Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will be canon to the video game lore. According to Netflix, the upcoming CGI series will be part of the current RE universe.
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will come out on Netflix next year. So far, the streaming service confirmed this detail on Twitter, even if the facts are scant right now. The news creates a brand new timeline for both protagonists within the series.
Canon confirmation opens up RE lore
According to the tweet, the series will be all-original but comes within the Resident Evil canon. There’s no other crucial detail they listed at the moment.
When biohazards run wild, only a pair of veteran zombie slayers can get the job done. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is a new original series set in the canon of @CapcomUSA_’s classic survival horror franchise @RE_Games, coming next year. pic.twitter.com/nuBKVgXuzp
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) October 27, 2020
When biohazards run wild, only a pair of veteran zombie slayers can get the job done,” said the tweet from NX, the “geek” arm of Netflix. “Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is a new original series set in the canon of @CapcomUSA_’s classic survival horror franchise @RE_Games, coming next year.”
From this small confirmation, there are a few details that fans of the game can extrapolate. First, the series features Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, seen together in Resident Evil 2. The CGI series will put where both were right after the game.
As players know, Resident Evil 4 brought Leon to Spain to rescue Ashley Graham. All Infinite Darkness will likely track both characters where they were between RE2 and RE4.
The tweet also uses the term “biohazard” rather than “zombie,” which is the correct use for the series. Many of the monsters in Resident Evil are not real “zombies,” but bioweapons’ viruses infect humans.
It’s also interesting to note that Biohazard is the subtitle to Resident Evil 7. RE7 focuses on a family in the bayou, infected by the Mold.
Resident Evil movies have a terrible history with canon
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will be much different from other RE shows and movies. RE has a history of distancing itself from the films and series, and for a reason. In many cases, the director applies too much creative freedom for the movies to make sense.
The Milla Jovovich movies, for example, were fast and loose with Resident Evil lore. It resulted in middling stories that were fun but products of the director that made them.
The tweet also included two screenshots of both protagonists. So far, both characters look more grizzled than ever. Their looks can result from either creative freedom or a time skip from the events of Resident Evil 2.
Netflix is also looking to make a live-action series for RE. On the flip side, the live-action will focus on the daughters of Albert Wesker. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness will come out next year and will run for eight episodes.