Does Netflix’s Resident Evil stay true to the video game story?

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: July 14, 2022 (Last updated: April 3, 2023)
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This article, “does Netflix’s Resident Evil stay true to the video game story” does not contain spoilers regarding season 1. 

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As soon as Netflix announced that they would be producing a series of Resident Evil, it was soon speculated whether the series would feature a storyline from one of the games or a completely new storyline. Although there are several movies based on the popular horror video game, there didn’t seem to be any rumour that the TV Show would be based on any of them. And even if the show decided to start afresh or borrow from one of the many storylines featured in the franchise, either would have its pros and cons with fans. But what does the Netflix show go with?

Does Netflix’s Resident Evil stay true to the video game story?

Basically, Resident Evil is a brand new take on the highly successful horror video game. Whilst it takes place in its own universe, it still uses some of the characters from the game, such as Albert Wesker and Ada Wong. (Although, of course, we don’t see Ada Wong in Season 1, it seems that her appearance is being set up for a second season).

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The producer/showrunner/writer of Resident Evil, Andrew Dabb, has said that one of the aspects that he is most excited for audiences to see is an expansion of the world in a modern-day environment. And by using some characters from the game and some characters that he and the other writers created, Andrew Dabb believes he has achieved that goal. And for fans of the video games, rest assured there are plenty of Easter Eggs.

Whilst there may be some fans that may be disappointed that the series may slightly (or massively) divert away from the video games, hopefully, there’ll be plenty that is pleased with the end result! The first trailer of Resident Evil may not have gotten the best response, mainly for not appearing to be like any of the video games.

We are interested in what the fans think? Do you think this series stays true to the game? What are your thoughts after seeing the trailer? But most importantly, what are your thoughts after seeing the series? Comment below. 

You can watch this series with a subscription to Netflix.

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