By release date and schedule

By release date and schedule

RESIDENT Evil is a long-running horror video game that has expanded into film, television, and even comics.

Starting in 1996, Resident Evil was called Biohazard in Japan, where the game originated.

Resident Evil 4 was released on the Nintendo GameCube in 2005.


Resident Evil 4 was released on the Nintendo GameCube in 2005.Credit: Alamy

Resident Evil games in order of release date

Resident Evil (1996)

Japanese game developer Capcom initially released Resident Evil under the name Biohazard in Japan.

Resident Evil is a third-person survival horror game and is credited with bringing zombies back into popular culture.

It takes place on the outskirts of Raccoon City, where the player meets members of the Bravo and Alpha teams.

There are multiple different outcomes depending on the player’s decisions throughout the game.

Resident Evil 2 (1998)

Taking place two months after the original game, Resident Evil 2 follows Claire Redfield, Chris’s sister from the first game.

You can explore the laboratories of the Umbrella Corporation and discover the secrets of the G-Virus hidden within.

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999)

This Resident Evil outing occurs 24 hours before Resident Evil 2 and runs concurrently with those events.

The population of Raccoon City has been turned into zombies by the T-Virus, a biological weapon.

As in all games, the actions chosen by the player affect the outcome of the plot.

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Resident Evil Survivor (2000)

This is the first of the spin-off games in the series, it’s a light and fun first person shooter instead of a third person like the previous three.

It takes place after the destruction of Raccoon City, where a pilot crashes on an island.

The player must escape the island and the Hypnos Tyrant that is after him.

Resident Evil: Code Veronica (2000)

Code Veronica takes place between the events of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3.

He returns to Claire and Chris Redfield when the player switches between the characters, escaping from the Umbrella Corporation’s Antarctic facility.

Resident Evil: Code Veronica X (2001)

The original Code Veronica game was on the Dreamcast platform, so an expanded version of the game was released on the PlayStation.

There is about 10 more minutes of cut-scenes revealing Wesker’s relationship with Umbrella.

Resident Evil Survivor 2 – Code: Veronica (2001)

A non-canon game that you can skip if you’re only interested in the main story of the franchise.

This was another light gun shooting game where the player as Claire escapes from the Umbrella prison.

It’s not canon as -spoiler warning- it’s revealed to be a dream sequence at the end.

Resident Evil Gaiden (2001)

Another non-canon game that made its way to Nintendo’s Gameboy Color, bringing some characters from the main games onto a luxury ship.

Once again, the player must defeat the Umbrella Corporation in their quest to make bio-organic weapons.

Remake of Resident Evil (2002)

This is the remake of the original PlayStation game, it came exclusively to the Nintendo GameCube.

Resident Evil (2002) features new gameplay, such as revised puzzles, additional areas, and new story details.

Resident Evil Zero (2002)

Stylized with ‘Zero’ and ‘0’, this game is a prequel to Resident Evil (1996).

It reveals the origins of the T-virus bioweapon and involves a man with the ability to control leeches.

Resident Evil: Dead Aim (2003)

Dead Aim is the first game to switch between third and first person gameplay.

It takes place four years after the Raccoon City incident on an island with an Umbrella facility.

Resident Evil Outbreak (2003)

An episodic game in which players can control eight different characters in Raccoon City, a city infested with zombies, but the scenarios are not chronological.

It was the first game in the franchise to feature online multiplayer support.

Resident Evil Outbreak: File #2 (2004)

The sequel to Outbreak features the same eight characters in the same zombie-run Raccoon City.

There are some scenarios that can have a good ending, while others have a bad one.

Resident Evil 4 (2005)

Originally released on the GameCube, this allows players to control US government agent Leon S. Kennedy, a regular in the franchise.

It won multiple Game of the Year awards upon its release and is often called one of the best video games ever made.

Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles (2007)

The first Resident Evil game released for the Wii and uses narration by Albert Wesker.

Wesker is a former Umbrella Corporation scientist and the game retells the first 4 games plus the prequel through his eyes.

Resident Evil: Genesis (2008)

This is a mobile phone version of the original game.

It omits the original character Chris Redfield and deviates from the canon story.

Resident Evil 5 (2009)

The fifth installment in the series brings back Chris Redfield and Albert Wesker.

It was the first game to feature two-player cooperative play.

Resident Evil: The Dark Side Chronicles (2009)

The Darkside Chronicles serves as a prequel to the events of Resident Evil 4.

It focuses on retelling Resident Evil 2 and Code Veronica and the personal stories involved in them.

Resident Evil: The Expendables 3D (2011)

Released on the Nintendo 3DS, this game was a combination of mini-games featured in Resident Evil 4 and 5.

Players can choose to aim from first person, but the game is in third person.

Resident Evil: Revelations (2012)

Set shortly after the events of Resident Evil 4, it follows Chris Redfield as he attempts to uncover the truth behind Umbrella.

Players can complete episodes that have puzzle and shooter aspects, as well as a multiplayer mode.

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (2012)

Taking the series back to Resident Evil 2 and 3, this is a non-canon game.

Use Umbrella mercenaries to fight Raccoon City’s zombie outbreak.

Resident Evil 6 (2012)

This was a huge release for the games, bringing back Chris Redfield and Leon S. Kennedy.

The interlocking campaigns, with unique styling and graphics made for a mixed critical reception.

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 (2015)

A sequel to Resident Evil Revelations and Resident Evil 5, it marks the return of Claire Redfield.

The story consists of four episodes divided between the past and present and features the Raid mode from the first Revelations game.

Resident Evil 0 (Remaster) (2016)

This is a remaster of the original Resident Evil Zero game, quality and textures were improved.

There were few plot changes, and some fans preferred the original graphics.

Umbrella Corps (2016)

Another non-canon game, but the first in the franchise to receive overwhelmingly negative reviews.

It is a spin-off of the central story.

Resident Evil 7 (2017)

The seventh installment in the franchise sees you play as Ethan Winters as he searches for his missing wife.

Often known as Resident Evil: Biohazard, it emphasizes horror and exploration over action.

Resident Evil 2 Remake (2019)

A remake of the 1998 game, returning to Leon and Claire as they escape zombies in Raccoon City.

The game has different difficulties and also mini-games redone from the original version.

Resident Evil 3 Remake (2020)

Another remake of one of the earliest games in the franchise, using a third-person perspective to control Jill Valentine.

There are computer controlled monsters to hinder players’ progress and you can unlock additional difficulty levels.

Resident Evil: Resistance (2020)

It is about four players who compete against an intellectual player, who sets traps.

The game takes place at the same time as the Raccoon City incident.

Resident Evil Village (2021)

Play as Ethan Winters as he searches for his daughter in a city overrun by mutants.

Like some of its predecessors, this Resident Evil game won Game of the Year at the Golden Joystick Awards.

Resident Evil RE:verse (2022)

This is a multiplayer video game that features short battles for players to get stuck into.

It was announced in celebration of the franchise’s 25th anniversary.

Resident Evil games in order by timeline

The order of these games can be a bit confusing with many side stories connected to the main race.

Some are non-canon, as explained above, but have still been listed.

If you want the whole story of Resident Evil, there are also canon movies and manga for you to watch or read.

  • Resident Evil 0 (2016)
  • Remake of Resident Evil (2002)
  • Resident Evil 2 (1998)
  • Resident Evil 2 Remake (2019)
  • Resident Evil 3 (1999)
  • Resident Evil 3 Remake (2020)
  • Resident Evil: Outbreak (2003)
  • Resident Evil: Outbreak File #2 (2004)
  • Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City (2012)
  • Resident Evil Survivor (2000)
  • Resident Evil: Code Veronica X (2001)
  • Resident Evil: Survivor 2 – Code Veronica (2001)
  • Resident Evil Gaiden (2001)
  • Resident Evil: Dead Aim (2003)
  • Resident Evil: Darkside Chronicles (2009)
  • Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles (2007)
  • Resident Evil 4 (2005)
  • Resident Evil Revelations (2012)
  • Resident Evil 6 (2012)
  • Umbrella Corps (2016)
  • Resident Evil 7 (2017)
  • Resident Evil Village (2021)
  • Resident Evil RE:verse (2022)
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