January 26, 2023

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As Resident Evil turns 25, its loremaster digs into the first game’s many secrets

Resident Evil is celebrating its 25th birthday. The first game in the Capcom’s zombie horror series launched in Japan on the PlayStation on 22nd March, 1996. It is a well-documented work, a game analysed to within an inch of its life over the years in articles and videos and interviews. So, to mark the occasion, we thought we’d do something a bit different: speak to Resident Evil’s loremaster to get fresh insight into the Resident Evil that started it all.

“TheBatMan” is perhaps the biggest Resident Evil fan in the world, and we’ve reported on his work before: a 2700-page long document, a decade in the making, that details the entire mythology of the Resident Evil series.

As I said at the time, it is comprehensive. Totally, utterly comprehensive. It starts millions of years ago, with the genesis of the Plagas from Resident Evil 4, then moves all the way up to the events of Resident Evil 7. This is a canonical summary – as canonical as an unauthorised timeline can be, anyway – of the entire video game series.

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