 2, second half two days after
81998BuyResident Evil 2GameCapcom1998
91998BuyResident Evil OutbreakGameCapcom2003Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2
101998BuyResident Evil Outbreak: File #2GameCapcom2004Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2
111998BuyUmbrella Chronicles: The 4th SurvivorGameCapcom2007Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2
121998BuyUmbrella Chronicles: Death's DoorGameCapcom2007Takes place concurrently with Resident Evil 2
131998Biohazard 4D-ExecutorFilmKoichi Ohata2000
141998BuyResident Evil SurvivorGameCapcom2000
151998BuyResident Evil CODE:VeronicaGameCapcom2000
162002BuyThe Darkside Chronicles: Operation JavierGameCapcom2009
172002BuyResident Evil: Dead AimGameCapcom2003
182003BuyUmbrella Chronicles: Wesker's Extra ReportAudio DramaCapcom2007Came with special editions of the Japanese version of the title. Available online.
192003Umbrella Chronicles: Prelude to the FallComicMasaru Miyazaki2007
202003BuyUmbrella Chronicles: Umbrella's EndGameCapcom2007
212003BuyUmbrella Chronicles: Dark LegacyGameCapcom2007
222004BuyResident Evil 4GameCapcom2005
232005Revelations: Rachel's TrailerShort FilmCapcom2012Available online.
242005Revelations: Jessica's ReportShort FilmCapcom2012DVD extra that was sold in Japan in Limited numbers alongside RE: Revelations. Available online.
252005BuyResident Evil: RevelationsGameCapcom2012
262005BuyResident Evil: DegenerationFilmMakoto Kamiya2008
272006BuyResident Evil 5: Lost in NightmaresGameCapcom2010
282009BuyResident Evil 5GameCapcom2009
292009BuyResident Evil 5: Desparate EscapeGameCapcom2010Takes place halfway through Resident Evil 5
302010Biohazard: The StagePlayKatsuhide Suzuki2015A stage play canon to the Resident Evil universe
312011BuyResident Evil: Revelations 2GameCapcom2014
322011BuyRevelations 2: The StruggleGameCapcom2014Takes place halfway through Revelations 2
332011BuyRevelations 2: Little MissGameCapcom2014Takes place halfway through Revelations 2
342011BuyResident Evil: DamnationFilmMakoto Kamiya2012
352012BuyResident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 1ComicNaoki Serizawa2014
362012BuyResident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 2ComicNaoki Serizawa2015
372012BuyResident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 3ComicNaoki Serizawa2015
382012BuyResident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 4ComicNaoki Serizawa2015
392012BuyResident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, Vol. 5ComicNaoki Serizawa2015
402012BuyResident Evil 6GameCapcom2012
412014Biohazard: Heavenly IslandComicNaoki Serizawa2015
422014BuyResident Evil: Umbrella CorpsGameCapcom2016
432014BuyResident Evil 7: Biohazard: DaughtersGameCapcom2017
442017BuyResident Evil 7: BiohazardGameCapcom2017

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